Friday 1st November 2013

Bestway Retail Development Award Winners 2013

Almost 500 guest including retailers, suppliers and Bestway Batleys staff saluted the achievements of independent retailers last night at the 12th annual Retail Development Awards at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.

The glittering event recognises retailers who are the forefront of convenience retailing and who demonstrate willingness for continual learning. Supported by the biggest names in FMCG, the awards rewarded retailers across the UK with 22 retailers sharing a prize fund of £32,000 and Ishtiaq & Sadia Qureshi of Llanrumney Stores, in Cardiff scooped the title of Bestway Overall Retailer of the Year and the top prize of a massive £10,000. 

Speaking at the awards, Bestway’s group chief executive, Zameer Choudrey said: “Bestway and Batleys are proud to recognise the success of those individuals through the Retail Development Awards who have provided outstanding service and support to their local communities in the past twelve months.  I congratulate all the winners and runners-up and wish them continued success. We must also remember the hundreds of retailers who will not be rewarded here tonight but have made giant strides in developing their own businesses through listening at the RDA Seminars and taking those learnings back into their businesses.”

The Retail Development seminars run by Bestway as part of the awards have helped more than 4,500 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.

Roll of honour

Overall Winner

Ishtiaq Qureshi, Llanrumney Stores, 63 Llanrumney Avenue, Llanrumney Cardiff

Northern Winner

Mohammed Hameed, Lightbowne Road Post Office, 190 - 192 Lightbowne Road, Moston,

Southern Winner

Anil Mittal, Slip End Superstore, 1 Markygate Road, Luton

Scottish Winner

Mr Mohammed Issa MBE, 1st Stop 2 Shop, 32 - 38 Fintry Drive, Dundee

Community Award

Sritharan Vairamuttu & Rahini Sritharan, Amlu's General Store, Pendle Court, Pondhill

Best-One National Winner

Mr Vacaas Ali, Best One, 53 Station Road, Washington

Northern Runner-up

Muneeb Sarwar, RZ Supermarket, Costers Lane, Winyates East, Redditch

Southern Runner-up

Paul and Gail Mather, Sherston Post Office, The Old School, Sherston, Malmesbury

Scottish Runner-Up

Mr Abdul Rashid, Salina Mini Market, 29 Stevenston Street, New Stevenston

Best-One Runner-up

Mr Nayan Amin, Best One, 165 West Street, Dunstable


Category Awards

Chilled & Frozen

Mr and Mrs Cheema, Avenue Food and Wine,179-181 St George’s Avenue, Sheerness, Kent

General Grocery

David Leak, Much Hoole Village Shop, 2 Smithy Lane, Much Hoole, Preston

Household & Health and Beauty

Kiran Patel, Buttershaw Foodstores, 28-30 Reevy Road West, Bradford


Harinder Khela, Khela Food and Wine, 22 Dib Lane, Springfield, Leeds


Muhammad Nadeem, Elves Food City, 126 - 128 Essex Road, London

Crisps & Snacks     

Sukhwinder Badhan, Midland News & Post Office, Worcester Road, Wychbold, Droitwich

Soft Drinks  

Zaffar Mahmood, Bestbuy, 2 Darnbrook Way, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough


Santosh Sundaresan, BMP Star Supermarket, 278 - 280 Court Road, London

Wines & Spirits

Kuruparan Suppiah, Hatters News, 22 Chapel Street, Luton

Beer & Cider

Kalpesh Raja, Parker Drive Service Station, 126 Parker Drive, Leicester

Pet Food

Aravinthan Jeyasingam, Ashton Stores, 76 Ashton Road, Luton

Baby Food

Thangarajah Karunakaran, Bungalow Shop, 177 Toddington Road, Luton