Bestway launches search for best indie retailers

Bestway has announced the launch of a search to find the most improved retailers in the UK.

The search, part of the wholesaler’s 2014 Retail Development Scheme, is open to all independent retailers in the UK and carries a total prize fund of over £50,000 – with the top winner receiving a mammoth £10,000.

The scheme will commence with Bestway hosting three two-day seminars (illustrated) across the country in the coming months in which suppliers will educate retailers on how best to increase sales and profitability across key categories. Retailers attending will then be encouraged to embrace what they’ve learned in-store and those who have seen the biggest sales increases will win an award at the Retail Development Awards to be held in central London in October.

Younus Sheikh, MD at Bestway said: “Wholesale is now much more than box shifting – it’s about educating our customers so that they understand the latest category plans, insights and offer tangible value to their customers. It gives the Bestway group immense satisfaction that, over the years, we have helped over 5,000 retailers raise their store standards and develop their offering to their customers through mutually beneficial partnerships with suppliers.

“Understanding the continuous shift in the retail landscape and how retailers can expand the commercial opportunities is a key part of Bestway’s commitment to our customers. Each year the Bestway Retail Development scheme increases in stature with a growing number of retailers attending. This proves that we are doing the right thing in investing to improve their skill set.”

The Seminars will take place in Leeds, Edinburgh and Weybridge, Surrey,with accommodation provided by Bestway for attendees. Application forms are available at local Bestway or Batley depots and online.

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