British Retail Consortium

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British Retail Consortium
Formation1992; 31 years ago (1992)
Merger ofBritish Retailers' Association, Retail Consortium
Legal statusNot for profit company
PurposeTo make a positive difference to the retail industry and the customers it serves[1]
  • London, UK
Region served
170 retailers[1]
Chief Executive
Helen Dickinson OBE

The British Retail Consortium (or BRC) is a trade association for retail businesses in the United Kingdom.


The British Retail Consortium was formed in January 1992 with the merger of the British Retailers' Association and the Retail Consortium.[2] In 1998 it produced the first edition of the BRC Food Technical Standard and Protocol for food suppliers.[3] This has been widely adopted not just throughout the UK but around the world.

BRC went on to produce other global standards, which became a separate brand that were sold to the LGC Group in 2016.[3]


It campaigns for the retail industry and is the authoritative voice of retail, recognised for its powerful campaigning and influence within government and as a provider of in-depth retail information. The BRC leads the industry and works with their members to tell the story of retail, shape debates and influence issues and opportunities which will help make that positive difference. Their work represents the careers of people who work in the industry, the communities retail touches and competitiveness as a fundamental principle of the industry’s success.[citation needed]


The BRC has backed a Private Members’ Bill that aims to protect shop workers and deter criminals by introducing stronger criminal penalties for offenders attacking shop workers and reviewing the sentencing guidelines for assault.[4]


  1. ^ a b "About BRC". BRC. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  2. ^ Boxall, Guy J. (1996). New Card Technologies in Retail Banking: Competition and Collaboration in the 1990s (PDF) (MPhil). Open University. p. 147. doi:10.21954/
  3. ^ a b "The British Retail Consortium". 31 May 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Private Members' Bill Ballot presents Opportunity to Protect Shop Workers". BRC. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.

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