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Member Testimonials

There are many exclusive benefits enjoyed by our Members, but don't take our word for it - hear straight from them...

We help independent retailers thrive

AIS partners with Members across the UK and Ireland with thousands of retail outlets.  

The carefully selected imported lines allow us to buy brands such as Barbie, Fisher Price and VTech at a higher margin. We can also choose great quality toys from cars to teddy bears and dolls to craft at terrific prices, giving our stores a real point of difference from the rest of the high street.
Su Gill Morleys
The INDX Housewares shows offer strong promotional lines for key sale events, as well as highlighting the latest must-have products in the housewares industry.
Jennifer Read Jarrolds
Membership of AIS gives businesses like ours a real advantage over bigger competitors in a highly promotional market. From exclusive merchandise to trade shows, procurement support to marketing initiatives, the wealth of retail expertise delivered by outstanding professionals is something any retailer looking to thrive should seriously consider.
Peter Harding Fairway Furniture
The savings achieved through the AIS have more than covered our subscription.
Marcus Wilkinson Alfred Smith & Son (Penzance) Ltd
In 2019, since our major redevelopment, we have been working in collaboration with AIS on strategy including retail layouts to improve product adjacencies. We are now seeing the huge benefits and substantial growth within our business.
Alan Bushnell Elphicks
The INDX Shows at AIS are always on-trend and excellently presented with strong promotional deals exclusive to AIS members. The mix of industry experts, top brands and AIS exclusive merchandise exhibited in the relaxed atmosphere really helps me with my range planning.
Richard Poulson Morleys Stores
independent retailer showcasing their furniture

Why become a Member?

Join the UK and Ireland's leading independent retailers buying and services group. We work with sole traders, family businesses, regional chains, specialists and department stores. AIS is the place to grow your business, get buying power, network and make more profit.

Our Products and Services

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

Teal velvet sofa
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
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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AIS flooring and carpet
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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independent retail owner serving a customer
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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AIS sports and leisure clothing
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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toys from the largest buying group in the uk
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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industry expert from AIS
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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