The British Retail Association (BIRA) is at the forefront of delivering specialist support and advice to the independent retail market.[dropcap font=”arial”]M[/dropcap]
aybe we don’t need super stores in the future but, before we can save our high streets we need to know which independent retailers are successful and why.
The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) are the leading trade association for independent retailers in the UK, launching great initiatives like BIRA Direct with passion and real commitment championing the independents.
I’ve been hearing how independent stores are evolving in response to the changing retail world. BIRA help independent retailers stay one step ahead with loans and payments through BIRA Bank. One great initiative to help struggling with limited funds is MyHigh.St, which give retailers practical help alongside ecommerce and marketing to build their brand online and on the high street.
Michael Weedon, Deputy CEO BIRA said “Two thirds of shops you see on the high street are independently run and in the last year just over 15’000 shops in Britain closed and just under 16’000 opened”.
“There is potential for not needing super stores any more” says Michael Weedon.
Nevertheless, the independent market has large and fierce competitors, for example Arcadia has just over 2500 outlets across the UK and conquer Britain’s high streets.
Depending on what side of the political fence you sit, what you read and who you listen too, there are a number of stats and opinions. The general feel is that independent retailers who find the right location, a good niche and an eye for delivering excellent customer service will be successful.