Parfetts has recognised the best of independent retail in its annual Retailer Awards, which took place at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester on 7 December.

The innovation, professionalism and commitment to local communities of retailers were celebrated, with judges noting the huge effort they had made through the pandemic to support customers.

The awards recognised a retailer for each of its operating regions alongside a newcomer of the year, community award, most improved, retail execution of the year and digital innovation.

The regional winners on the night included; Nitin Limbani of Go Local Extra in Sunderland, Bay Bashir of Go Local Belle Vue in Middlesbrough, Robert Cooper of Go Local in Holywell and Simrun Badh of Go Local Extra in Sheffield.

For the first time, retailers in the East and West Midlands were recognised with Jeyanand Sivapalan of Go Local Extra in Derby and Rizwan Rafiq of Go Local Extra in Stoke, respectively taking the honours.

Haydn Hicks, from The Local in Ulverston, was named newcomer of the year, and Sasi Patel of Go Local Extra in Oldham received the community award. In addition, Priyesh Vekaria from Go Local Extra in Manchester was recognised for digital innovation of the year.

The most improved store was awarded to Nathan Thiru of Go Local in Runcorn, while retail execution of the year went to Parfull Kumar of Go Local Extra in Manchester.

Commenting on the awards, Guy Swindell, joint managing director of Parfetts, said: “Our retailers worked hard throughout the pandemic to support their communities and underline the importance of the convenience sector. The standard of the winners this year is truly impressive, and we are proud to recognise the best of retail in our awards.

“As we continue to accelerate our growth and expand our footprint across the UK, we are investing record amounts in our people, technology and service to ensure our retailers continue to have the support they need to succeed.”

The event was hosted by Rory Bremner and saw 450 retailers and suppliers celebrate the convenience sector.

Parfetts operates the fast-growing Go Local fascia with over 850 stores and one of the largest retail clubs with over 4,500 members. It operates across the North, Midlands and Wales through a national logistics network, digital channels and seven wholesale depots.

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