There was Scottish success at Bestway Wholesale’s Retail Development Awards 2019 when Asif Sardar of best-one Coltness, Wishaw was named as National Winner.
The event, held on 17 October at London’s Marriott Hotel, saw a 400-strong audience of independent retailers, members of the best-one symbol group and Bestway Wholesale’s Xtra Local retail club, as well as key industry suppliers, gather to recognise the outstanding achievements and business successes of retailers from up and down the country.
Asif also triumphed in the Beer & Cider category, while Donna and Bruce Morgan (pictured below), of Brownlies, Biggar, walked away with both the Scottish and Wines & Spirits awards.
The annual Retail Development programme is exclusive to Bestway Wholesale customers and best-one Symbol Group members. It gives independent retailers the opportunity to attend a seminar offering advice and guidance on how to best meet their customers’ needs and a trade show where they see new products from suppliers first hand. Retailers are then given six months to implement the learnings in their store to help drive sales before they have the chance to enter the Awards and potentially win a share of a total prize fund worth over £50,000.
Dawood Pervez, Managing Director at Bestway Wholesale, says: “Independent retailers are facing heavy competition from multiples and other high street rivals; by no means are the achievements we see at these awards easily done. They are the result of hard work, dedication and unwavering vision on each retailer’s business goals.
“For many, making bold decisions, investing in their stores and keeping their shoppers and local communities at the heart of what they do, has seen their businesses transform in just a year. Every year, I am inspired and in awe of what some of our retailers manage to achieve.”