Retail Industry Awards 2017 :: Sponsors

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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.
Younus Sheikh, Managing Director, Bestway Wholesale

Sponsor of DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT AWARD

Bolt Learning has been set up by Tamlin Roberts, Tom Fender, Marcus Vallance and Mike Greene to harness the collective strengths of retail experience, digital expertise and educational mastery to provide something pretty unique – a company which can fast-track individuals and teams working in the UK food and drink sector by providing regular, relevant and hugely engaging training which is accessible any time, any place on any digital device.  People remain most companies’ greatest asset.  Companies need to nurture and develop their greatest assets on a continuous basis.  Sadly, many don’t.  We only want to work with people and companies who truly want to stay ahead of the competition by investing in their colleagues.

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


Sponsor of the CONVENIENCE RETAILER OF THE YEAR

Buy and sell convenience stores, and a whole range of other retail businesses with Daltons Business - the UK’s largest and most popular business for sale portal.
Daltons Business has been connecting buyers and sellers of businesses since 1867. With more than 30,000 listed businesses and franchises for sale and 350,000 business buyers visiting our site every month, we are the UK’s largest online business and franchise for sale marketplace.
You can find everything you need. From buying a Convenience store in Cardiff or Newsagents in Newcastle, right through to selling a fish & chip shop in Farnborough or a Post Office in Wolverhampton  – we’ve got it all covered! See for yourself now at Daltonsbusiness.com!

Sponsor of the FRANCHISE GROUP OF THE YEAR

Franchise Finance are a team of independent business experts who support independent retailers throughout their business journey. From start up to eventual sale or transfer of the business, the team assist with arranging loan and lease finance, the provision of business planning services and a range of courses and workshops delivered through its ‘in house’ Business Training Academy.
The team are passionate about helping business owners to set and achieve their business goals. With its own £50m lending fund and a large panel of other lenders ready to assist, the team have a 95% success rate in providing the funds that their clients desire.

Sponsor of INDEPENDENT WORLD FOODS RETAILER OF THE YEAR

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 RETAILER OF THE YEAR

As the UK’s No.1 supplier of the cider and beer category, HEINEKEN is proud to sponsor the Drinks Retailer of the Year category at the Retail Industry Awards 2017. With a portfolio of leading beer and cider brands including Amstel, Foster’s, Heineken®, Strongbow and Bulmers, we are incredibly passionate about our products and the outstanding service that we offer to our customers. Through Star Retailer - our award-winning Beer & Cider category advice scheme – we provide advice, support and rewards to our network of Star Retailers. Since its launch, the scheme has delivered £60 million extra sales to the category in the convenience channel, with 83% of retailers seeing sales increase. HEINEKEN has recently revamped its Star Retailer website to ensure its enduring relevance in helping retailers continue to make the most of their Beer & Cider sales. To join the scheme, visit starretailer.co.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 the WINNER'S SPARKLING WINE

i heart Wines is proud to be sponsoring the Winner’s Sparkling Wine with our i heart Prosecco - the leading sparkling wine across the impulse sector.
i heart Wines started life in 2010 as a doodle on a pad. Since then it has fast become a must-have brand in the UK, and around the world. We take a fresh approach to wine, keeping things simple and focussing on what’s important- great tasting wine, at a reasonable price, with an eye-catching design.
We know that people enjoy wine without being experts, so why make it any more complicated than that? For more information visit www.iheartwines.co.uk.

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.

Sponsor of MOST IMPROVED STORE

Logic is proud to sponsor the Most Improved Store at the Retail Industry Awards 2017. The Logic range contains a variety of devices, whatever your vaping needs. From disposables to capsule vapes, to refillable vapes - we've got you covered. Additionally, Logic Pro is now the No1 capsule vaping brand within the UK. The Logic team provides guidance to all category partners across a number of elements including category education, TPD2 legislation and in store merchandising solutions. We are excited to celebrate and recognise the achievements of retailers’ hard work over the past year.

Sponsor of SYMBOL FASCIA GROUP OF THE YEAR

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.

Sponsor of INDEPENDENT RETAILER OF THE YEAR

Mondel─ôz 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, Mondel─ôz International

Sponsor of the MULTIPLE COMMUNITY RETAILER OF THE YEAR

The National Lottery, is proud to sponsor Multiple Community Retailer of the Year.
With around 60 per cent of adults playing regularly, The National Lottery is at the heart of communities across the UK – in the same way that retailers are.
Since 1994, our retail partners and their customers have helped us raise over £37 billion for Good Causes – benefiting millions of people’s lives. At the same time, more than 4,600 millionaires or multi-millionaires have been created and National Lottery retailers have earned a staggering £5.9 billion in total sales commission.
All of this means that The National Lottery continues to be life-changing for winners, Good Causes and retailers alike. We wish all of this year’s finalists the very best of luck.

Sponsor of STORE TEAM OF THE YEAR

Nisa is the natural home for independent retailers, working tirelessly to ensure it provides all the tools needed to compete against the increase in competition in the convenience retail sector. They provide a complete retail support package which comprises a strong retail focussed team, an enhanced category management system, a bespoke staff training facility under the Retail Academy banner, and a comprehensive marketing package. All of this is in addition to the award-winning supply chain, a strong own label range and over 13,000 SKUs.
A key focus for Nisa has been customer relationships and driving brand standards to be synonymous with customer service and consumer offering. Nisa considers the term customer relationship to include both the service standards provided in store, but also in delivering a proposition the customer can relate to.
The philosophy of Nisa’s mutual style model is that it is for the benefit of all members, with the unrivalled range of products and services underpinning its position as the partner of choice for convenience retailers.

Sponsor of the POST OFFICE OF THE YEAR

The Post Office is delighted to support the Post Office Retailer of the Year Award.
We believe taking on a Post Office brings in new customers so retailers can drive sales. A Post Office local franchise only needs a square meter of counter-space by the retail till and level access to shop premises, to put a convenience store at the heart of the community.
The Post Office provides services central to peoples’ everyday lives and is the largest fee-free cash withdrawal network in the UK; 99.7% of the population lives within 3 miles of a Post Office.
We want to recognise the people who combine a Post Office with a great retail offer, and wish all entrants every success.

Sponsor of STORE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

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.

Sponsor of the AIRSHIP

Utilita is proud to bring a spark to the Retail Industry Awards as the sponsor of the event’s Hot Air Balloon Drone.  As the UK’s fastest-growing independent energy supplier, we have been at the forefront of the UK’s smart meter rollout since its formation in 2003 and are the only provider to offer a dedicated, transparent and flexible package to the UK’s small retailer network.
Utilita was the first independent retailer to challenge the Big Six energy providers in the smart pay-as-you-go market and now boasts more than 555,000 domestic customers. Following this success, we’ve now also turned our attention to powering the UK’s high streets, launching a smarter solution to support small independent retailers and convenience stores with a single, competitive tariff, flexible payment options and no upfront deposits.
As proud supporters of this ‘Nation of Shopkeepers’ we’d like to wish all high flying finalists the best of luck!

 

 

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