Retail policy launched

Glyn Roberts
Glyn Roberts

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association has launched itsAlternative Programme for Government in Lisburn with the Chamber of Commerce.

The Programme outlines 97 recommendations, setting out policy priorities for the each of the nine new Executive departments, which will be established after the Assembly election.

NIIRTA is the first business organisation to produce a plan for the new nine departments to get Northern Ireland working again.

Glyn Roberts, NIIRTA Chief Executive said: “NIIRTA is the first business organisation to publish a comprehensive five year policy plan for all nine departments and for the new Assembly. “While retail and town centres are central to this report, this is a plan for our economy as a whole.

“Retail is the largest contributor to our private sector economy but today our members still feel that there are too many barriers to business in place.

“We are calling for the Executive to take our proposals on board and to work to secure retail’s rightful position as a key partner for growth in a new, more efficient private sector led Northern Ireland.

“In our Economic Programme for Government we outline detailed proposals for a radical reform of business rates, new Enterprise Zones, City Deals, more BIDs and investment in infrastructure.

“Action on addressing the high business costs and a coordinated plan to tackle red tape are key priorities in our Plan.