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Bestway Wholesale has revealed the winners of its newly-combined Retail Development Awards (RDAs) and Bestway Performance Awards (BPAs).

Held at London’s Marriot Hotel on Park Lane on 2 November 2023, the new joint awards celebrates both its retailers and colleagues all together at the same time. The awards evening saw Bestway colleagues, independent retailers, members of the Bestway Retail symbol group members (Best-one, Bargain Booze and Costcutter), and Bestway Wholesale’s Xtra Local Retail Club as well as key supply partners, come together to showcase and recognise exemplars of best practice and growth, seen over the past year.

As part of Bestway’s Retail Development Programme, the Retail Development Awards celebrate outstanding achievements and business successes from Bestway Retail and independent retailers.

The Bestway Performance Awards are open to all employees within Bestway - from drivers, pickers, telesales teams, store and depot colleagues to office-based colleagues and departments. All winners were presented with a certificate and trophy on stage and employee winners won a cash bonus in recognition of their commitment and hard work.

The awards were presented by Dawood Pervez, Managing Director, Bestway Wholesale, Kenton Burchell, Group Trading Director, Bestway Wholesale, Jamie Davison, Retail Director, Bestway Retail and Naser Khan.

Bestway Wholesale managing director, Dawood Pervez, explained why the business has taken the decision to join together the awards. “We have brought our Retail Development Awards and Bestway Performance Awards together as the two are intrinsically linked,” he said. “Our retailers’ success are our teams’ success – together we grow, and together we innovate, and it feels appropriate to recognise the power of teamwork as we invest in the future and in the growth of our respective businesses.

“Here at Bestway, we have a profound commitment to growing together and supporting the local communities we serve, whether that be you our retailers and your own customers – or our colleagues, who make it all possible.”

Aidan Fortune, editor of Convenience Store which was media partner for the awards, praised the winners. “It’s heartening to see such passion for the sector from both retailers and Bestway colleagues. The winners of tonight’s awards are shining examples of all that is good within the convenience channel. Congratulations to all of the worthy winners and I look forward to visiting some of the winning stores in the near future.”


                                                                         Colleague Awards

Bestway Company Values - We are one family

Jane Mulroy - Central Operations Depot

Bestway Company Values - Everyone voice matters

Dhurmesh Vekaria - Central Income Controller

Bestway Company Values - Champion what’s right

Andy Wildman - Customer Sales Representative - BW Vans

Bestway Company Values - Be proud of what you do

Koral O’Keefe - Instore & POS Marketing Manager - BRL

Office Colleague of the Year

Valentina Ferlanti - Business Analyst - IT

Field Colleague of the Year

Lucy Smith - Regional Manager - BRL

Depot Colleague of the Year

David McKenry - Operations Manager - Follingsby Depot 819 (Gateshead)

Store Colleague of the Year

Jessica Hollingworth - Store Manager Market Drayton 2086


                                                                         Store/Depot Awards

Depot of the year


Store of the Year

Canford Cliffs


                                                                          Supplier Awards

Best Use of Data

Imperial Tobacco

Best C&C initiative

Joint winners: AG Barr and KP Snacks

Best Retail Initiative


Best Supply Chain Management & Service

Nestle Purina, Rowntree and SC4 grocery

Supplier of the Year

Coca-Cola European Partners

Best Digital Initiative

Imperial Tobacco


                                                                            Retailer Awards

Drinks Retailer of the Year

Bargain Booze - Wigan

Grocery Retailer of the Year

Campbells of Leyburn

Tobacco/Vape Retailer of the Year

Ocean Trading Ltd, Addlestone

Soft Drinks Retailer of the Year

Global Food and Wine, Wanstead

Impulse Retailer of the Year

Best-One - Avondale Stores Ltd, Wiidnes

Food 2 Go Retailer of the Year

Rootes Grocery Store, Warwick

Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year

Triple A Foodhall - Nuneaton

Independent Retailer of the Year

New Zealand Wines, Manchester

Pet Retailer of the Year

Feedem, Guisborough