As the go-to trade association for UK retail businesses, our purpose is to make a positive difference to the retail industry and the customers it serves, today and in the future.
We tell the story of retail, work with our members to drive positive change and use our expertise and influence to create an economic and policy environment that enables retail businesses to thrive and consumers to benefit.
We do this in a way that delivers value back to our members, justifying their investment in the BRC. This membership comprises over 190 major retailers - whether operating physical stores, multichannel or pureplay online - plus thousands of smaller, independent retailers through a number of niche retail Trade Associations that are themselves members of BRC. Our members deliver an estimated £180bn of retail sales and employ over 1.5 million employees.
Retail is an exciting, dynamic and diverse industry. It is a driving force in our economy, a hotbed of innovation and the UK’s largest private sector employer. Retailers touch the lives of millions of people every day, supporting the vibrancy of the communities they operate in. However, the industry is going through a period of profound change, with technology transforming how people shop, costs increasing, and growth in consumer spending slowing.
Retailing will continue to evolve and advance. Online retail will continue to grow as retailers invest in new emerging technologies; there will be fewer stores and those stores remaining will offer new experiences; there will be fewer, but better jobs and a career in retail in the future will be very different to today.
THE FORM ROOMS
The BRC has a new headquarters, at The Form Rooms in Covent Garden, London. In 2019, we purchased and began to lovingly restore and transform a historic Victorian school into a Central London workspace like no other. The Form Rooms opened in January 2022.
Our team work flexibly but are at The Form Rooms when 'at' work, while our face-to-face member events are hosted at the Form Rooms. What's more, BRC members are entitled to a 25% discount on any of the event spaces they hire at The Forms Rooms, giving them an affordable, flexible, contemporary and accessible venue for interviews, meetings, seminars and drinks receptions.
You'll find details of our event spaces, catering options and facilities at formrooms.co.uk.
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