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The Asian Trader of the Year is the most celebrated and coveted award in the independent retail sector. The winners of this award have done a huge amount over the years to raise standards and transform the fortunes of the Convenience sector. Only a retailer who goes the extra mile can take this trophy home.

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The award for Best Independent Retailer recognises an entrepreneur who has built a successful Convenience business. Offering a wide range of products, the winner will need to be an outstanding Convenience store which has seen spectacular results in both turnover and customer numbers.

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The Spirit of the Community Award will reward a store which is truly at the heart of its community. The winning store will need to go beyond the call of duty to help customers and the neighbourhood.

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The Best Impulse Retailer Award is for a shop which is exceptionally well merchandised and ensures all its ranges are immaculately displayed for maximum impact. The winner will provide outstanding customer service, offer promotions that are well executed with strong price points and will create excellent in-store theatre.

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This is another new and very timely award. It addresses the latest, most vital responsibility added those that storeowners already have. In addition to feeding the nation, they are on the front line of keeping it safe and healthy, often at the expense of their own well-being. Effective social distancing innovation was pioneered by independent retailers in their shops, and here we recognise their inventiveness and care.

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The Best Bakery Retailer Award is for a store with a beguiling bakery offering. The smell of freshly baked products makes a convenience store a pleasant place to be and tempts customers into a shop. Consequently, getting the in-store bakery right can give a business a massive boost.

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This award recognises the fast-paced nature of current developments in the Convenience sector, and identifies the innovators who have adapted best to the changing tastes and needs of their customers with delicious ready-to-eat foods and meals – as stores in the sector evolve into a multi-service community hubs.

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The pioneer generation of UK Convenience is now at or beyond retirement age, but their love of independent retail, their skill as merchandisers and their importance community figures, are often manifested in their daughters and sons who have carried on the in the trade. This award honours those who have best managed to prove that successful independent retail is indeed a family business with continuity across the generations.

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This is a new award that recognises how one of the major elements of independent retail revenue – namely tobacco sales – is threatened by ever-increasing prices, regulation and restrictions. The profitable and healthier vape and heat-not-burn alternative is now being adopted by who are nimble, enterprising store-owners who are educating their customers about vaping.

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The Asian Trader Manufacturer of the Year Award reflects the esteem readers of Asian Trader magazine have for suppliers and acknowledges the contribution manufacturers have made to our readers’ sales. Readers are invited to vote for the manufacturer who has best supported their business over the last year.

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The Asian Trader Best Wholesale Depot Award rewards the wholesale depot which best meets the needs of its customers. Operating in a highly competitive market, wholesalers have to work hard and with passion to increase their turnover and customer base.

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