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The winners of Bestway Wholesale’s Retail Development Awards (RDA’s) 2019 were revealed last night (Thursday 17th October 2019), at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London.

The awards recognised outstanding achievements and business successes from independent and best-one Symbol Group retailers up and down the country.

The event saw a 400-strong audience of independent retailers, members of the best-one Symbol Group and Bestway Wholesale’s Xtra Local Retail club, as well as key industry suppliers, gather together to recognise the achievements.

The annual Retail Development programme is the only programme of its kind. Exclusive to Bestway Wholesale customers and best-one Symbol Group members, the programme gives independent retailers the opportunity to attend a seminar offering advice and guidance on how to best meet their customers’ needs and a trade show where they see new products from suppliers first hand. Retailers are then given six months to implement the learnings in their store to help drive sales before they have the chance to enter the Awards and potentially win a share of a total prize fund worth over £50,000.

Dawood Pervez, Managing Director at Bestway Wholesale, says: “Independent retailers are facing heavy competition from multiples and other high street rivals; by no means are the achievements we see at these awards easily done. They are the result of hard work, dedication and unwavering vision on each retailer’s business goals.

“For many, making bold decisions, investing in their stores and keeping their shoppers and local communities at the heart of what they do, has seen their businesses transform in just a year. Every year, I am inspired and in awe of what some of our retailers manage to achieve.”

The 2019 winners are a mix of best-one and independent retailers. They are:

National Winner

Asif Sardar, best-one Coltness, Wishaw, Motherwell 

best-one National Winner

Barry and Alison Thomas, BJ Thomas Newsagents, Doncaster 

Southern Winner

Gareth Jones, JJ’s Convenience Store, Gilfach, Bargoed 

Northern Winner

Hardeep Singh Nahal, Pedmore Convenience Store, Pedmore, Stourbridge 

Scottish Winner

Donna and Bruce Morgan, Brownlies, Biggar 


Shad Saleem, Plessy News and Poets Corner, Blyth 

Soft Drinks

Hitesh Karsan, Hathershaw Mini Market, Oldham 

Beer & Cider

Asif Sardar, best-one Coltness, Wishaw 


Bobby Mann, best-one Stainbeck, Leeds 

Crisps & Snacks

Ijaz Ahmed, Falcon Food Express, Bethnal Green, London 

General Grocery

Sivananthan Kandasamy, best-one Ongar Supermarket, Ongar 

Household, Health and Beauty

Alkesh Pankhania, best-one Sunbury, Sunbury-on-Thames 

Pet Food

Sagir Hasham, Mr Booze Express, Derby 

Baby Food

Tony Openshaw, Masefield News, Stanley, Durham 

Wines & Spirits

Donna and Bruce Morgan, Brownlies, Biggar 


Mr Lewis Prager, Wakefield 

Chilled Provisions & Dairy

Manish Patel, best-one, Leeds 


N Soni, Thrifties, Broughton

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