SPAR UK wins big at the 2023 Retail Industry Awards

October 6, 2023 IN THE CATEGORY: Awards and prizes

The 2023 Retail Industry Awards on 19 September saw an incredible 13 wins and 10 Highly Commended awards going to SPAR and EUROSPAR stores across the UK.

The Retail Industry Awards are recognised by many as a spotlight for convenience, grocery retail, independent retailers, and entrepreneurial excellence. They are designed to bring together the UK’s most dynamic and innovative convenience and retail businesses.

Finalists and winners

In total, there were 51 finalists from SPAR and EUROSPAR stores across the UK, earning 13 wins and 10 highly commended awards.

Henderson Retail took three prestigious awards: Community Retailer of the Year – Multiple; Convenience Retailer of the Year – Regional; and Forecourt Retailer of the Year – Multiple.

Individual category award wins also went to:

  • Chilled retailer of the year – Independent: Lynch’s EUROSPAR Greysteel, Co Derry
  • Diversity, equality & inclusion – Independent: SPAR Southport, Merseyside
  • Forecourt retailer of the year – Company owned: EUROSPAR Hillcrest, Portrush, Co Antrim
  • Fresh produce retailer of the year – Independent over 3,001sqft: SPAR Castlederg, Co Tyrone
  • Independent retailer of the year – 3,001sqft to 6,000sqft: EUROSPAR Creightons of Balmoral, Belfast
  • Post Office retailer of the year – Company owned: SPAR Mallusk, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim
  • Store Manager of the year – Multiple: Samuel McCann, SPAR Malone Road, Belfast
  • Store Team of the Year – Company owned: EUROSPAR Doagh, Co Antrim
  • Tobacco retailer of the year – Independent: Lynch’s EUROSPAR Skeoge, Derry, Co Derry

SPAR UK was crowned with the prestigious Symbol/Franchise Group of the Year award.

SPAR UK success

On winning at the awards, Ian Taylor, SPAR UK Retail Director, said: “Huge congratulations to all our SPAR and EUROSPAR retailers and stores who were finalists and winners at the 2023 Retail Industry Awards. We are also particularly delighted to win the Symbol/Franchise Group of the Year award.

“There isn’t a better time to recognise this achievement and highlight the great retailers, partners, people, and stores through our entire organisation. As a symbol group, the SPAR family is at the heart of everything we do. We are passionate about providing shoppers with a great place to shop, our colleagues with a great place to work and we will continue to strive to be the best local, community, convenience retailers and the leading symbol group in the UK.”

Source: SPAR UK

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The United Kingdom became a SPAR member in 1956 when SPAR International granted the SPAR licence to a group of independent wholesalers. There are five regional organisations in the UK, continually building the brand’s presence. A central office in London provides national marketing and buying services for the group. SPAR UK comprises independently owned, licensed, retailers and company-owned stores.

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