The 2022 Convenience Awards are now open for nominations.
Celebrating the entire industry, there are 14 self-registration categories up for grabs, and retailers will need to decide which is best for their business.
The majority of self-registration categories are open to all types of retailers – unaffiliated, managed, or part of a symbol group. If you own or manage a convenience store, take a look at the categories below and see what works for you and your team.
Presented by ConvenienceStore.co.uk, Lumina Intelligence and The Grocer, the Convenience Awards will take place on Tuesday 13 September at The Londoner Hotel, Leicester Square. The deadline for registration is April 11.
Rising Star of the Year in Convenience
The Convenience Rising Star Award is open to retailers of all ages who opened their first store or became managers within the past three years. In addition to looking at sales results and customer engagement, the judging panel will be looking for examples of innovation from entrants, particularly in taking a fresh approach to any retail challenge. Sales, staff development and community engagement are also key considerations for this category.
Enter the Rising Star of the Year in Convenience
A new award for 2022 – Community Initiative of the Year recognizes an idea or initiative led by a team of retailers/stores that has helped their local community. Have you helped your community a lot? Have you found a new idea to help groups near you? We want to hear from you. Entries should show how the store team identified a particular issue in their community and worked to help solve/overcome it.
Take part in the community initiative of the year
Community Retailer of the Year is open to retailers who care about their region and want to use all the resources at their disposal to help it. Judges evaluated entries based on knowledge of issues affecting communities and how they helped address them, how they forged connections beyond the traditional retailer/customer relationship, investments in the region and working with local charities.
Enter Community Retailer of the Year
Take-Out Food Store of the Year
The Food to Go Store of the Year category celebrates stores with a compelling on-the-go food offering, including sandwiches, hot meals, impulse meals and on-the-go drinks. The judging panel focuses on sales, waste management, marketing and innovation, as well as how stores manage different dining occasions throughout the day to create a comprehensive offering that meets all needs.
Enter the Food to Go Store of the Year
Sales Colleague of the Year
This is a unique opportunity to share the fantastic work done by team members who go the extra mile to help their local communities, raise money for national/local charities and show a spirit impressive business ideas by suggesting profit-generating ideas.
Judges rate contestants on how well they provided excellent customer service that went beyond “selling”; that they have responsibilities in the business that make them essential to the store; experience mentoring others in the business and evidence of successful fundraising activities they have created and run.
Enter Sales Colleague of the Year
Sustainable Retailer of the Year
Applications are assessed based on sustainability initiatives that have been introduced in the last 12 months and evidence of their results; how sustainability within the company is communicated to customers; investment in sustainability throughout the store, including technology, training and range.
Enter the Sustainability Retailer of the Year
New Store/Refit of the Year
This award is open to stores that have opened from scratch, or reopened after a major renovation, in calendar year 2021. This award will be given to the store that, in the opinion of the judges, is the best example of ‘a modern convenience store and is open to stores of all sizes and ownership structures.
Enter the new store / refit of the year
Customer Delivery Store of the Year
This award recognizes retailers who have implemented a successful delivery service that performs the dual function of serving communities and driving sales. Applications are evaluated based on evidence of a successful service that was created or significantly expanded in 2021, including sales growth, upselling, community outreach, and customer communication.
Enter the Customer Delivery Store of the Year
Among the self-registration categories, there are four main awards that have specific criteria. One of the winners of these four categories will be crowned Convenience Retailer of the Year.
Independent convenience store of the year
The Independent Convenience Store of the Year category is open to individual stores or those that are part of a group of nine or fewer stores under the same owner, operating under a symbol or under the retailer’s own brand and measuring between 1,500 and 3 000 square feet. Nominations are evaluated based on sales growth, investment, customer engagement and general standards.
Enter the independent convenience store of the year
Major convenience store of the year
The Large Convenience Store of the Year category is open to any store with more than 3,000 square feet of retail space, regardless of retail ownership or brand. Entries are evaluated based on sales growth, examples of business investment, key categories, store standards, use of technology and customer engagement.
Enter the great convenience store of the year
Multi-Management Convenience Store of the Year
The Multiple Managed Convenience Store of the Year category is open to stores that are part of a group of 10 or more under the same owner, or any store marketing under a retail brand under a franchise program of 1,500 at 3,000 square feet. Cut. Entries are judged on sales growth, overall standards, customer engagement and points of difference.
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Small convenience store of the year
The Small Convenience Store of the Year category is open to any store with less than 1,500 square feet of retail space, regardless of retail ownership or brand. Nominations are evaluated based on sales growth, investments, customer engagement, technology and digital usage, additional services and high store standards.
Enter the convenience store of the year
In addition to the 14 self-registration categories, there are also seven fellowships. Rewards for Convenience Store Fascias/Groups are calculated using the UK’s largest study of convenience store consumers, the Lumina Intelligence Convenience Tracker Program. Built from analysis of over 50,000 races per year, shoppers were asked to rate their shopping experience on a range of different KPIs, including range, availability, ease of purchase and staff friendliness. These awards recognize the best in convenience in the eyes of shoppers.
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