The Retail industry is represented in the UK by the British Independent Retailers Association (bira) 

They are the leading trade association for independent retailers in the UK. Their aim is to provide first class support, business services and specialist representation to their members.

The bira represent thousands of members across the UK from single retail outlets to small chains, dealers, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors. They are here to help independent retail businesses get connected with others in the industry, whilst providing expert knowledge, support and access to a wide range of specialist business services, saving you time and money. 

They are strongly committed to championing the independents. They continually evolve in response to the changing retail world and needs of our members. In a highly competitive market, they help independent retailers stay one step ahead.

Membership categories and criteria

  • Retail Membership - for independent retailers with business rated premises in the UK. 
  • Associate Membership - for suppliers, service providers, training partners and related industry bodies.
  • Retired membership - for individuals who have worked in the independent retail industry and want to keep in touch during their retirement. 

For more information on all the member services, click here

Policy and Media

bira exists solely to make the world a better place for independent retailers.

They influence public debate, monitor and shape new legislation through the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, keeping bira members one step ahead. They work hard to assist government in its information-gathering activities, carrying out regular surveys of their members to find out how trade is for them.

They regularly appear in local, national and trade press, on local and national radio and TV fighting for the rights of independent retailers and giving their members a voice.

If you would like further information on bira and their services, you can contact them by clicking here.