The Convenience Retail Awards celebrate the very best that our sector has to offer. Send your entries in now for a chance to be part of it
Today marks the launch of the Convenience Retail Awards 2016 - not only the most prestigious awards ceremony in the sector, but also the best night out. Taking place on Thursday 17 March at 155 Bishopsgate, London, the CRAs offer you the opportunity to party with the best retailers in the business, and maybe even scoop a highly sought-after award.
Scotmid Stockbridge in Edinburgh took home the title of Convenience Retailer of the year 2015 and has reaped the benefits. “It’s definitely brought more custom to the store,” says manager Craig McAulay. “We had record sales throughout the summer, even without good weather. Turnover is up from £44-£46,000 a week to £49-£50,000 and the store also receives much more attention, with top bosses at Scotmid and MPs coming to visit.”
It’s not just sales that rocket though - winning an award has a massive impact on staff, too. “It was a great morale boost,” says Craig. “My regional development manager says we’ve probably got one of the strongest teams in the area. They have more confidence in themselves and not a single member of staff has left since we won the award.”
The evening itself provides a unique opportunity to rub shoulders with like-minded peers. “The awards night gave us a good chance to network with other stores and suppliers, and friendships have been formed,” s ays Darren Given of Swifts in Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, whose store was named National Lottery Retailer of the Year.
But it’s not just about taking home an award. “It was a brilliant night out,” says Darren. “There was a real party atmosphere. We’d have loved it just as much even if we hadn’t won an award. When you’re all standing on your chairs at the end of the night waving your napkins in the air, you know you’ve had a good time - it’s great craic!”
So what are you waiting for - request an entry form now and send it to us by 13 November to be in with a chance of joining the party.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
To be in with a chance of winning, we are looking for stores with a vibrant atmosphere and the highest standards of merchandising and cleanliness. A strong and enticing product range is a must, as is a proven track record of business success. We love to see engaging staff who pride themselves on providing top-notch customer service; getting involved with community activities; and achieving good sales. If you think your store fits the bill, then enter online or request a paper entry form today.
The awards categories
The awards programme is split into two parts. The store awards celebrate outstanding all-round achievement across the store as a whole and are based on store size - small, medium and large - with medium-sized stores split into multiple and independent sub-categories.
Best Independent Convenience Store
(Nine stores or fewer in the same ownership)
Best Multiple Convenience Store
(10 stores or more)
Best Small Store
(1,500sq ft or smaller)
Best Large Store
There are also a number of specialist category awards to recognise outstanding achievement in one of the key disciplines of convenience retailing. These are:
Best Chilled Food Retailer
sponsored by Müller Dairy/Müller Wiseman Dairies
Off Licence Retailer of the Year
sponsored by Pernod Ricard
In-store Services Retailer of the Year
sponsored by the Post Office
Food to Go Retailer of the Year
sponsored by Urban Eat
Best Use of Technology
sponsored by The Retail Data Partnership
Best Customer Service
sponsored by Bestway
Community Retailer of the Year
sponsored by PayPoint
Best Communication to Shoppers
sponsored by HIM Research and Consulting
Responsible Retailing Award
Champion of Energy Efficiency
Best New Store
sponsored by Mars Chocolate
In addition, there are three special awards to be presented on the evening. These are:
Retailer’s Retailer of the Year
sponsored by United Biscuits
Lifetime Achievement Award
sponsored by Jacobs Douwe Egberts
Product of the Year
sponsored by Best-one
HOW TO ENTER
All entries must be made on the official entry form. You can:
Web: Enter online at www.cr-awards.co.uk
Phone: Call Jane Rollinson on 01293 610439
Entries must be received by 13 November 2015.
The awards presentation and dinner will be held at 155 Bishopsgate, London, on Thursday 17 March. All national award and special award finalists will be invited with a guest to attend the awards dinner on a complimentary basis.