About Us

What is the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS)?

The National Association of Health Stores was formed in 1931 to represent the growing number of independent health stores in the UK.  It is the only organisation in the UK which can claim to speak for such businesses and is run entirely by independent retailers.

The NAHS seeks to promote the benefits of shopping in locally owned, independent health stores and to ensure that there is a good standard of customer advice available in all its member stores.

The NAHS also works with other organisation like Consumers for Health Choice (CHC) and the Health Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA) to ensure the maximum possible availability of health food and nutritional products.  To this end, in recent years the NAHS has started two Judicial Reviews against the Government: the first on its ban of the popular and safe herbal remedy Kava Kava, and the second against the European Food Supplements Directive.

Mission Statement

To promote and protect the interests of the specialist health food store and to encourage the proliferation of health food stores and their aim to improve the health of the nation.

The NAHS is completely committed to driving forward the UK health food trade in spite of increasing competition from supermarkets and the internet.  The NAHS firmly believes that the best place to buy organic and natural products is from your local health store, from people who live and breathe these products and who are well trained.  Looking for the NAHS logo on the door will be a good start to guaranteeing this.

Please feel free to contact us or use the store finder to find your local health store.

Our Committee

Gary Trickett

Gary Trickett

(Chairman)

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Roger Oliver

Roger Oliver

member

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Cheryl Thallon

Cheryl Thallon

member

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Joanne Hill

Joanne Hill

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Zoe West

Zoe West

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Melanie Beard

Melanie Beard

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Len Glenville

Len Glenville

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Justina Pettifer

Justina Pettifer

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Ruth Noah

Ruth Noah

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Avril McCracken

Avril McCracken

Administrator

With a background in accounting, nutrition and herbal medicine, Avril is responsible for the running of the NAHS under the direction of the committee.