A huge thank you to our 2017 sponsors
For future sponsorship opportunities, please contact Renzo Latella
Sponsor of CHILLED RETAILER OF THE YEAR
Addo Food Group is proud to sponsor the Chilled Retailer of the Year award. Specialising in the chilled savoury pastry market, we have a passion for food and this comes through in the quality and range of our products, our processing capabilities, our category insight and an ambitious innovation agenda.
We have a long tradition of providing high quality, delicious food, selling over 160 million products every year. Our ranges include a variety of chilled savoury foods, including pork pies, quiche, savoury pies, sausage rolls, pasties, slices and scotch eggs. Our branded portfolio includes Pork Farms, Walls, Farmhouse, Millers and Bowyers
Sponsor of PRODUCT LAUNCH OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The Bestway Group is the UK’s leading independent wholesaler and is delighted to be sponsoring Product Launch of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards 2017. Product innovation lies at the heart of our industry and is critical to developing sales, not only in our Best-one and Xtra Local retail groups, but in the convenience channel in general. In challenging trading times, when competition is driving down retailer margins, new product development provides a welcome catalyst for growth. This is why Bestway and Batleys are pleased to applaud and recognise the achievements of our supplier partners in this area and remain committed to working closely with them to provide an effective route to market for new products that will build business for independent retailers.
Sponsor of INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY RETAILER OF THE YEAR
Working with your local community will increase sales and profits as well as drive footfall and customer loyalty. Being part of the community is a massive advantage that local independent retailers have over the competition. Getting to know customers and what is important to them is very important and close interaction with the community provides an opportunity to offer a personal service that will give shoppers a reason to choose your store. The simple task of putting up a community notice board, getting involved with local charity events, offering a delivery service or sponsoring a local sports team could set your store apart. Listening to shoppers, then tailoring your store around them, will not only secure a place for you within your community, it will grow your business. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage local independent community stores to enter these prestigious awards and wish every entrant the very best of luck. Steve Fox, Managing Director - Booker Group Retail
As the UK’s No.1 supplier of Caribbean food and drink, with a growing presence in the broader world foods market, Grace Foods UK is delighted to be sponsoring the new ‘Independent World Foods Retailer of the Year’ award.
We have developed a close working relationship with the independent retail sector over many years and rely on our retail partners to make available our market-leading range of world food brands, including Nurishment, Encona, Grace and Dunn’s River. By making these brands accessible, together we are growing awareness and shopper demand for tasty, authentic world foods.
We’re really looking forward to celebrating excellence in world foods retailing. Good luck to all who enter.
Nyree Chambers, Head of Marketing, Grace Foods UK
Sponsor of DRINKS RECEPTION AND PHOTOBOOTH
Hi Street Digital Media provide convenience retailers and FMCG brands with a unique opportunity to target shoppers at the vital moment of decision making prior to purchase. Our high bright digital media screens, placed in premium convenience stores throughout the UK, have proven to increase sales of promoted products by an average of 15.3% (and much more in many cases), whilst increasing footfall and basket size by 4.3% and 6.8% respectively.
Screens are supplied completely free of charge to retailers who meet our criteria and we also allocate a portion of the daily media space to retailer specific promotions. Brands promoted on the screens see an immediate and tangible ROI, as well as distribution and compliance solutions, supported by revolutionary shopper marketing analytics and specific EPOS data.
Hi Street Digital Media are identifying, influencing and analysing the convenience shopper mind-set at the most vital time in the shopper mission. For further information on how you can be involved in the benefits of digital media, please visit www.histreetdigital.com.
Sponsor of SUPERMARKET OF THE YEAR
JTI is proud to continue its support for the Supermarket of the Year award at the prestigious Retail Industry Awards. Tobacco continues to be a key source of revenue and footfall for retailers. Through our dedicated team we aim to meet the specific needs of supermarkets to help them make the most of the tobacco category. The JTI team provides expert guidance to all of its category partners on everything from merchandising and store clustering to tailored planograms and updates on tobacco legislation. We look forward to recognising and celebrating retail excellence at this year’s Awards.
Mars Chocolate UK is committed to providing retailers with support to help them grow their sales and we are extremely proud to be sponsoring the Retail Industry Awards for the 14th consecutive year. Once again we are thrilled to be sponsoring the Symbol/Fascia Group of the Year award, which recognises and promotes outstanding talent in the industry. Celebrating the fantastic achievements and commitment of retailers over the last year, this award is one that we are particularly excited about and will continue to support.
Mondelēz International is delighted to be supporting the prestigious Retail Industry Awards by sponsoring the Independent Retailer of the Year category. We are delighted to support an award that acknowledges the hard work independent retailers put into giving their customers the best possible experience in-store, reinforcing their role at the heart of the community and showing true innovation with their displays. To achieve the best results, it is important retailers stock the right range of products, flag each category with leading brands to make them easily identifiable to consumers, while inspiring consumers with great display. In the convenience around 70% of purchases decisions are made in store so it’s crucial that each category and key brands are made easy to shop.
Susan Nash, Trade Communications Manager, Mondelēz International
Swan (Republic Technologies) – Sponsors of STORE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Republic Technologies (UK) Ltd is dedicated to working closely with retail, wholesale and distribution partners to grow the ‘Roll Your Own’ category and so we are delighted to be sponsoring the Store Manager of the Year award via our Swan brand.
As the leading supplier of tobacco accessories, we are specialists in the RYO segment with extensive experience in supplying key products in the categories of rolling papers, filter tips, lighters, matches and other accessories. With leading brands including Swan, Zig-Zag and Poppell, we work with some of the largest retail, wholesale and distribution groups in the UK, developing their businesses through best practice category management.
With the tobacco category constantly evolving, store managers have had to think long and hard about how to promote tobacco sales against the backdrop of an increasingly regulated environment. This award recognises those store managers who have gone the extra mile to produce outstanding results for their store.
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