Bestway group reviews its buying operation

Bestway, the second largest wholesale group in the UK with a turnover of now over £2 billion and a total staff of over 4000 people, has reorganised its buying team of negotiators to bring the Group’s two previous buying teams at Batleys and Bestway together to form a greater buying force and to create a team that will ensure the business continues to provide its nationwide customer base with the best possible prices and variety of stock.

Kaiser Yousaf, the Group’s trading controller said in announcing the changes, “Following a general review of the way we negotiate our deals with suppliers, we have restructured the original two teams at Batleys and Bestway into one team. I am delighted to also include in the review, the addition of two new people who joined as graduate trainees and have previously worked as deputy managers in the Group branch network. In their new roles they will bring new skills to the team and create a greater force of knowledge and experience.”

The team, under the direction of Kaiser Yousaf, will include seven senior negotiators who will lead their own teams within their own categories; all are based at the Bestway Abbey Road headquarters with the exception of Batleys pet care team, which will continue to operate from Batleys Huddersfield offices, led by operations manager Mike Bailey.

Catering, a growing area of importance to both Bestway and Batleys will have a separate team who will work alongside David Gilroy who is responsible for the Catering offer provided by the Group.

The new team looks like this;

Kaiser Yousaf – Group Trading Controller, department head

Kaiser Yousaf is also directly responsible for Tobacco

Mumtaz Ali – senior negotiator Confectionery

Haleem Sadiq -negotiator Drinks soft and  Snacks/crisps

Nick Brown – senior negotiator Best-in own label and overseeing the following;

Sami Qayyum – negotiator Catering

Chris Smith – trainee negotiator Frozen/Bread Cakes and Dairy/Fresh

Aly Anjum Sheikh – trainee negotiator

Richard Booth – senior negotiator Grocery, Laundry and Fairtrade

Zahir Abdullah, Zahir Household and Health&Beauty

Nadeem Hashmi – trainee negotiator

Roopinder Toor – senior negotiator Beer/Wines/Spirits Jointly responsible

John De Silva – senior negotiator

Salim Setra – senior negotiator Non Food

Altaf Khan – negotiator

Mike Bailey Area operations manager Pet Care Products

Peter Brame – senior negotiator Pet Care Products

Adam Moore -negotiator Pet Care Products

Further information: Peter Cunard, PR Adviser, Bestway Group 020 8991 5843