Retail NI was established in 2000 and is the only business organisation which represents the independent retail sector in Northern Ireland at every level of government. 

Our 1,800 strong membership includes wholesalers, independent retailers of all kinds, suppliers to our sector and affiliated chambers of commerce and local traders’ groups.

Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive of Retail NI with the Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss & Kenny Bradley from Greens of Lisburn

Retail NI stands up for, first and foremost, independent retailers and seeks to provide leadership and delivery of real change in key policy areas such planning, rate reform and high street  regeneration to the wider local retail sector in Northern Ireland.

Retail is the largest sector of our private sector economy and Retail NI is driving the debate on the future of our town centres and digital high streets and also as a key partner for growth in a new 21st century private sector-led Northern Ireland.



Glyn Roberts

Glyn Roberts has been Chief Executive of Retail NI since January 2008 after serving seven years as Head of Parliamentary Affairs with the Federation of Small Businesses in Northern Ireland.

He is Chair of NI High Streets Taskforce Policy Committee and a board member of Ashton Community Trust

Glyn was Chairman of Colleges NI from 2014-17 and previously was a member of the South Eastern Regional College Governing Body. He was also Vice-Chairman of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust (2011-12).

Previous positions held include Public Affairs Director with Weber Shandwick, Head of Communications for Cancer Focus NI and Manager of a Community Work Programme in West Belfast for the long-term unemployed.

Glyn holds a degree in Political Science from the Ulster University and is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Leaders for Tomorrow Programme (2008) and the US State Department International Leadership Programme (2007).