Bestway, the UK’s largest independent wholesaler, has announced the launch of its Retail Development Scheme 2014 to find the most improved retailers in the UK.


The scheme is open to all independent retailers in the UK and carries a total prize fund of over £50,000 with the top winner receiving a mammoth £10,000.

The scheme will commence with Bestway hosting three two-day seminars across the country in the coming months in which suppliers will educate retailers on how best to increase sales and profitability across key categories. Retailers attending will then be encouraged to embrace these learnings in store and those who have seen the biggest sales increases will win an award at the Retail Development Awards to be held in central London in October.

Younus Sheikh, managing director at Bestway is extremely proud to see the event enter its 14th year. “Wholesale is now much more than box shifting – it’s about educating our customers so that they understand the latest category plans, insights and offer tangible value to their customers. It gives the group immense satisfaction that, over the years, we have helped over 5,000 retailers raise their store standards and develop their offering to their customers through mutually beneficial partnerships with suppliers.”

Younus continues, “Understanding the continuous shift in the retail landscape and how retailers can expand the commercial opportunities is a key part of Bestway’s commitment to our customers. Each year the Bestway Retail Development scheme increases in stature with a growing number of retailers attending. This proves that we are doing the right thing in investing to improve their skill set.”

The Seminars will take place at the following venues with accommodation provided by Bestway for attendees:

Leeds Marriott – 19th & 20th March

Procter & Gamble, Weybridge – 7th & 8th May

Marriott Dalmahoy, Edinburgh – 11th & 12th June

Application forms are available at local Bestway or Batley depots, online at


or by emailing


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