Tel: 0845 618 7256
ActSmart is a trade organisation, dedicated to the support and development of independent retailers and their supply partners in the outdoor pursuits, leisure and home activities sectors.
ActSmart is one of fastest growing trade bodies in the UK leisure sector, working with trade associations to develop membership and reach throughout their industry.
ActSmart and our partner organisation The Experts are committed to developing a specialist retail community delivering an extensive range of business support services covering areas of consumer promotion, retail transactional tools, skills development, business services and cost savings, information and advice, small business advocacy.
ActSmart is proud to be a leading member of the Independent Retailers Confederation, through which we can further promote the benefits of retail trade associations working together.
Tel: 01252 515001
The Association of Convenience Stores is the campaigning voice of more than 33,500 local shops. As the convenience store champion, ACS supports its members through lobbying, advice on legislation and issues that affect retailers, and through learning and networking events.
Membership of ACS comprises both retailers and suppliers, and the organisation prides itself on its ability to garner information and knowledge from the sector as a whole. This is then used to provide insight and practical help to benefit all members.
The core purpose of ACS is to lobby and champion the convenience store channel through strong leadership and good communication. ACS complements this by providing a range of services designed specifically for local shops to help them develop their businesses
Tel: 0845 618 7256
The Association of Cycle Traders, best known as the ACT, is the UK's largest cycle industry organisation, committed to the support and longevity of speciality cycle retailing, delivering width of consumer choice, service and value.
The ACT represents the interests of specialist independent cycle shops, hire centres, workshops and their supply partners throughout the UK.
ACT recognises that people are at the heart of speciality retail. Through Cytech, the bicycle industry's training and accreditation scheme, ACT supports the recruitment and development of quality individuals throughout the UK cycle trade.
The Association is committed to the development of consumer focused initiatives, which deliver service and value to cyclists throughout an extensive independent UK retail network.
ACT is a founder member of the UK Cycling Alliance an influential group of organisations committed to the development of cycling and cycling facilities and is a regular contributor to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group.
Tel: 020 7421 4640
The Booksellers Association represents retail and wholesale booksellers in the UK and Ireland. The Independent Booksellers Forum (IBF) is the independents' sector within the BA, and runs the IndieBound marketing campaign - promoting the value of shopping locally and independently to consumers - www.indiebound.org.uk and www.indiebound.co.uk and also Independent Booksellers Week (29th June to 6th July 2013), a week of celebration in the summer focussed on author events, shop local campaigns and local connections between bookshops and other indie retailers www.independentbooksellersweek.org.uk
The IBF also organizes events for independents and facilitates trade liaison between authors, publishers and others.
Tel: 0121 446 6688 (Birmingham office)
Tel: 01295 713333 (Banbury office)
The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) is the voice of independent retailers. We are the leading trade association for independent retailers in the UK. Our aim is to provide first class support, business services and specialist representation to our members.
We represent approximately 7,500 members across the UK from single retail outlets to small chains, dealers, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors.
Tel:0207 440 1595
ERA is a UK based trade association designed to act as a forum for physical and digital retailers of music, video and video games. ERA represents specialist, independent, supermarket, mail order and digital retailers from the likes of HMV, Tesco, Amazon and Game to Netflix, 7digital and Spotify along with a vast array of independent high street shops.
ERA communicates with Government and Industry on behalf of its members and aims to ensure the highest standards of entertainment retail.
Tel: 01747 825200
The Guild was formed in 1995 with a mission to create close links between suppliers and retailers in the independent food sector. With over 1300 members across the UK, it communicates to retailers, producers and suppliers through the ‘industry voice', Fine Food Digest magazine. Through its unique membership database of accredited suppliers, it identifies thousands of speciality food lines available exclusively to the independent sector, enabling retail members to establish a point of difference between themselves and the supermarkets.
