So, in what ways does Bira support independent retailers?

We represent independent retail businesses, the wonderfully unique shops on your high streets and in your shopping centres. You may know them by how passionate they are about what they sell and how they contribute to your local community.

We’ve been backing indies since the 1900s, and during that time, we’ve been fighting for a level playing field within the retail sector. Giving smaller businesses a fair voice against the larger multiples. We influence the media, change government legislation, and provide support in areas of strain like business rates, parking, and staffing.


Feel the same way about independent shops?

There’s now more ways than ever to easily shop with your indies. We support them all, but we’re particularly delighted to offer Neartoo, an online platform that not only provides a directory of hundreds of thousands of UK indies but lets you shop with them online too


Know an independent shop owner?

Send them our way! We’ll aim to get them saving money on key outgoings like card processing rates, insurance, legal advice and loads more. They can find out more at or by calling our membership team on 0800 028 0245.


Some of our latest news and campaigns

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    Following the success of their existing collections, Dexam have launched two new ranges in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The Birds and Gertrude Jekyll textile ranges are now in stock and are made from organic cotton.

  • Bira CEO comments on the rise of shoplifting in UK stores & the effect on indie retailers

    Shoplifters in the UK are becoming increasingly "emboldened" and appear to be operating under more organised and coordinated efforts, often orchestrated by organised criminal groups. These groups steal to order, fuelling a growing black-market trade in various goods, from cheese and meat to luxury items. Retail experts have expressed concern over the rise of these "grab-and-go" raids and their impact on businesses.

  • Understanding the UK Plastic Packaging Tax: Registration, Returns, and Payments

    The Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT), implemented on April 1, 2022, marked a significant step towards reducing the environmental impact of plastic packaging in the United Kingdom. For businesses engaged in the manufacture or import of 10 tonnes or more of plastic packaging over a 12-month period, it is crucial to grasp the registration, return, and payment obligations associated with this tax. Even if your packaging comprises 30% or more recycled plastic, registration for PPT is mandatory and can be conveniently completed on the GOV.UK platform.