Asian Media & Marketing Group will host the 29th Asian Trader Awards on Tuesday 21st November. The Asian Trader awards are without doubt the highlight of the year for the independent retailing industry and gathers all the key players together to recognise and reward the very best of independent retailing.
The commitment, expertise and hard work of the UK's independent retailers to improve their store offerings has resulted in the convenience channel enjoying growth once again this year. Convenience is where consumers want to shop and independent retailers have been quick to respond to this trend and take retailing to the next level. Independent retailers have experienced a challenging economic climate in recent years however their ability to manage and capitalise on shopping trends like the top-up shop and to improve their store layout has kept them ahead of the game. The real success of Independent retailing relies on the key qualities of customer service, being part of the local community and championing independent retailing. The multiples, of course, have also noticed this trend and have made in-roads into the high street with their own convenience and impulse formats but independent retailers should not fear this high street competition but learn from it and improve their store offering in the areas that the multiples cannot. The best advice I can give independent retailers is to keep on persevering, getting to know your customers and delivering their needs while working closely with wholesalers and suppliers. We at Asian Trader will continue to do all we can to help and support independent retailers.
The Asian Trader awards have always received a very high standard of entries and I encourage the UK's finest independent retailers to enter this year. The evening of the awards presents the opportunity to recognise and honour the cream of independent retailers and suppliers. It also provides the perfect environment to connect with old friends or industry colleagues and to network with senior suppliers, wholesalers and retailers in the convenience channel.
I look forward to welcoming you all on the night. May I take this opportunity to wish all the entrants to the Asian Trader Awards the very best of luck.
On the same day as the Awards we will be hosting the Asian Trader Conference - an event which will explore an exciting future for the sector.