Support and Experience
In today's economic climate, it is increasingly tough being a retailer. It is even tougher being an independent retailer. IFRA provides you with the support - and experience - of its nationwide membership.
Members meet regularly both nationally and locally, to find the best solutions to problems and to exchange ideas of mutual benefit. Meeting on a regional basis, we organise visits to fellow members' shops - a valuable source of ideas and information. Study Tours - sometimes abroad - and Seminars help to ensure that independent retailers have the most up-to-date information on fashion trends, footwear ranges and retailing methods.
Listing on shoeshop.org.uk
All retail members of IFRA are entered in our online directory of shoe shops. This site attracts a huge number of visitors every month. You will be able to add a profile of your shop, list all the brand names of the shoes you sell and specify whether you stock wide fitting or narrow fitting shoes.
Promoting to the Public
Using media and public relations we put the case for the independent retailer before the public.
Representing the Independent
The Secretariat, on members' behalf, either monitors or is in regular touch with Parliament, Government Departments, British Retail Consortium, British Chambers of Commerce. the Office of Fair Trading, and many consumer organisations. SATRA Members are able to access the testing facilities of the laboratories of SATRA in Kettering, Northants. The facilities of this internationally recognised laboratory are only available to independent retailers through IFRA.
As an IFRA member you can make real savings in such important areas as:
Members receive preferential rates from our nominated insurance brokers. Many have saved more than the annual membership subscription by consulting either:
Anthony Jones (UK) Ltd
Tel: 020 8290 4560
Fax: 020 8290 4362
ICB Group UK Ltd
Tel: 01784 608100
Instore Music and Messaging
IFRA and Amazing Instore have teamed together to offer IFRA Members discounted rates. Amazing Instore provide high quality royalty exempt music for retailers. Say good bye to PRS and PPL licence fees and hello to great music and a great discount too! Find out more by clicking here http://amazinginstore.com/ifra
We have special arrangements with HSBC who can provide a comprehensive business banking package including very special rates :
For full detail please ring the IFRA office for an application form for this facility.
IFRA retains a specialist firm of estate agents and valuers who offer members advice on such matters as the purchase and disposal of leasehold and freehold property, rent reviews, lease renewals and valuations.
Free Legal Service
Whether for business or personal problems, free legal advice is available, by phone, from our legal help line.
Improving Your Sales
We keep members up-to-date on all the latest merchandising, promotional and selling techniques. For full details of point-of-sale and other selling aids contact Maidstone Signs Ltd 01622 716891 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Increased Contact with Manufacturers
IFRA and Britain's leading Manufacturers have a close relationship: one that enables members to ensure ready and easy contact with some of their most important suppliers. IFRA has: