Independents, retail club members and Best-one stores were all among the winners last week at Bestway Wholesale’s Retail Development Awards, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in Park Lane, London
The annual event, hosted this year by Bestway Wholesale’s new managing director Martin Race, saw over 500 staff and guests pay tribute to retailers who attended three two-day Retail Development Seminars earlier in the yea and took back learnings to their stores.
The Retail Development programme is part of Bestway’s mission to increase customers’ store standards across the independent channel and help customers trade more profitably. A prize fund of over £32,000 was shared among the winners with independent retailer Mr Booze Express in Derby collecting the top accolade and a cool £10,000.
Martin Race said: “It’s no secret that it’s tough being an independent retailer these days. It’s even tougher to stay ahead as the multiples, discounters and symbol operators see your success and come gunning for you. That’s why the RDAs are so important to us as a company – to give retailers the category insight and latest shopper trends that help them become better businesses. The winners of the Retail Development Awards are not only fantastic retailers in their own right – and shining examples of all that is good in convenience retailing – but they also serve as testimony to other independents who are being challenged daily that independent retail is thriving if they get their customer proposition right.”
The Bestway Retail Development programme is now in its 16th year and the wholesaler claims it has helped over 5,500 independent retailers build a more profitable business.
Martin Race is pictured above with Saqib Mahfooz and Saghir Hasham, of Mr Booze Express in Derby, the overall winners.