Since 1994 the Guild has organised the Great Taste Awards, the national benchmark for speciality food and drink, which now attracts over 8000 entries each year. The GTA has gained widespread recognition among the country's retailers and consumers and is now seen as the benchmark for fine food in the UK. Those products fortunate enough to receive an award cannot only claim to be of the finest quality, but prove it too. All entries undergo rigorous tests by a specially selected panel of experts, including leading chefs, buyers, food critics and deli owners.
The Guild also organises the World Cheese Awards which was first staged in 1988 in London, where it has been staged every year since. Now the awards had grown into the largest international event of its type in the world.
Tel:020 7253 4225
We help members build successful, profitable and sustainable hairdressing, barbering and beauty businesses. We provide membership services including 24/7 access to free employment law advice, free employment contracts, Apprenticeship contracts and chair renting agreements, a packed programme of events, competitions and artistic activities, discounts and savings as well as campaigning on issues which affect our members and their businesses such as the National Minimum Wage, business rates, the high street, tax and VAT, Apprenticeship standards and funding.
People 1st delivers skills solutions for retailers across the UK through a network of retail skills shops.
These retail skills shops:
- Provide access to world-class skills and business support for retailers whatever their size, wherever they are located
- Lead the drive for professional, rewarding careers and skills development for everyone who works in retail
- Create a consistent national approach for training and skills in the UK's largest private sector employer
- Attract talented people into the sector
Tel: 01234 273933
The Pet Industry Federation is the only membership body dedicated to the entire pet specialist sector in the UK, supporting its members with a range of benefits and services.
With a membership of around 1500, PIF members vary in size from small, sole trader enterprises right up to many of the largest players in the industry, and encompass pet shops, groomers, kennels, catteries, manufacturers, and wholesalers. Our professional services category - colleges, publishers, dog walkers and pet sitters - is ever expanding, reflecting the increasing diversity of the sector.
The British Dog Groomers' Association (BDGA) and British Kennel & Cattery Association are both parts of the PIF, representing and supporting members specific to those sectors.
Tel: 01305 752044
The Rural Shops Alliance is a national trade association working to support the owners of independent rural shops. We represent about 7500 such businesses in England. From its inception, the RSA has been a partnership between different types of organisation with an interest in a thriving rural shop sector. Members of the RSA include county councils, rural community councils, supplies to the industry, as well as rural shopkeepers themselves.
It is crucial that the views of rural retailers are heard where they matter. We talk to local government, central government and parliamentarians on issues of importance to rural shopkeepers.
We give practical help to shopkeepers to improve their businesses our websites and journal - rural retailer - give up-to-the-minute guide issues such as legislation, reducing costs and improving sales. We do provide training sessions for rural retailers with the support of our county associate members. We also negotiate a range of special deals for members on goods and services they need.
Tel: 0118 9303132
Tel: 020 7613 4445
Over 128 years ago, The National Association of Goldsmiths (N.A.G.) was established to support the jewellery retailers of Great Britain and Ireland. Representing members and keeping abreast of today's challenges and tomorrow's developments, the N.A.G. is committed to promoting high professional and ethical standards to inspire consumer confidence and enhance member reputation.
The Association is committed to security, education and information, providing industry-leading and internationally-recognised education and training courses, leading conferences and publications including The Jeweller magazine and numerous member benefits and services. The N.A.G. gave birth to the Institute of Registered Valuers in 2008; set up the SaferGems scheme with T.H. March in 2009; led the formation of the Ethical Committee in 2011; and supported the Fair Trade Gold campaign in 2011. The N.A.G. is constantly looking for ways to better support members to ensure that membership of the N.A.G. remains a mark of quality and integrity.
Tel: 01892 541412
The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders represent the interests of independent craft butchers, processors and specialist retailers in England and Wales at industry, UK Government and European level. We provide day to day support for members with advice on hygiene, health and safety, employment and a comprehensive range of business matters.
The Federation works with recognised partners to provide services for members at beneficial financial rates and organises competitions and events to benefit the profile of the trade and the position of Federation members in their businesses.
The NFMFT is a long standing member of the International Butcher Confederation and a committed supporter of the International Young Butcher Competition and the development of craft training.