Six NFRN retailers are in with a chance of winning the Boost Drinks Local Legend award which will be announced tonight (Thursday, November 18) at the soft drinks company’s 20th-anniversary celebration party. A top prize of £20,000 is up for grabs.
Richard Kent, Nico Ali, Julie Kaur, Edith Smyth, Asiyah Javed, and Susan Connolly have all been shortlisted.
Independent retailers and their customers flocked to enter The Local Legends competition, all highlighting how and why they go ‘above and beyond to help their customers.
A panel of judges made up of industry experts, senior stakeholders within Boost, and the NFRN’s vice president Jason Birks selected the 20 top applications who have been invited to Boost’s 20th-anniversary party.
The overall winner will receive £20,000, which they are free to spend as they wish. Second place will receive £2,000, with third place taking home £1,000.
Similar to the NFRN’s Shop Local Shop Little Heroes awards, the Local Legends competition was created to reward independent retailers for the hard work they do for their local communities. It was also designed to celebrate the brand’s year-on-year growth and thank the local convenience channel for their continued support over the years.
The full shortlist can be found below:
Swarti Rabadia from GoLocal in Leigh
Richard Kent from Evington Village Store Ltd trading as Nisa Local in Evington
Nikhil Patel from Stevenlee Food and News in London
Asiyah Asiyah Javed from Forsyth Licensed Grocer in Stenhousemuir, Falkirk
Tahir (Nico) Ali from Top Shop in Jarrow
Julie Kaur from Jules Convenience Store in Hadley
Dilmeet Singh Gaba from Londis Gerrards Cross in Denham, Bucks
Dimitar Zhelyazkov from DNMNA LTD
Divyeshkumar Shantilal Patel from Tower Stores Wallasey
Edith Smyth from Keystore in Paisley
Mike Sohal from Dallam Stores in Warrington
Engin Aslan from King Food & Wine in London
Qaiser Mahmood from Da Shop in Cheadle
Aaron Bleach from Premier Sandford Stores in Somerset
Amrit Kaur Mann from Mann Newsagents in Birmingham
Susan Connolly from Spar Pennings Road in Tidworth Hampshire
Bob Singh from Nisa Barmston in Tyne and Wear
Caroline Belsham from Maxwell’s in Manchester
Inoka Samaraweera Dewge from Saints Supermarket Ltd in Liverpool
Dilip Odedra from Nisa Ravenshead in Nottingham