BIRA appoints new CEO

by TnP Staff
Published: 28 August 2018, 10:00
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The British Independent Retailers Association has a new chief as Alan Hawkins retires after 33 years

Andrew Goodacre has been appointed by the British Independent Retailers Association as its new CEO to replace Alan Hawkins, who is retiring after 33 years.

Formerly of the Residential Landlords Association, Andrew comes with a wealth of experience within the membership organisation sector, having held the role of CEO at the RLA since 2013 and previously holding a senior position at the Federation of Small Businesses. Before that, he gained significant experience within the hospitality sector.

Having increased membership at the RLA and implementing campaigns that raised the profile of small businesses with national and local governments at the FSB, the BIRA committee behind Andrew’s appointment are confident they have the right person for the role.

Andrew said: “BIRA have a strong history of supporting independent retailers and these retailers need our help and support more than ever. I will work hard to bring stability to BIRA, building on their strengths and using all my experience to grow the membership.”

He begins his role formally in October, after a month as CEO-designate working alongside Alan. He will be relocating from Lancashire to be based close to the BIRA offices in Birmingham.

Set up 119 years ago, BIRA work with more than 6,500 independent companies of all sizes, giving them access to business benefits including free legal advice, preferential card rates, business banking, specialist insurance, tax accountants and music.