Bio-nature confirms its on-going support for Health Stores UK

We are delighted that Bio-nature and Terranova have confirmed their ongoing support for Health Stores UK as official Partners.  Bio-nature is one of the best known names in the independent health channel, with its original roots in health food retailing. Formed by industry stalwart Les Illingworth, the company was taken over by Martyn Illingworth in […]

Lively Roundtable programme announced for Manchester NHT Summit

Target Publishing, organiser of the Natural Health Trade Summit, has announced roundtable events for its upcoming Manchester event. Dedicated to independent health food retailers, the NHT Summit is organised in association with Health Stores UK, and is designed to be a one-stop-shop for health food owners and staff, featuring an exhibition, education programme and networking […]

Independents positive about opportunity to grow organic sales

Independent retailers outperformed supermarkets in sales of organic food, wellness and beauty products in 2023. New data contained in the 2024 Soil Association Organic Market report shows that independents delivered an impressive 10% growth in 2023, with organic retail sales in the independent channel totalling £475 million. Across all retail channels organic was up 2% in 2023.  […]

Get ready for Webinar Wednesday! 

At Health Stores UK we are creating a new regular slot for our popular online discussion and education programme, currently consisting of our Shop Talk, Workshop and Health Store Mastermind Forum events. Step forward, Webinar Wednesday!  Going forward, the Shop Talk discussions (hosted by Vicky Perks and Joanne Hill) and Workshops (hosted by Dave Christie […]

Viridian report shines spotlight on ‘not so healthy supplements’

Health Stores UK Partner Viridian Nutrition says it wants to shine a spotlight on hidden ultra processed ingredients and additives in food supplements with its new ‘No Junk’ media campaign, which launches this month.  Viridian says the campaign, which sets out to highlight and protect people from the impacts of a “junk filled diet and […]

Queen of Shops: Mary Portas to headline at NOPEX

Natural & Organic Products Expo (NOPEX) has announced that the prominent retail expert, broadcaster, author, and activist, Mary Portas, will headline the trade event on 14-15 April at ExCeL London.  Known as the ‘Queen of Shops’,  Mary Portas is a highly influential figure in the retail world with decades of experience and a successful track record […]

We welcome two new members with an exciting future 

This month we welcome two new members to the association. Natural Choice describes itself as a traditional health food shop and has been established in historic Knaresborough for 30 years. Demeter Health is a thriving wholefoods store in the heart of Sandbach.  Both businesses have recently been acquired by allergy and sensitivity testing specialist Healthy […]

How harder working windows can capture new customers

“Your store window should be a conversation starter with the people who walk past your shop every day, but who don’t necessarily come in. Think of your windows as a highly effective tool to capture new customers.”  That was Dave Christie’s introduction to this week’s Health Stores UK Workshop, co-hosted by Take on Goliath.  In a […]

Countdown to Manchester NHT Summit begins

The countdown has begun for the 2024 Manchester edition of the Natural Health Trade Summit, which takes place on Sunday 17 March.   Dedicated to independent health food retailers, the NHT Summit is organised in association with Health Stores UK, and is designed to be a one-stop-shop for health food owners and staff, featuring an exhibition, […]

Health Store Mastermind Forum creates ‘safe space’ for retailers to talk shop 

The first in a new series of Health Store Mastermind Forums took place earlier this month, generating a lively, interactive discussion on a range of topical retailing issues.  Around 30 retailers took part in the first of the informal ‘drop in’ Zoom sessions, co-hosted by Health Stores UK and Cheryl Thallon, owner of Viridian Nutrition […]