Retra Timeline

Our History

For more than 75 years Retra – or ‘the Radio & Television Retailers Association (RTRA)’ as we were originally known – has championed the interests of independent retailers and servicers throughout the UK.

From humble beginnings, where a group of influential, like-minded individuals came together to support the industry they cared about, Retra has grown to become the UK’s largest trade association representing the entire spectrum of businesses in the dynamic and innovative field of consumer electronics. And we still care deeply about the work we do and the real people whom we represent.

Here are some of our key milestones:

 
1942
Retra's History

Radio & Television Retailers Association (RTRA) was founded in Southampton Row, London.

Retra's History

J.H.S Smith became the first President of RTRA

1944

Harold Curtis became the first Chief Executive of RTRA.

1950's

RTRA formed a white goods division called ‘Electrical Appliance Association (RTRA) Ltd.

1974

The two divisions RTRA and ‘Electrical Appliance Association (RTRA) Ltd merged together

1975

RTRA was renamed Radio, Electrical and Television Retailer’s Association (RETRA)

1976

RETRA’s headquarters ‘Retra House’ was formed at Elephant & Castle, London

1989

RETRA offices relocated to current Head Office in Bedford

1991

Retra Insurance Services Ltd formed 

2006

Retra Insurance Services Ltd relocated to RETRA House in Bedford


2013

Howard Saycell appointed CEO of Retra

Retracare launched, replacing Retra Insurance Services Ltd


2015

Retra launches innovative e-learning platform for members


2016

Robert Hughes becomes Retra’s first Chairman

Retra e-learning wins ‘Best Industry Training’ at the annual Innovative Electrical Retailing Awards 

2019

Present Day