Record number of entrants for Bestway Retail Development Awards

More than 150 retailers – a record number – have entered Bestway Wholesale’s Retail Development Awards ahead of the awards ceremony at Marriott Grosvenor Square, London, on 17 October.

All of the award entrants attended one of Bestway’s Retail Development Seminars earlier this year.

Both best-one symbol group retailers and independent retailers have entered the awards, all of whom attended one of Bestway’s Retail Development Seminars earlier this year.

The Retail Development Programme has been running for 18 years, providing insight and support to independent retailers from Bestway and leading supplier partners of the scheme.

All retail customers of Bestway can attend a seminar in the Spring in Scotland or the North or the South of England, to obtain knowledge by category and get a first look at new product developments and special promotions via the trade show on the second day of the event.

Retailers who attend the seminars, and then implement changes to their store with the support of suppliers and their Bestway Development Manager, can enter the awards to win a cash prize.

Award categories include several by product area, including soft drinks, beers and ciders, pet food, baby food and chilled. In addition, retailers can enter community retailer of the year, an independently judged award which recognises the retailer most at the heart of their community.

Except for ‘tobacco retailer of the year’, which is judged by Imperial Tobacco, the awards are all judged by the best-one business development team headed up by Paul Adams, head of retail development and sales for best-one. The winning retailers are selected based on their professionalism, implementation of the insights they learned at the seminars and sales figures which demonstrated improvements.

Adams comments: “A lot of effort has been put into these awards by a lot of retailers and we’ve had some really great entries. In selecting winners, I’ll be looking for people who have genuinely engaged with the RDA’s scheme by attending the seminars, listening to what was said and implementing the changes in their store. Choosing the finalists won’t be easy, as we have so many great stories to tell.”

A total of 18 category winners will be selected, with the top four retailers crowned Scottish, Northern and Southern winner and overall National winner. The total prize fund is worth over £50,000.

The full list of winners will be communicated after the awards ceremony on 17th October. Suppliers can purchase tickets for the awards by emailing

Tel: Bestway Group 020-8453 1234


Published Date: September 15, 2019
Category: Wholesale Industry News