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AIS Sport and Leisure Buying

The buying team for sports, leisure, and teamwear, offers Members access to an unrivalled selection of major brands and the latest industry innovations.

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Get access to the best sport and leisure brands

Working with a host of globally recognised brands such as New Balance, Ronhill, Reydon Sports, Hoka, and Skechers, the AIS Sports and Leisure team focuses on global trends, emerging innovation, expertise, quality, and performance.

From running, training, activewear, yoga, tennis and fitness equipment to rugby, football, swimming and performance sports, AIS Sports and Leisure delivers an extensive range of products, brands, and services to enhance your business.

INDX Sports & Leisure trade shows

Curated by our sports experts, the INDX Sports & Leisure shows take place at our exhibition venue, Cranmore Park, twice a year. With unrivalled access to market-leading brands, industry innovations and networking opportunities, INDX Sports & Leisure welcomes all retailers, from established stockists to those looking to expand into the sector for the first time.

The AIS Sports and Leisure Team

Meet our experts

Karen Almond
Karen Almond
Director of Fashion, Sports and Toys

Karen has a wealth of experience in bespoke, branded, and licensed products having been Retail Buying Director at Merlin Entertainments and Head of Buying and Design at Style Group Brands.

Alan Galloway
Alan Galloway
Head of Sports & Leisure

Alan began his career in sports retail as a school leaver, enjoying roles at Champion Sports, JJB Sports and Nike, becoming UK Head of Retail at Intersport, before joining AIS in 2019.

Nina McNamara
Nina McNamara
Sports & Leisure Retail Operations Manager

Before joining AIS in 2016 and Intersport in 2018, Nina worked for Cadbury’s for 15 years in travel retail, project management and customer service and logistics roles, working with key accounts such as Tesco and Booker Group.

AIS Sports and Leisure benefits

From sourcing the best sports brands and designing product ranges, to negotiating exclusive terms and discounts and curating the INDX Sports and Leisure Shows, AIS Sports and Leisure delivers a complete service to improve independent retailers’ margins and drive their profitability, whilst offering a high-quality and stylish product.

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Payments made easy

As a member you can pay all AIS preferred suppliers with one simple direct debit payment. You’ll get access to discounts, extended payments, and other beneficial terms from our preferred suppliers.

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Support from our Sport & Leisure experts

Our Sport and Leisure team shares weekly newsletters packed full of all the latest updates and news from AIS and the wider sporting industry. Our members can join us in our monthly community calls to share best practices and other insights

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Sports & Leisure INDX show

The INDX Sports & Leisure show is an exciting trade show presenting exhibitors throughout the sporting and leisure industry who are demonstrating products such as footwear, apparel, and equipment products. This trade show welcomes all retailers to connect suppliers and buyers together in a unique trade experience.

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Innovative Sports & Leisure Products

Get your hands on innovative sports and leisure products from global brands.

Our Products and Services

We have a team of highly respected experts across home, fashion, leisure, sports, and toys.  We source the best brands, suppliers, exclusive products and develop our brands as well as providing essential commercially driven services to support the independent retailer.

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Furniture Buying

Furniture is at the heart of the AIS buying group. We give independent retailers access to new, bestselling, and exclusive furniture products across upholstery, cabinet, bedroom, lighting, accessories, and garden.

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Homeware Buying

From well-known brands to exclusively sourced ranges across cookware, kitchenware, small electricals, dining, glassware, home fragrance, and home textiles, AIS is the UK and Ireland’s leading homeware buying group.

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Fashion Buying

Explore men's, women's, and kids ranges across fashion, accessories, and footwear. With access to exclusive brands, a strong focus on lifestyle, high street, and high-end names, plus our own label First Avenue.

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Flooring Buying

The AIS Flooring One team offers Members the best quality, largest, and most innovative selection of floor coverings in the UK and Ireland, with a wide variety of traditional and contemporary products to suit every room of the house.

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Retail Buying and Merchandising

A one-stop-shop of retail industry expertise, supporting with annual strategy and planning, buying, and brand selection - all designed to improve margins and profitability.

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Sports and Leisure Buying

Our newest division, the AIS sports and leisure team work with leading sports, active lifestyle, performance wear, and team wear suppliers with a focus on innovation, expertise, and quality.

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Toy Buying

Playroom is the home of market-leading toy brands as well as unique and sustainable products for children and nursery. As an AIS Member you can get access to exclusive margin-beating import programmes too.

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Easy Payments

CENPAC is our unique AIS central payment system. CENPAC enables Members to settle all invoices from our preferred AIS suppliers with one easy and convenient direct-debit payment.

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