KPMG has hired Nick Ivel, the former group chief executive of Costcutter Supermarkets, as a consultant to advise the firm’s clients on their convenience store strategy.

During Ivel’s 14-year tenure at Costcutter the annual turnover of the group increased from £198m to £650m.

David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG said: “With numerous players in the convenience store sector all chasing the same sliver of market share, the time is ripe for further consolidation in the market. I am delighted to be able to lean on Nick’s extensive experience to guide and advise our clients on their future strategy in this crowded market place. We are expecting to see transaction levels spike again in this sector.”

Ivel said: “This is a very exciting and changing sector, with a lot of consolidation still to happen. Costcutter’s recently announced joint venture with Palmer and Harvey is simply the tip of the iceberg and I expect to see many other players considering a similar strategy.”