Speaking at the recent Londis show in Coventry, head of sales support Kelvin Ling said group numbers were growing steadily with each round, and about 30% of members now regularly attend a local cluster group. Ling said the aim was to secure at least 70% attendance in the future.
Londis retailer and chairman of the group's retail council Raj Chandegra is also pleased with the progress. He said: "Although there was initially a slow uptake, they are now going well. Numbers have pretty much doubled since the first round and on average there is about 30-40% attendance."
Raj added: "A lot of issues discussed at the cluster groups are taken up at regional level and then filtered through to head office. It's important retailers see that the meetings are not a waste of time and are a good chance to discuss issues with other retailers."