Derby shopkeeper Alan Smith has been announced as the new national president of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN).
Smith was elected by fellow newsagents at the NFRN’s 93rd Annual Conference in Birmingham last week. He was previously national vice-president.
A newsagent for 32 years, Smith runs Smiths News in Western Road, Mickleover, with his wife Sue. Before becoming a retailer he worked as a process engraver for the Derby Telegraph.
Smith said: “I am delighted and honoured to be elected national president and am very enthusiastic about my new role. My motto for the coming year will be ‘Every Member Matters’ and every member will matter, be they a member of long standing or a new recruit.”
His objectives include continuing the good work done by the former national president Kieran McDonnell, finding new ways to put more money in independent retailers’ tills and to push the government to tackle the growing problem of retail crime.