During the NHT Summit in Manchester on 22 October, the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS) announced a new initiative designed to ensure that independent retailers are ‘stronger together’.
Partnering with the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA), NAHS has unveiled a three-year plan which is designed to ‘increase benefits, standards, education, profile, proliferation and communication’ for independent retailers. NAHS says the involvement of BIRA will gives its members a ‘stronger voice’ and ‘access to excellent money-saving benefits designed to fit around a retailer’s requirements’.
Gary Trickett, chairman of NAHS, says: “Following a review of NAHS’ strategy and the creation of our three-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.”
“NAHS will be gaining the gravitas and influence to enable us to represent our members in the highest political offices”
Robert Jarrett, membership and marketing director of BIRA, calls it a ‘landmark partnership’, saying the union will allow the organization to extend its support and knowledge further across the industry. “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,” says Jarrett.
From the independent retailer’s perspective, Cheryl Thallon, co-owner of Sheaf Street Health Store, says the collaboration gives retailers ‘access to a wide range of financial benefits’.
“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 policymakers to signpost to us when caring for the health of the nation,” says Thallon.
“It is great to know that all NAHS members will now get this valuable support”
Speaking to NPN after the announcement in Manchester, Trickett adds: “With a record number of exhibitors and attendees, this year’s NHT Summit didn’t disappoint and we were delighted to be able to launch the latest NAHS initiatives at the summit as part of our three-year plan.”
During the presentation, NAHS also played a video it has produced championing independent retailers:
A series of further videos under NAHS’ ‘recipe for’ campaign can be found on their YouTube channel. The series features tips on maintaining wellbeing under the following categories: Healthy Mind; Healthy Immunity; Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails; and Bag Loads of Energy.
The NHT Summit, held in Manchester’s Principal Hotel and organized by Target Publishing, received over 400 visitors and 200 independent health food stores, and was supported by NAHS.