Bestway rewards top retailers at prestigious ceremony

Twenty-two independent retailers shared a £43,000 cash prize at the Bestway Retailer Development Awards at London’s Grosvenor House, Park Lane last week.

More than 400 people attended the event, which since 2001, has recognised those behind the convenience store movement across England and Wales. 

Muhammad Shahzad of the Russell Supermarket in Marchmont Street, London, claimed the title of Bestway Overall Retailer of the Year and the top prize of £10,000.

Speaking at the awards, Zameer Choudrey, Bestway’s chief executive said: “The Bestway Retailer Development Awards have for the past decade recognised those providing outstanding service and support to their local communities – and the crucial role they play as a route to market for suppliers in the grocery sector.  Bestway itself was founded 35 years ago by independent retailers and it’s always inspiring to see the talent we have in this industry.  I congratulate all the winners and runners-up and wish them continued success.”

Retail Development seminars run by Bestway as part of the awards have helped more than 4,000 independent retailers to build a more profitable business.  Winners are judged on improvements made over the past 12 months in criteria including customer service; the range of goods stocked; Point-of-Sale (POS) materials; sales, including the success of new lines; pricing policy; and store layout.

The regional winners – including the inaugural Scottish Retailer of the Year – each received £3,000, with the runners-up collecting £2,000 each.  They were:


-       Winner: John Leak of Much Hoole Village Store, Preston

-       Runner-up: Raja Jamil of Best-in Supermarket, Oldham


-       Winner: Shahzad Khaddam of MH Food Store, Luton

-       Runner-up: Selliah Karunakaran of Luton Food and Wine, Luton


-       Scottish Retailer of the Year: Abdul Rashid of Salina Mini Market, Glasgow

-       Runner-up: John McGowan of Icon Stores, Aberdeen

Bruce and Donna Morgan of Best-one Brownlies in Edinburgh picked up the Best-one trophy and £3,000, with Padma Makan of Best-one in Clayton, Manchester, claiming the £2,000 runner-up Best-one symbol group prize.  Mohammed Issa MBE of 1st Stop 2 Shop in Dundee, Scotland, collected the Community Award along with £1,000 for his valuable work towards the welfare of the local community.  And 12 category winners walked away with £1,000 each for their award-winning display and promotion of products across key sectors; they were:

Chilled amp; Frozen (sponsored by Birds Eye, Kepak, Muller, Wiseman Dairies)

-       Jitendra Patel of Niki News, Battersea, London

General Grocery (sponsored by General Mills, Heinz, Kellogg’s, Nestlé Grocery, Tate amp; Lyle)

-       Mohammed Naeem Wasim of Moston Superstore amp; News, Mostyn, Manchester

Household, Health amp; Beauty (sponsored by Kimberley Clarke, Procter amp; Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser)

-       Thiru Ramash of Toddington Food amp; Wine, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Tobacco (sponsored by Imperial Tobacco)

-       Narinder Devgun of Heath Hayes Post Office, Birmingham

Confectionary (sponsored by Kraft, Nestlé Confectionary)

-       Azeem Siddiq of Pure Convenience, Salford

Crisps amp; Snacks (sponsored by KP McVities, PepsiCo Walkers)

-       Thiru Ramash of Toddington Food amp; Wine, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Soft Drinks (sponsored by AG.Barr, Britvic, Boost, Coca Cola, GlaxoSmithKline, Red Bull)

-       Vishnu Patel of Nikes Convenience Store, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire

Water (sponsored by Nestlé Waters)

-       Rajvinder Bains of Ospringe Food amp; Wine, Faversham, Kent

Wines amp; Spirits (sponsored by Accolade Wines, Diageo, J Gallo, Pernod Ricard)

-       Mohammed Asim Aksar of News One, Heywood, Lancashire

Beer amp; Cider (sponsored by AB Inbev, Heineken UK, Magners, Molson Coors)

-       Shahid Hussain of Glanamman Service Station, Carmarthen, Wales

Pet Food (sponsored by Masterfoods, Nestlé Purina)

-       Vasutheyan Rajaratnam of VM Stores, Cardiff, Wales

Baby Food (sponsored by Danone Baby Nutrician)

-       Vishnu Patel of Nikes Convenience Store, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire

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