The British Retail Consortium welcomes UK’s new National Cyber Security Strategy

London, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium (BRC) welcomes the publication today (November 01, 2016) of the UK’s new National Cyber Security Strategy (2016-2021).

The Government’s decision to allocate £1.9bn investment towards implementing the new approach is an important move, and reflects the now widely-acknowledged reality that a step-change is needed to tackle this enormous societal challenge. The retail industry looks forward to developing the strong partnerships that have already being created with government and law enforcement agencies in this area, and working with partners including the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to ensure that the UK is secure and resilient to cyber threats.

The indication in the strategy that the government will define how the private sector and the public engage with the Government during a cyber incident, and that the

Government’s level of support for each sector will be clearly defined and understood, is particularly welcome. The retail industry has been calling for greater coordination around the response to cyber security incidents and the BRC believes the creation of the NCSC in support of the strategy presents a unique opportunity to begin to develop a more coordinated approach to public-private cooperation.

HUGO ROSEMONT, CRIME AND SECURITY POLICY ADVISER AT THE BRC SAID:

“Strong public-private cooperation is an essential ingredient of an effective approach to cyber security, and the emphasis the new strategy places on partnership with industry is very encouraging. Following hot on the heels of the recent launch of the NCSC, the strategy is an effective framework that can help to strengthen the UK’s digital resilience. The British population is one of the world’s biggest users of e-commerce and the retail industry is encouraged by the steps the Government is taking to work with industry, and make sure the UK is one of the safest places to do business online.”

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The British Retail Consortium published the first Interpretation Guideline for its BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Issue 2

LONDON, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has today published the first Interpretation Guideline for its internationally recognised BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Issue 2.

Originally introduced in 2006, the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution was developed by a multi-stakeholder group including industry representatives, certification bodies and retailers, to provide the essential certification link between the range of BRC manufacturing Standards and the end users; retailers and food service companies. The Standard is designed to ensure best practice in handling, storage and distribution of products and promotes continuous improvement in operating practices to ensure product safety, quality and legality. It also enables certification of a range of contracted services commonly operated by storage companies on behalf of their customers to take into account the often diverse operations and networks making up the distribution chain.

The Interpretation Guideline explores the principles behind each of the requirements of the Standard clause by clause, identifying methods of compliance. It assists companies in effective implementation across all industry sectors, helping manufacturers to obtain certification to the Standard.

Thomas Owen, BRC Global Standards Storage and Distribution Scheme Manager, said: “Since we now have over 1,000 sites certificated to the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution, the development of the Interpretation Guideline was key to ensure all our sites are able to interpret clauses accurately and understand the requirements of the Standard. As we continue to see an increase in the number of sites across the globe, it was important for us to support this growth with guidance for sites implementing the Standard or maintaining their certification.”

The Interpretation Guideline for the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution is available on BRC Participate. Launched last year, BRC Participate offers immediate access to all documents relevant to a particular Standard, linking them clause by clause. Printed copies and PDF downloads of the Interpretation Guideline are also available for purchase from the BRC Bookshop.

Notes to Editors:

About BRC Global Standards
BRC Global Standards are the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality standards programmes for food manufacture, packaging, storage, and distribution. BRC Global Standards are generated with the help of technical specialists, retailers, manufacturers and certification bodies from around the world, so everything is based on practicality, rigour and clarity.

The BRC Global Standards certification scheme offer comprehensive support to help new and established businesses to achieve and maintain their quality and safety aims.

For more information please visit www.brcglobalstandards.com

Media Contacts:

BRC Press Office +44 (0)20 7854 8924 / +44 (0)7921 605544

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) published the 5th issue of its internationally recognised BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials

LONDON, 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has published the fifth issue of its internationally recognised BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials on 1 July 2015, and audits against Issue 5 will begin on 1 January 2016.

The Standard now provides a framework for all types of packaging manufacturers to assist them in the production of safe packaging materials and to manage product quality to meet customers’ requirements. Certification against the Standard is recognised by many brand owners, retailers, food service companies and manufacturers around the world when assessing the capabilities of their suppliers. In response to demand, the Standard has been translated into many languages to facilitate implementation by packaging materials companies across the world.

