Further to its acquisition of CSG (Costcutter Supermarkets Group) in late 2020, Bestway Wholesale has announced a restructure of its senior management team.
Mike Hollis, formerly retail director of CSG, has been appointed as Bestway retail director. Reporting to managing director Dawood Pervez and based out of York, Hollis will lead a new retail division focused on helping independent retailers to grow their food and drink business.
Other key members of the new retail division:
• Paul Adams (head of symbol fascia)
• Duncan Jelfs (head of franchise)
• Clive Binks (head of corporate stores)
• Frankie Haynes (head of central operations)
• Jamie Davison (head of store recruitment and development)
The company has also confirmed that its buying and marketing teams will now be managed centrally for all cash & carry, convenience, off-licence, catering, pet specialist and export customers under the leadership of Kenton Burchell who will take up the new role of group trading director.
The restructure supports Bestway’s vision to bring Bestway Wholesale and Bestway Retail together, enabling the organisation to harness its growing scale and talent.
Pervez commented: “We have extraordinary talent within our business and the time is right to make changes as an important step in delivering future growth and ensuring we continue to meet the needs of our customers as behaviours change and opportunities grow.
“We are now bringing together our off-licence led business in Crewe (including our Bargain Booze and Wine Rack brands) and convenience-led business in York (including our Costcutter and sub-brands Mace, Kwiksave, Simply Fresh, Supershop brands) and Best-one convenience, as one team within Bestway Retail.
“Importantly, we will continue to operate out of both sites, which will each become a centre of excellence for off-licence and convenience respectively. Our new structure will optimise our ways of working within the Bestway teams, with our customers and our supplier partners.”
Bestway’s specialist pet business continues to be managed from its Huddersfield premises.
“The approach that we have taken blends centrally managed services with localised, specialist expertise aligned to our key locations in the UK,” continued Pervez. “Additional services that will be managed centrally include procurement, fleet and insurance services, legal and financial controllership.
“We have built fantastic momentum over the past year, and we want to build on this to optimise our potential trade during the coming months and ensure we have the right team, in the right place, to continue this exciting journey with us.”
The restructure will take effect over the coming weeks, and will continue to be overseen by Naser Khan, chief operating officer of Bestway Wholesale and Bestway Retail, who currently heads up the integration of the businesses.
Tel: Bestway Wholesale 020-8453 1234