"We joined AIS in October 2012 with no doubts about the potential benefits that membership would bring. Prior to making our decision we were impressed by the professionalism of everybody we met and the member focus shown by the AIS trading teams and other key personnel."

Elliot Mair
Managing Director, Raemoir Garden Centre

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AIS welcomes direct approaches from interested independent quality retailers wishing to become members and from prospective suppliers who wish to be added to our supplier base.

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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 buying group

AIS Fashion division is comprehensive in its offer of Ladies, Mens and Childrenswear. Members are able to source many of the leading fashion brands along with our exclusive own brand ranges which we promote under the First Avenue, Kingston and James Aubrey labels.

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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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