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Palmer and Harvey Retailer Awards

Community Retailer of the year, Kirdford Village Stores

The P&H Retailer Awards programme has been developed to recognise retailers who have made
outstanding industry contributions. The Awards are presented annually at the Gala Dinner, which takes place during our trade show Pro-retail, alongside prestigious P&H Supplier Awards. There are four awards:

  1. Community retailer of the year

  2. Convenience store of the year

  3. Forecourt of the year

  4. CTN of the year

Award winners receive £1000 of stock credits and have the opportunity to be featured throughout the year as part of ongoing celebrations of the Awards programme.

Award entry:

To qualify for entry you must have an active Palmer and Harvey wholesale retail account. 

2017 winners

The CTN of the year – KP Stationers (Ashley Kempson pictured)

KP Stationers have invested significantly in their store and despite fierce competition have gone from strength to strength.  The store has it’s own category team and hold regular category quizzes to make sure they are on top of their game. Since the introduction of epos they have seen their sales increase and even extended their product range to include  board games and toys after a small trial. Their strap line “At the heart of Wallingford since 1985” reflects their commitment to their local community and the high standards they maintain to support the local community they serve.

Forecourt of the year Rontec, Chimes Services (Mahendran Suriyakanthan pictured)

This site had a complete refurbishment in 2015 which incorporated a new a Food to Go area and Subway. They also fitted new internal fixtures and a new layout to enhance merchandising levels. All store staff have to complete customer service modules as well as having an extremely experienced and dedicated Training Team to help them along the way to ensure the deliver the highest customer service experience. With fuel sales up 3 percent and store sales up 12 percent this store is a deserved winner.

Convenience Store of the Year, The Corner Stores, Mildenhall, (Craig and Susan Warren pictured)

The convenience market continues to be competitive and to win this award, retailers really have to stand out and this winning retailer certainly did that. The Corner Stores keeps up to date with market trends and shopping habits through trade press and Palmer and Harvey collateral. Always looking to improve, this store installed a new soft serve ice cream machine to differentiate themselves from the local competition. With sales increasing by a staggering 103% over the last year, this previous P&H retailer of the month and P&H community of the year winner continues to support the local under 16’s football side to help give something back to the community that they serve.

Community Retailer of the year, Kirdford Village Stores (Craig Ramus pictured)

This winning retailer really has to demonstrate their passion and desire to go above and beyond for their local community. Kirdford Village Stores is a community owned initiative that has been trading for 7 years, with sales going from strength to strength. People employed from the local area range from the age of 13 to 65. They believe in finding roles for all age groups. Youngsters employed by the store also take an active role in their communities whilst  working towards their Duke of Edinburgh awards. Hosting planting activity days at a near-by orchard customers can plant apple trees they will eventually sell the apples in the shop. Also a sponsor of the local cricket team, this store blew us away with how much they support and give back to the community.

2016 winners 

Community retailer of the year - Julie Atkinson, Hollins Green Community Shop

Convenience store of the year- Colin Mullins, CDC Buying Group Clifton

Forecourt of the year - Aravinthan Ragu, Magor Services

CTN of the year - Vance Potter, Peberday News.