The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has extended its membership to the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS).
Founded in 1931, NAHS is run by its members and supported by patrons and associates. It provides specialist support and representation for independent health stores.
Bira said: ‘With over 30 services available including our unlimited legal advice line and own bank, we will be able to give NAHS members peace of mind as well as save them money and time.’
Bira membership and marketing director Robert Jarrett added: “We are always looking at ways to support independent retailers from all sectors and to help the Great British High Street thrive.
“This landmark partnership means we can extend our support to health store retailers. The strength of bira membership means we can negotiate with service providers to get the best deals for members on things like card processing and business banking.
“The NAHS will also benefit from our influential legal and parliamentary affairs work and our national position as the voice of independent retail.”
NAHS chairman Gary Trickett commented: “We are delighted to be joining the family of trade associations under the bira umbrella. This will not only enable our members to access the many excellent benefits and support provided by strength in numbers, but will also ensure that NAHS will be gaining the gravitas and influence to enable us to represent our members in the highest political offices. Without a doubt, NAHS and bira will be stronger together.”
The partnership was officially launched by Gary at the Northern Health Trade Summit in Manchester on Sunday (October 22).
Bira works with over 6,500 independent businesses of all sizes. Membership is open to independent retailers across the UK from single retail outlets to small chains, dealers and merchants, as well as associate membership for organisations servicing or allied to the independent retail sector.