Independent. Together. Birmingham
Be independent but not alone. Join the bira community of Birmingham independent shops and receive a wealth of business benefits. As a member of bira, you connect with a network of like-minded retailers, suppliers and partners. And we make sure our members are represented at all levels, getting the voice of independent retail heard at the top.
How does it work?
There’s strength in numbers, so we are able to offer exclusive rates and discounts that we negotiate on behalf of our members with over 180 suppliers representing approximately 2000 associated brands across a range of retail.
As a member of bira, you connect with a network of like-minded retailers, suppliers and partners. We make sure our members are represented at all levels, getting the voice of independent retail heard at the top. For an annual fee from £199, you’ll receive access to a wealth of business benefits helping you save on key outgoings.
You take care of business, we’ll take care of you.
Like Rachel Riley, you’re entrepreneurial and proudly independent but that doesn’t mean you have to fight for competitive card processing and business banking rates alone. It also doesn’t mean you can’t have a department-worth of HR and legal advisers at the end of the phone. Our team are ready to take as many of your calls as you need – all included in the cost of one annual membership fee.
We also help our members to stay ahead, with free a free regular member magazine, our knowledge hub, and our internationally renowned retail training and events.
What our members say:
“Whilst the services bira offer and the benefits we get from them more than repay the membership costs to make being a part an easy decision the true benefit cannot be quantified. The ability to meet up and discuss common issues and gain insights and be inspired by fellow retailers is priceless.”
– William Coe, COES
“As a very small independent retailer, we are always on the look out for that better deal, and as our business grows, I know that most other like-minded entrepreneurs we’re dealing discovering new and innovative ways to conduct our business. bira has been a long standing weapon of choice to enable this in a rapidly evolving retail landscape. One of the recent wins is the reduction in business rates in our area, as bira strives to work hard to achieve a more fairer system.”
– Surinder Josan, All Seasons DIY