The Standard has been developed to specify the product safety, quality and operational criteria that must be in place within a packaging manufacturing organisation in order for it to fulfil its obligations with regard to legal compliance and protection of the consumer. The format is designed to allow a company’s premises, operational systems and procedures to be assessed against the requirements of the Standard by a competent third party – the certification body

What’s new in Issue 5?
The development of Issue 5 followed a wide consultation to understand stakeholders’ requirements. A review of emerging issues was also carried out in the packaging industry and the industries it supplies. The information has been developed and reviewed by a working group composed of stakeholders representing different sectors of the packaging materials manufacturing industry, retailers, brand owners, certification bodies and independent technical experts.

The focus for Issue 5 is:
• a move from ‘good practice’ to ‘best practice’
• the quality management systems process in printed packaging controls
• continuing to ensure consistency of the audit process
• providing a Standard that meets retailers’ and brand owners’ needs to reduce the audit burden
• better recognition of the diversity of the packaging industry and its customers’ demands
• encouraging greater transparency and traceability in the supply chain
• encouraging adoption of the Standard as a means of improving product safety at small sites and facilities where processes are still in development

The requirements of Issue 5 have evolved from those of previous issues. There continues to be an emphasis on management commitment, a hazard and risk analysis-based product safety programme and a supporting quality management system. The objective has been to direct the focus of the audit towards the implementation of good manufacturing practices within the production areas while recognising the diversity and breadth of the packaging industry, and the skills required to audit it.

Joanna Griffiths BRC Global Standards Technical Manager, said: “The development of Issue 5 has been based on the values of the previous issues while ensuring that the update reflects the latest best practices. The consultation with the users of the Standard set the main focus for the rewrite which was to reduce the need for multiple audits and encourage consistency of the audit process; we believe the working groups have achieved this aim.” The BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 5 will be available on BRC Participate, along with the Interpretation Guideline and additional supporting publications. Recently launched, BRC Participate offers immediate access to all documents relevant to a particular Standard, linking them clause by clause. Printed copies and PDF downloads are also available for purchase from the BRC Bookshop.

Notes to Editors:

About BRC Global Standards
BRC Global Standards are the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality standards programmes for food manufacture, packaging, storage, and distribution. BRC Global Standards are generated with the help of technical specialists, retailers, manufacturers and certification bodies from around the world, so everything is based on practicality, rigour and clarity.

The BRC Global Standards certification scheme offer comprehensive support to help new and established businesses to achieve and maintain their quality and safety aims.

For more information please visit www.brcglobalstandards.com

Media Contacts: BRC Press Office +44 (0)20 7854 8924 / +44 (0)7921 605544

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) launched new initiative to enable UK retailers to improve their energy efficiency

LONDON, 2015-2-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has today launched a new initiative to enable UK retailers to improve their energy efficiency, in turn driving down business costs and reducing the environmental impact of their operations.

With 25-in-5: Unlocking Energy Efficiency through Smart Regulation, the BRC aims to harness the experience, knowledge and best practices of its members, leading to the rapid deployment of low and zero carbon technologies right across the retail industry. With energy costs expected to increase significantly over the next five years, greater energy efficiency is vital for the long-term growth and viability of the industry, not to mention helping the fight against climate change. The BRC believes that a clearer and more accessible policy landscape can deliver great potential in energy efficiency for the future.

As outlined in 25-in-5, British retailers are already leading the way where it comes to energy efficiency, cutting down significantly on the environmental impact of their operations across a range of areas. Achievements to date include:

  • A 33 per cent reduction in carbon emissions in stores between 2005 and 2012;
  • A 27 per cent fall in carbon emissions resulting from store deliveries in the same period and,
  • An overall drop in energy consumption from buildings of 50 per cent based on 2005 levels.

It is clear that further progress by Britain’s retailers will depend upon measures to simplify an overly complex, unwieldy and misaligned policy landscape which presents much uncertainly for companies, making it difficult for them to invest and bring about further efficiencies. The BRC believes that a range of small, but significant policy simplifications could lead to further improvements in energy efficiency across the retail industry, which will in turn help drive greater investment in green technologies to the benefit of the wider economy while also achieving significant steps towards climate change and energy security objectives.

