Awards

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RIA 2017 winner: Symbol Initiative of the Year

It was the push by symbol group Simply Fresh into the emerging market of hospital stores that impressed the judging panel and earned it the title of Symbol Initiative of the Year for the second year in a row. The ...

RIA 2017 winner: Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year – Symbol

Fresh produce is pivotal to the new operating model at Budgens that launched in March 2016 and was a key factor in its return to growth. The new strategy helped turn around sales of fresh produce from a decline of ...

RIA 2017 winner: Multiple Community Retailer of the Year

With more than 5,500 employees and 290 company-owned Spar stores across England and Wales, Blakemore Retail is one of the largest convenience store operators in the UK. The company is committed to the local communities it serves and actively encourages ...

RIA 2017 winner: Food-to-go Retailer of the Year – Multiple

Since the Co-op re-launched its food-to-go offer in 2013, it has delivered consistent growth in both sales and market share, adding more than £50m-worth of incremental business in sandwiches and salads over a three-year period. That growth has seen Co-op’s ...

RIA 2017 winner: Chilled Retailer of the Year – Multiple

Chilled produce is a key strategic focus for Aldi as it seeks to position itself as a quality British supermarket retailer, drive sales and shopper frequency, and improve the convenience offer for its increasingly time-pressed shoppers. In 2016, Aldi announced ...

RIA 2017 winner: Franchise Group of the Year

Bargain Booze was this year’s pick for Franchise Group of the Year, thanks to the excellent level of support given to its franchisees over the past 12 months. This included not only retail support 365 days a year, but also ...

RIA 2017 winner: Symbol/Fascia Group of the Year

In a marketplace experiencing more than its fair share of turmoil, Spar UK has had a hugely successful and profitable year. Retail sales were up by 8.5% to £3.3bn and profits grew by 9%, largely thanks to the 300 new ...

RIA 2017 winner: Store Team of the Year

Staff members at Spar Greystone in Antrim really rallied round when major health and safety problems arose during a store refit to accommodate a neighbouring post office. The reaction of the store team was said by judges to have “knocked ...

RIA 2017 winner: Forecourt Retailer of the Year – Company-owned

Eurospar Glenwell is a 4,500sq ft forecourt store catering for both locals and passing trade. The store majors on providing “sparkling” customer service and relies heavily on shopper feedback to ensure “every visit to our store is memorable”. Training is ...

RIA 2017 winner: Forecourt Retailer of the Year – Multiple

Henderson Retail is the company-owned store division of Henderson Group, operating 79 stores across the province under the Spar and Eurospar brands – 65 of which are forecourt sites. The Retail Industry Awards judges were impressed by the all-round quality ...

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