We’re at the starting grid for the launch of the Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards 2013. The awards are the showcase for the petrol retailing industry recognising and rewarding those businesses at the leading edge of their profession that continue to thrive in an increasingly competitive world.
The awards are a measure of the high operating standards and entrepreneurial skills demonstrated by petrol retailers nationwide, who set the standards to which others aspire. They don’t have to be the biggest but they are judged to be the best. Does your site have star quality? You’ll never know if you don’t enter! As in the film of this year’s theme ’The Italian Job’, it’s a race for gold.
The 2013 awards
Regardless of ownership or operational status, the main retailer categories will be grouped by two main criteria region and fuel volume.
Retailers can compete for the high-status title of being the Best Forecourt Retailer in one of six regions:
2. Northern Ireland
3. Northern England
5. West Country & Wales
6. London & the South East
Small forecourts will have their own category, so they no longer have to compete with the giants in the industry.
There will be two volume categories up to 2.5mpla and over 2.5mpla.
There will be two winners in each region representing the two volume categories.
The overall Forecourt Trader of the Year winner will be chosen from the 12 regional winners.
Why you should enter
The chance to enjoy a great night out at the awards dinner at the Park Lane Hilton in London on Thursday September 19, 2013.
A great opportunity to network with friends, colleagues and like-minded retailers as well as oil company executives, suppliers and other key business contacts.
Enjoy the prestige of being part of the industry event of the year.
As a winner you are able to use the Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards logo in-store and on marketing material to help impress your customers.
Winners in all categories also benefit from coverage and publicity within the Forecourt Trader magazine and on our awards website www.forecourttraderawards.co.uk.
In addition to the main retailer awards, all retailers can submit entries for the following specialist categories:
Best Site with a Licence to sell Alcohol
Best Car Care & Lubricants Outlet
Best Design & Development
Best Display of Chilled Food
Best Customer Service
Best Environmentally Friendly Outlet
Best Food to Go Outlet
Best Forecourt Facilities
Best Hot Beverages Outlet
Best Site Manager
Best Soft Drinks Outlet
Best Tobacco Display
How to enter
Online: go to the awards website www.forecourttraderawards.co.uk. Follow the instructions to submit your entry.
By post: you can also download an entry pack from www.forecourttraderawards.co.uk.
Send your completed entry form and photos to: Rebecca George, Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards 2013, William Reed Business Media, Broadfield Park, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9RT.
For further information call Rebecca George on 01293 610422 or email her at email@example.com
Make sure you get your entries in by the deadline: Friday May 17, 2013.
Watch out for tips on how to be a winner in next month’s issue essential reading for those aiming for the top award.
Our big thanks go to this year’s sponsors, without whom the awards would not be possible, particularly Palmer & Harvey, our principal sponsor. We would also like to welcome new sponsor JTI.
Convenience Distribution Group
Palmer & Harvey
Past Award winners year
David Charman 1996
Jonathan & Rebecca James2003
Peter & Pat Bellini2004
Hugh & Robert Fraser2007
Philip & Lesley Tout2008
Bhupa, lata & jay gohil2010
mohsin & zuber issa2011
jeremy symonds & nick lloyd2012