BRC Director General Helen Dickinson said: “Energy and energy efficiency are of strategic importance to Britain’s retailers. Through our 25-in-5 campaign, we believe we can build on what has been done so far to help drive energy efficiency across the retail industry, allowing our members to benefit from significant energy cost savings while at the same time making a vital contribution to the UK’s climate change and energy security goals”.

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British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

The British Retail Consortium published the seventh issue of its internationally recognised BRC Global Standard for Food Safety

LONDON, 2015-1-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has published the seventh issue of its internationally recognised BRC Global Standard for Food Safety on 7 January 2015, and audits against Issue 7 will begin in July 2015.

The BRC Global Standards are internationally recognised as the market leaders setting the benchmark for good manufacturing practices in food, packaging, storage and distribution, agents and brokers, and consumer products. Certification enables customers to have confidence in their suppliers, and helps suppliers by allowing them to show they are maintaining high standards of safety, quality and legal compliance.

What’s new in Issue 7?
The development of Issue 7 followed a wide consultation to understand stakeholders’ requirements, and a review of emerging issues in the food industry. The information has been developed and reviewed by working groups made up of international stakeholders representing food manufacturers, retailers, food service companies, certification bodies and independent technical experts.

The focus of attention for Issue 7 has been:
• continuing to ensure consistency of the audit process
• providing a Standard with the flexibility to include additional voluntary modules to reduce the audit burden
• encouraging sites to put systems in place to reduce their exposure to fraud • encouraging greater transparency and traceability in the supply chain
• encouraging adoption of the Standard as a means of improving food safety in small sites and facilities where processes are still in development.

The requirements of Issue 7 of the Standard are an evolution from previous issues, with a continued emphasis on management commitment, a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)-based food safety programme and supporting quality management system.

The objective has been to direct the focus of the audit towards the implementation of good manufacturing practices within the production areas with increased emphasis on areas which have traditionally resulted in recalls and withdrawals (e.g. label and packing management).

David Brackston BRC Global Standards Technical Director, said: “The development of Issue 7 has been based on the values of the previous issues while ensuring that the update reflects the latest best practices. The consultation with the users of the Standard set the main focus for the rewrite which was to reduce the need for multiple audits and encourage consistency of the audit process; we believe the working groups have achieved this aim.”

The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7 will be available on BRC Participate, along with the Interpretation Guideline and additional supporting publications. Recently launched, BRC Participate offers immediate access to all documents relevant to a particular Standard, linking them clause by clause. Printed copies and PDF downloads are also available for purchase from the BRC Bookshop.

Notes to Editors:

About BRC Global Standards
BRC Global Standards are the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality standards programmes for food manufacture, packaging, storage, and distribution. BRC Global Standards are generated with the help of technical specialists, retailers, manufacturers and certification bodies from around the world, so everything is based on practicality, rigour and clarity.

The BRC Global Standards certification scheme offer comprehensive support to help new and established businesses to achieve and maintain their quality and safety aims.

For more information please visit www.brcglobalstandards.com
Media Contacts: BRC Press Office +44 (0)20 7854 8924 / +44 (0)7921 605544

The British Retail Consortium responds to proposals on business rates from the Labour Party

LONDON, 2014-9-22— /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has today responded to proposals on business rates from the Labour Party.

Ed Miliband has announced a 1 per cent cut in business rates in 2015 if Labour is in power after the election. The move would involve reversing the inflation-linked increase scheduled for April 2015 and scrapping the planned increase in 2016.

More than 100 companies signed a BRC-coordinated open letter last week warning that business rates are a critical problem that needs to be addressed and pressure is growing on political parties to reform the tax.

Responding to the announcement BRC Director General Helen Dickinson said: “We are heartened that Labour has listened to retailers’ concerns on business rates. As well as leading the debate on fundamental change, the BRC has been strongly encouraging the continuation of an immediate package for retailers to support the high street and it is very welcome to hear it announced.”

“UK business rates are the highest property taxes of any EU country and lead directly to vacant shops and job losses. It is widely agreed that the system is no longer fit for purpose and requires total reform.”

“We look forward to discussing the road to broader reforms with Labour as we draw closer to the election.”

Media Contacts
BRC Press Office 020 7854 8924 / 020 7854 8920 / 07921 605544

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