The winners of Bestway Wholesale’s Retail Development Awards 2019 were revealed last night (Thursday) at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London.

Asif Sardar, owner of Best-one Coltness, in Wishaw, Scotland, claimed the National Winner award, while Barry and Alison Thomas of BJ Thomas Newsagents in Doncaster took the Best-one National Winner accolade.

Donna and Bruce Morgan, owners of Brownlies in Bigger, won both the Scottish award and the Wines & Spirits category award.

The audience included unaffiliated retailers, members of Best-one and Bestway Wholesale’s Xtra Local Retail club, as well as key industry suppliers.

Exclusive to Bestway Wholesale customers and Best-one symbol group members, the retail development programme 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.

Bestway Wholesale managing director Dawood Pervez said: “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.”

The winners are as follows: 

National Winner

Asif Sardar, best-one Coltness, Wishaw, Motherwell

Best-one National Winner

Barry and Alison Thomas, BJ Thomas Newsagents, Doncaster

Southern Winner

Gareth Jones, JJ’s Convenience Store, Gilfach, Bargoed

Northern Winner

Hardeep Singh Nahal, Pedmore Convenience Store, Pedmore, Stourbridge

Scottish Winner

Donna and Bruce Morgan, Brownlies, Biggar


Shad Saleem, Plessy News and Poets Corner, Blyth

Soft Drinks

Hitesh Karsan, Hathershaw Mini Market, Oldham

Beer & Cider

Asif Sardar, best-one Coltness, Wishaw


Bobby Mann, best-one Stainbeck, Leeds

Crisps & Snacks

Ijaz Ahmed, Falcon Food Express, Bethnal Green, London

General Grocery

Sivananthan Kandasamy, best-one Ongar Supermarket, Ongar

Household, Health and Beauty

Alkesh Pankhania, best-one Sunbury, Sunbury-on-Thames

Pet Food

Sagir Hasham, Mr Booze Express, Derby

Baby Food

Tony Openshaw, Masefield News, Stanley, Durham

Wines & Spirits

Donna and Bruce Morgan, Brownlies, Biggar


Mr Lewis Prager, Wakefield

Chilled Provisions & Dairy

Manish Patel, best-one, Leeds


N Soni, Thrifties, Broughton