ABOUT BRC

Our mission is to make a positive difference to the retail industry and the customers it serves, today and in the future

ABOUT BRC

Our mission is to make a positive difference to the retail industry and the customers it serves, today and in the future

Discover the BRC

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 200 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.

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.

We are committed to ensuring the industry thrives through this period of transformation.

Discover the BRC

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 200 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.

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.

We are committed to ensuring the industry thrives through this period of transformation.

The single and consolidated voice for the retail industry on significant and relevant issues is hugely valuable.

Manju Malhotra, CEO, Harvey Nichols

Pragmatic, intelligent and honest.

Nick Wilkinson, CEO, Dunelm

The BRC is the best trade body and sets an example for others. A resource to help, a mirror to hold up to the industry so we can be better, a voice on the things we agree on and perspective on those things we don't.

Darcy Willson-Rymer, CEO, Card Factory

Proactive, organised, and personable – we have a strong relationship with what is a valuable supportive and proactive organisation.

Will Kernan, CEO, River Island

Trusted, professional advice of the highest standard.

Debbie Robinson, CEO, Central England Co-op

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.

If your company is a Retail Member, Associate Member or Trade Association Member of BRC, you can use the Form Rooms in a number of ways:
 

MEMBERS LOUNGE

If you’re looking for a quiet space in central London to hang out between meetings, take some calls or settle down with your laptop, our members lounge ‘The Reading Room’ is just what’s needed. There’s no cost for this – it’s part of your BRC membership, whether you are a Retail Member, Associate Member or Trade Association Member. Other members might also be there, so you’ll possibly get some added-value networking in too. Free tea and coffee is available, as is our sound-proof phone booth for more private calls. Just email our team in advance to check that we’ve capacity.



MEETING AND EVENT ROOM HIRE

We’ve purposely built The Form Rooms with a wealth of flexible meeting and events space – suitable for everything from interviews to product launches, board meetings to drinks receptions and everything in between. The spaces have all the tech and amenities you’d expect from a high quality venue, while our in-house Client Experience Team have strong relationships with a number of caterers to ensure your colleagues and clients are well fed and watered.

What’s more – BRC members save 25% on the room hire fees. This applies whether you are a Retail Member, Associate Member or Trade Association Member. 

To enquire or book spaces, go to our bookings page or email us.  



WHEN VISITING THE BRC TEAM

If you are coming to BRC for one of our Community Meetings or a one-to-one with a member of our team, you’re welcome to exclusive use our private 4-person meeting rooms, ‘French’ or ‘German’, at no cost, subject to availability. To reserve one of these rooms, please email us.

You'll find details of our event spaces, catering options and facilities at formrooms.co.uk.

How to find us


The Form Rooms, 22 Tower Street, London WC2H 9NS

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.

If your company is a Retail Member, Associate Member or Trade Association Member of BRC, you can use the Form Rooms in a number of ways:
 

MEMBERS LOUNGE

If you’re looking for a quiet space in central London to hang out between meetings, take some calls or settle down with your laptop, our members lounge ‘The Reading Room’ is just what’s needed. There’s no cost for this – it’s part of your BRC membership, whether you are a Retail Member, Associate Member or Trade Association Member. Other members might also be there, so you’ll possibly get some added-value networking in too. Free tea and coffee is available, as is our sound-proof phone booth for more private calls. Just email our team in advance to check that we’ve capacity.



MEETING AND EVENT ROOM HIRE

We’ve purposely built The Form Rooms with a wealth of flexible meeting and events space – suitable for everything from interviews to product launches, board meetings to drinks receptions and everything in between. The spaces have all the tech and amenities you’d expect from a high quality venue, while our in-house Client Experience Team have strong relationships with a number of caterers to ensure your colleagues and clients are well fed and watered.

What’s more – BRC members save 25% on the room hire fees. This applies whether you are a Retail Member, Associate Member or Trade Association Member. 

To enquire or book spaces, go to our bookings page or email us.  



WHEN VISITING THE BRC TEAM

If you are coming to BRC for one of our Community Meetings or a one-to-one with a member of our team, you’re welcome to exclusive use our private 4-person meeting rooms, ‘French’ or ‘German’, at no cost, subject to availability. To reserve one of these rooms, please email us.

You'll find details of our event spaces, catering options and facilities at formrooms.co.uk.

How to find us


The Form Rooms, 22 Tower Street, London WC2H 9NS

Find out what we're up to

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    Campaigns

    Influencing the economic and policy environment and driving change across retail
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    Communities

    The best way to stay connected to work that directly impacts and supports your day-to-day remit is through our role-based BRC Communities.
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    Become a member

    Joining is easier and cheaper than you might think. We have 3 types of membership: Retail, Associate and Retail Insight.