Associated Independent Stores - UK buying group

Furniture is the single biggest AIS trading category and covers all product areas from upholstery to cabinet and beds

Efficient, Innovative and Profitable

Designed exclusively for our Members, delivering new and innovative styles each season

Exclusive Brands
Increasing Member Profitability

Collective buying power means that major suppliers are keen to do business with AIS on some of the best terms available

Designed exclusively for our Members, delivering new and innovative styles each season

Exclusive Brands
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Corporate Web Assistant / Digital Designer

An opportunity has arisen for a Corporate Web Assistant / Digital Designer to assist in the development and maintenance of extranets and external facing AIS corporate websites, including relevant social networking platforms, and to support and facilitate more digital activity for AIS members, including member websites and marketing activities such as email and social media campaigns.

Assistant Product Selector - Furniture

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Furniture Department of AIS to work closely with the Furniture Controller to develop skills within the upholstery and cabinet fields.

The ideal candidate should be a highly commercial and ambitious self-starter who can use their own initiative and has a passion for product. This role would suit an assistant buyer, looking for their next career move; an experienced merchandise planner or someone with good hands on retail experience at junior / middle management level in either a multiple or independent.

Experience within the furniture sector would be advantageous.

Concierge with security duties

Job Type: Part-Time (minimum 17.5 hours per week)

This is a great opportunity for two professional and motivated individuals to join the front of house Security / Reception team at AIS.

In this front of house position, you will need to be well presented and articulate with a 'can do' approach to work. Consistent delivery of excellent customer service in a polite and professional manner is a pre-requisite for this role. Experience in a similar role where front of house customer service and security duties are of equal importance is essential.

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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.

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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 and Soft Furnishings is 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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We would recommend any forward thinking retailer to look closely at membership of AIS.

Charles Barker

Not once in over 25 years have we regretted joining.

Paul Glasswell

Our relationship with AIS is the key to our company's viability and future development.

Neville Moore

Sterling is a member of AIS for sound business reasons. Our membership goes back many years and we look forward to continuing to work together in the years to come.

Gordon Mearns

Smart Slider 3 is the best slider that i’ve tried so far. There’s so many useful functions and easy to understand how to use it.

We value AIS exclusive merchandise that improves profit margins and AIS promotions that would not be available to us as an individual retailer.

Simon Fishpool
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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.

Read more: Intersport...

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.

Read more: Flooring One...

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.

Read more: plaY-room...

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.

Read more: Cranmore Park...