Retailers have until Monday 12 April to enter The Convenience Awards 2021 and be in with a chance of winning one of the top prizes in the industry.
Brought to you by ConvenienceStore.co.uk, Lumina Intelligence and The Grocer, there are 11 self-entry categories that retailers can enter as well as the Retailers’ Retailer and Convenience Retailer of the Year Award up for grabs. New categories for 2021 include Customer Delivery Store of the Year and Rising Star.
Editor of ConvenienceStore.co.uk Aidan Fortune encouraged retailers to be in with a chance of being recognised as the best in the country. “These awards highlight the very best of convenience retailing and champion the top retailers and stores for the hard work they’re doing. With the addition of two new categories, there’s bound to be one that will suit your business,” he said. “Get your entries in now and be proud of your businesses!”
Sponsors for this year’s awards are: Booker, Boost Drinks, Coca-Cola European Partners, Nisa, Snappy Shopper, Spar and Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I.
The Convenience Awards 2021 self entry categories are:
Sales Colleague of the Year
The Sales Colleague of the Year award is a unique opportunity to share the amazing work achieved by team members who go the extra mile to help their local communities, raise money for national/local charities, and demonstrates amazing entrepreneurial spirit by suggesting profit-generating ideas.
Community Retailer of the Year
Your entry should describe how you are working with your store to help better your local community or the area surrounding your store. The Community Retailer of the Year category is open to all retailers who care about their local areas and want to use every resource at their disposal to help it.
Convenience Rising Star of the Year
The Convenience Rising Star Award is open to retailers of all ages who have opened their first store in the past two years. As well as examining sales results and customer engagement, the judging panel will be looking for examples of innovation from entrants, particularly around taking a new approach to any retailing challenge.
Customer Delivery Store of the Year
Delivery has exploded within the convenience sector due to the pandemic and more retailers than ever are embracing this service. This award recognises retailers that have implemented a successful delivery service that provides the dual function of serving communities and driving sales.
Sustainability Retailer of the Year
With sustainability and plastic high on shoppers’ agenda, this is a chance to show how much you have improved your store’s environmental credentials, with the award taking into account factors including energy use, waste management and packaging reduction.
Food to Go Store of the Year
Convenience stores have a big opportunity to satisfy customers and build sales with a compelling food to go offer, including sandwiches, hot food, impulse items and drinks to go, with solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks throughout the day. This award will celebrate the leader in the field.
New Store/Refit of the Year
This award is open to stores that have opened from scratch, or re-opened after a significant remodelling, during the calendar year 2020. This award will be given to the store which, in the opinion of the judges, is the best example of a modern convenience store and is open to stores of all sizes, and any ownership structure.
Small Convenience Store of the Year
Any store smaller than 1,500sq ft in selling space, regardless of ownership or retail brand.
Large Convenience Store of the Year
Any store larger than 3,000sq ft in selling space, regardless of ownership or retail brand.
Independent Convenience Store of the Year
A single store or part of a group of 9 stores or fewer under the same ownership, trading under a symbol or retailer’s own brand; (1,500 – 3,000sq ft in size).
Multiple Managed Convenience Store of the Year
Part of a group of 10 stores or more under the same ownership, or any store trading under a retail brand as part of a franchise programme; (1,500 – 3,000sq ft in size).
The Convenience Retailer of the Year 2021 will be chosen from the winners of the Large, Small, Independent and Multiple Managed categories.
The Convenience Awards 2021 research categories are:
The Shoppers’ Favourite Convenience Fascia for Chilled & Frozen
The Shoppers’ Favourite Convenience Fascia for Impulse Categories
The Shoppers’ Favourite Convenience Fascia for BWS
The Shoppers’ Favourite Food to Go Fascia
The Shoppers’ Favourite Forecourt Fascia
The Shoppers’ Favourite Symbol Group
The Shoppers’ Favourite Managed Convenience Fascia
The Shoppers’ Favourite Convenience Fascia
The Retailers’ Favourite Product Launch
The Retailers’ Favourite Supplier Salesforce
The Retailers’ Favourite Convenience Fascia for Category Support