The 30th Asian Trader Awards will be hosted by Asian Media Group on Tuesday 20th November. Bringing together all the movers and shakers from the grocery industry to acknowledge and salute the UK's top independent retailers, the Asian Trader Awards undoubtedly retain a high spot on the retail calendar.
Our second annual Asian Trader Conference will be taking place before the awards ceremony. The conference aims to give independent retailers the tools they need to deal with a rapidly changing grocery marketplace. Some of the most experienced figures in the grocery industry will provide unique and valuable insights, helping retailers run successful businesses and create profitable enterprises which can be passed down to the next generation.
The perseverance, ingenuity and willingness of independent retailers to constantly improve their stores is what keeps the convenience sector moving forward. With consumers no longer doing the big weekly shop, the convenience channel is the home of the 'little and often' shopping mission. Independent retailers have met this need by providing a professional shopping experience for today's consumer. Weathering the storm of a challenging economic climate, independents have maintained their high standards by working on store layout, training staff to provide a professional service, and providing new products and services. The independent store is at the heart of the community, providing a friendly and personal service, with many retailers knowing their customers by name. Although the multiples have tried to muscle into the high street with their own convenience formats, independents should not fear this competition but rather learn from it and improve their stores in ways the multiples cannot. Independents are advised to keep doing what they do best, providing excellent customer service while partnering with wholesalers and suppliers. Asian Trader will keep doing everything it can to support independent retailers.
We encourage Britain’s best retailers to enter the Asian Trader Awards this year. Our awards have consistently received a very high standard of entries, allowing us to honour the very best independent retailers and suppliers. The awards are also a chance to meet up with old friends and colleagues and make connections with suppliers, wholesalers and convenience retailers.
We look forward to welcoming you all on the night. The very best of luck to all entrants of the 2018 Asian Trader Awards.