In association with Topps Match Attax

Best New Store of the Year

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  • How did you work effectively with others over the planning, project management and design of the new store?
  • What were your original goals and targets in terms of providing an enhanced shopping experience and ensuring an efficient, effective store set-up?
  • What fresh ideas have you introduced that makes your new store stand out from its more established competitors?
In association with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Best Soft Drinks Retailer of the Year

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  • How does your range cater for current trends, like the growth of zero sugar options, and provide shoppers with a wide choice of soft drinks?
  • What do you do in store to alert shoppers to the presence of soft drinks, latest innovation and promotions, including cross-category deals?
  • How do your displays make an impact and make it easy for customers to find what they want?
In association with Hovis

Community Retailer of the Year

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  • How have you supported or participated in local activities, projects and groups, particularly in areas such as wellbeing, social cohesion, culture and the environment?
  • How have you introduced your local community to wider industry programmes from which they can benefit (such as the Healthy Living Programme)?
  • Can you provide examples of how you have given time, expertise and advice to community projects and activities?
In association with Scottish Grocer

Employee of the Year

  • Tell us your employee’s full name, role in the business and history in the store.
  • What are your reasons for the nomination? Tell us what makes your employee special.
  • Give us examples of their enthusiasm, dedication and hard work for the job, the business, and the customers it serves.
In association with JTI

Entrepreneur Award

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  • Explain why you think you have outstanding market knowledge and consumer insight.
  • Demonstrate how you have a forward-looking attitude to commercial risk and have been willing to invest in your ideas.
  • Tell us what makes you a great leader, motivator, and decision-maker with the flexibility to re-evaluate situations when necessary.
In association with Scottish Grocer

Impulse Retailer of the Year

  • How do you optimise your displays to ensure customers are more likely to make unplanned purchases?
  • What do you do to site your impulse buys in a way that will increase overall basket spend?
  • What do you consider when it comes to building the impulse range and how does this reflect customer demand or encourage a trade-up?
In association with Booker

Independent Retailer of the Year

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  • How have you developed your store and service in recent years to face up to your rivals?
  • What do you do to develop and train your staff and so create employee loyalty?
  • What community activities are you involved in and how do you get your message across to the local community?
In association with Swan by Republic Technologies UK

Industry Achievement Award

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  • Explain how you have achieved substantial commercial success in the wider business world through exceptional vision and business understanding.
  • Give us evidence of how you have provided valuable insight and growth throughout the industry and have demonstrated outstanding commitment to relationships with others in the convenience sector.
  • What innovative approach have you taken that has either radically changed an established practice, or introduced a new practice, for the benefit of the industry as a whole?
In association with CVH Spirits

Licensed Retailer of the Year

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  • What makes your range and display of alcohol stand out and meet customer needs?
  • How do you make use of promotional activity throughout the year?
  • How do you keep on top of market developments, staff training and compliance?
In association with Britvic

Sustainability Champion

  • What action have you taken to become a more eco-friendly business?
  • What have you done to educate yourselves, staff and customers about the latest sustainability practices?
  • What evidence can you provide to show that your sustainability efforts are bringing benefits to both your business and/or the environment?
In association with Barr Soft Drinks

Symbol Store of the Year

  • What have you done to ensure you consistently meet the standards expected by the symbol group, including staff training?
  • How do you use new technology and promotions to target convenience/top-up shopper missions?
  • What marketing and communication activity do you carry out to make sure your offering is tailored to suit local needs?
In association with IQOS by Philip Morris

The Innovation Award

  • What new ideas, products, services, training, working practices or customer engagement have you introduced?
  • How have you made good use of equipment and materials, including technology?
  • What have been the positive results for your business because of your effective new thinking and changes?
In association with Imperial Brands

Tobacco Retailer of the Year

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  • What steps have you taken to ensure your range always meets the latest trends and needs of your local adult smokers?
  • What have you done to ensure availability of tobacco products is maintained at all times and properly merchandised in store?
  • How have you used your category knowledge to grow your tobacco sales?
  • What actions have you taken to ensure you and your staff understand the legislation and compliance aspects around selling tobacco?
In association with BAT United Kingdom

Vaping Retailer of the Year

  • How does your range reflect customer demands and the latest category trends?
  • What have you done to create an eye-catching, easily navigable display of vaping products?
  • How do you engage with customers and demonstrate your product knowledge with consumers?