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Central to the BRC’s effectiveness are its political relationships. We are active in Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Brussels and work with the Governments, Executives and Parliaments at each of these locations to promote the importance of retail and influence the legislative and regulatory framework in which retailers have to operate.

The BRC works closely with almost every UK Government department, given the wide ranging issues that can affect retail and we are a key consultee for the UK Government, Scottish Government, Welsh Assembley Government and Northern Ireland Executive whenever new legislation is considered. This enables us to make sure members are aware of potential changes coming their way and enables us to ensure the impact of this on retailers is fully realised, and hopefully minimised, before ideas become law.

The BRC’s relationship with elected politicians is crucially important. With retailers operating in every constituency and with one in every eight households including a shopworker, every elected member of each Parliament should consider the health of their local retail offer and the sector more generally as central to their constituency work. The BRC engages with Parliaments at all levels including work with Opposition spokespeople, formal committees, backbench MPs and those working on specific pieces of legislation. We have regular meetings with parliamentarians, provide regular briefings on issues of importance to the sector and work with the parliamentary systems to make sure retail’s voice is heard.

The BRC provides the secretariat to the All Party Retail Group, an official group of MPs and Peers who have indicated they are particularly interested in the retail sector. Click here to find out more.

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