Our guest speaker at this online meeting is Andrew Goodacre, Chief Executive of the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA), which represents more than 4,000 independent retailers throughout the UK, ranging from a small hardware shop to an independent department store.
Andrew has been its CEO since September 2018, having previously spent many years in the hospitality industry.
He believes that independents are at the heart of every good high street, and will continue to make a valuable contribution to their local economies and local communities.
Although he currently lives in West Midlands, he was previously a resident of Harrogate for 15 years, leaving in 2013.
We aim to finish the meeting at 9.30am.