Four of our members took home trophies after the 2021 Asian Trader Awards ceremony which took place in London earlier this week.
They were Julie Kaur, of Jules Convenience Store in Telford; Lewis Prager, of Best One Preens in Wakefield; Aman Uppall, of One Stop in Coventry; and Amit Puntambekar of Ash’s Store in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire.
Now in their 32nd year, the Asian Trader Awards recognise excellence in retailing. This year’s ceremony took place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel in London on Tuesday (November 30).
Adding to an already impressive collection of awards, including the recent Boost Local Legend, Julie Kaur was presented with Asian Trader Spirit of the Community award, sponsored by Mondelez, which celebrates a store which is truly at the heart of its community, going beyond the call of duty to help customers and the neighbourhood.
Julie received this accolade for her “tireless support for the local community and her enthusiasm for fund raising” which has seen her raising thousands of pounds for charities, including Age UK, Severn Hospice, Children With Cancer and the Ratcliffe Fund.
Lewis Prager’s pragmatic and careful approach to selling alcohol was the reason why he was named Responsible Retailer Award.
At Ash’s store in Cambs, tobacco accounts for 20 per cent of its turnover and is a key footfall driver. To satisfy demand and to ensure high levels of availability, Amit received two deliveries of tobacco a week. Not surprisingly, he was crowned Tobacco Retailer of the Year.
Meanwhile, noticing that the nearest vape shop was over two miles away, Aman Uppal decided to reduce the size of his cigarette gantry to provide space for a vape counter. His vape sales are now between four to five times higher than his tobacco sales, which remain unaffected by this move. For this, Aman was named Vape Convenience Retailer of the Year.
According to Asian Trader, the level of entries was so high that with the judges’ decisions were some of the hardest in the competition’s 32-year history.