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bira expands to welcome independent health stores into membership

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) is welcoming the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS) and its members to join its family of independent retailers, all benefitting from the collective strength of membership.

The NAHS has been working for its members since 1931 and it continues to be run wholly by retailers. The NAHS provide specialist support and representation for independent health stores. In order to meet its members’ growing expectations for affordable business services and advice, their Board sought the support of bira. With over 30 services available to its membership, including an inclusive and unlimited legal advice line and its own bank, bira will be able to give NAHS members peace of mind as well as save them money and time.

Robert Jarrett, Membership and Marketing Director at bira said: “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 with the NAHS means we can extend our support to health store retailers with the wealth of knowledge and services we have to offer.  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’.”

Gary Trickett, NAHS Chairman said: “Following a review of NAHS strategy and the creation of our 3-year plan, we are delighted to be joining the family of trade associations under the bira umbrella, which 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.”

Cheryl Thallon, co-owner of Sheaf Street Health Store in Daventry, an existing bira member and also a member of the NAHS Committee said: “bira membership gives us access to a wide range of financial benefits and it is great to know that all NAHS members will now get this valuable support.  Partnering with bira also gives the health food sector greater national recognition and influence. Health food stores are community hubs for all things natural and healthy, and it’s in the public interest for policy-makers to signpost to us when caring for the health of the nation.”

The partnership will be officially launched by Gary Trickett at this year’s Northern Health Trade Summit, in Manchester on the 22nd October, as part of an audience address at 3.30pm.

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