Bestway Wholesale is celebrating 40 years in the wholesale business in 2016 since its first cash and carry depot in Acton opened in 1976. Over the years Bestway has established an enviable reputation as the UK’s most dynamic and cost-effective wholesaler serving retail customers from its sixty-three Bestway, Batleys and BestPets branded warehouses.
However the group is not resting on its laurels and has some exciting activities planned for customers throughout 2016 with extensive 40th Anniversary branding in each of the company’s sixty Bestway and Batleys depots.
The anniversary year will begin with a bang with a Best-in promotion throughout January where retailers can drive away in a brand new family car by buying Best-in juices. This will be followed in February with the launch of the group’s first ever reward card for customers.
Younus Sheikh, managing director and founding member of Bestway Wholesale has seen it all over the years, “The wholesale business has changed dramatically over the years. In the beginning it was all about piling high and selling cheap to independent retailers and cafes. Now it is more about shifting perceptions rather than shifting boxes. Although cash and carry is still a major part of the business, delivered wholesale plays a major part with sales of over £650m per annum. The past forty years has seen the company evolve into a truly national cross-sector wholesaler but has never lost sight of our mission of Building Business for the Independent.”
The group will once again focus on its three core pillars of catering, symbol & club and web & digital during 2016 having made great strides in 2015.
Despite the group managing down the number of stores in its Best-one and Xtra Local groups to maintain the integrity of the brands, sales through the 4,050 affiliated stores have continued to increase despite the fall in store numbers. The focus on chilled and fresh will continue in 2016 as will Best-one’s sector leading rebate scheme, My Rewards, which offers members up to 5% cashback on purchases.
In digital, Bestway Wholesale will continue to lead from the front with more retailer personalisation through its website and mobile app.
Mr Sheikh concludes, “Forty years ago Sir Anwar Pervez established Bestway as a fledgling wholesaler in London to give better prices and service to small shop owners. Our mission from day one was to build business for independents and now, forty years on, the group is proud to serve over 200,000 customers from large local authorities to small kiosks form our sixty-three depots nationwide. As a business we have come along way but there is still great headroom for growth and we will be fully focused on this in our 40th anniversary year.”