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 brc

As the trade association for 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 170 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.

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

Discover brc

As the trade association for retail businesses, our purpose is to make a positive difference to the retail industry and the customers it serves, today and in the future.

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.

The industry today is going through a period of profound change. Technology is transforming how people shop; costs are increasing; and growth in consumer spending is slow.

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.

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 5,000 businesses delivering £180bn of retail sales and employing over one and half million employees.

BRC provides a platform to raise issues with government and influence decisions being made both individually and when it more appropriate collectively. It is an excellent source of information and advice.

Paul Marchant, CEO, Primark

The BRC is a valuable information gathering service which enables the business to identify issues in advance of them developing. The BRC is an authoritative voice which is respected and listened to by Government thus enabling us to feed in to Government policies.

Giles Hurley, CEO UK&I, Aldi

The BRC has its finger on the pulse on all micro and macros issues that impact retail. It is an extremely responsive and 'user-friendly' organisation.

Henry Birch, CEO, The Very Group

BRC enables me and my team to spend more time doing what we do best.

Leanne Cahill, Managing Director, Bravissimo

The BRC gives us great insight, a forum to debate in a safe space and a strong collective position with Government and key stakeholder groups.

Paul Pomroy, CEO, McDonald’s

Find out what we're up to

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    Priorities

    Influencing the economic and policy environment to enable retail businesses to thrive.
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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.