Saleem’s our star

RETAILER Saleem Sadiq was named winner of the Scottish Grocer Industry Achievement Award, presented in association with Glen’s Vodka, at the end of a spectacular evening of Scottish Grocer Awards at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel.

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Saleem Sadiq, Spar Renfrew, right, with the 2016 Scottish Grocer Industry Achievement Award, presented by Colin Matthews, left, chief executive of Loch Lomond Group, which owns the award sponsor brand Glen’s Vodka.

Saleem, who runs the large Spar store in Renfrew’s Paisley Road, came to Scotland from Pakistan as a child in the mid nineteen-sixties and has worked in the wider family business, which he now runs with his brothers, since he graduated from university. With his team in Renfrew he has turned the Spar store into one of the most awarded shops in Britain, one that has been frequently upgraded and is about to become the first Spar new concept store in Scotland.

There were also impressive double victories for both the McLeish shop in Inverurie and Wallyford Day-Today in Wallyford, East Lothian.

Alistair McGowan stand up A22Other winners, on a night hosted by comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan (pictured), included stores in Alyth, Ayr, Balloch, Biggar, Blantyre, Dundee, Forfar, Glasgow, Inverurie, Motherwell, Musselburgh, and Whitburn.

• All the news and pictures of our retail stars, and of the Scottish convenience retail industry event of the year, in our Awards special – starting on page 34.