The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) is expanding the size of its headquarters in Birmingham.
The trade association for independently-owned retail businesses in the UK has purchased a 4,000sq ft building at the rear of its premises at 225 Bristol Rd. The new site is at 225a Bristol Road.
Commenting on the acquisition, group ceo Alan Hawkins said that owning two freehold premises within five metres of each other would enable bira to realise its long-term plan of bringing all its staff to one location.
The association’s Middleton Cheney (Banbury) premises will be sold over the course of the next year or so. Arrangements are being made to assist and transfer as many members of staff as possible from Middleton Cheney to Birmingham.
Bira said the rationale behind the move is that various teams will work better when they are all in one location; for example, the accounts and membership teams are currently split over the two sites. It is also hoped that members will find it easier having just one location to deal with. When completed, the move will lead to a reduction in operating costs.
Bira added that a modernisation programme that will be undertaken on both buildings to give them ‘a more forward looking and contemporary feel’, as it ‘continues to represent members challenged by the structural changes under way in the high street and elsewhere’.
The move to the new premises is not expected to happen before autumn 2016, as a thorough refurbishment programme is needed at both 225 and 225a Bristol Road.