AIS Exclusive First Avenue range
Linen collections from leading brands.
AIS Exclusive First Avenue range
AIS Furniture Show at Cranmore Park.
AIS exclusive Haworth range.
AIS Furniture Show at Cranmore Park.
Haworth - AIS exclusive British menswear.
AIS offices at Cranmore Park, Solihull.
Housewares is one of our most exciting product categories.

Associated Independent Stores, or AIS for short, is the largest independent non-food buying group of its kind in the UK & Ireland. The Group overall has close to 350 members with a combined retail turnover of over £2 billion out of around 1,300 stores. The Group supports independent retailers ranging from single high street shops to flagship department stores and specialist retailers across the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands. Included within the Group are specialist divisions such as Intersport and Flooring One.

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"AIS Regional meetings provide a great opportunity to share ideas and tackle real issues with like-minded businesses ... I always come away feeling inspired."

Jenny Clarke, Stringers

Become a Member

We welcome direct approaches from quality independent retailers wishing to become members.


Become a Supplier

AIS welcomes direct approaches from prospective suppliers who wish to be added to our supplier base.


Merchandise Areas


Furniture buying group

Furniture is the single biggest AIS trading category and covers all product areas from upholstery to  cabinet and beds. Most of the leading Brands, such as Duresta, G Plan, Baker Bedford and Tempur are available through AIS and more than half of our members benefit from access to furniture ranges with AIS.

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fashion strip

The AIS Fashion division is comprehensive in its offering across Womenswear, Menswear, Accessories, Intimate Apparel and Childrenswear. At the INDX Shows Members are able to source and buy many leading fashion brands across all sectors.

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Linens buying group

Linens are a major product category within AIS and product sourced through us can be found in many of our members from department stores to furniture and home specialists. It’s supported by two shows each year which also include soft furnishings.

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Housewears UK buying group

Housewares covers ranges from cookware, kitchenware and small electricals to dining, glassware and candles and is one of our most exciting product categories with many lines being sourced directly from the Far East or Europe and exclusive to AIS members.

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Specialist Buying Groups & Conference Centre

Intersport UK buying group

INTERSPORT UK has been established for over 35 years consisting of independent sports retailers forming a buying group with over 260 stores in the UK and Ireland and is now part of AIS.

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Flooring One Buying Group

Flooring One offers a large selection of carpets, rugs, vinyl, laminate and wood quality flooring from selected manufacturers. It makes choosing flooring easy and affordable.

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Play Room UK buying group

AIS launched its own Toy Division in 2008 under the name plaY-room. In addition to AIS department store members, many independent toy retailers have joined the plaY-room family.

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Cranmore Park Exhibition and Conference Centre

Cranmore Park is a purpose built conference and exhibition venue which can accommodate local or national meetings as well as exhibitions, conferences and training courses.

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