Bira welcomes decision to extend government protection scheme

Bira members’ survey results helps extend protection for businesses from aggressive debt collection

Written by Georgie Dobie

Posted 22.06.2020 | Retail

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Bira has welcomed the decision to extend protection for businesses from aggressive debt collection.

The extended measures will prevent struggling retailers from eviction until September. The protection was due to expire on 30 June

The decision was made by the Government after Bira shared information supplied by you in a recent members’ survey. 

The survey revealed that fewer than half of you who had discussed rental payments with landlords during the UK-wide lockdown saw a positive outcome. 

More than 80 per cent (83.4 per cent) of you who responded to the poll said they had discussed rental payments with landlords. However, just 41 per cent of you had received a positive response. 

Almost one third (28.7 per cent) of you said their landlords would offer them no help, while 3.7 per cent said you had been threatened with legal action. 

Andrew Goodacre, Bira’s CEO, said: “Bira welcomes the extension to the moratorium. 

“In a recent members survey, 80 per cent of respondents had tried to negotiate with landlords, and 60 per cent of landlords had refused. 

“It was clear that retailers needed more protection and this moratorium goes some way to achieving that. We hope now that landlords will work with tenants to find a mutually acceptable solution.” 

He added: “I’d like to thank all the members who took part in this survey as the results have helped to shape this outcome.” 

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