Newton newsagent is top of the shops

Simply Local, Newton-Le-Willows, owned by Jas Bhattle has been nominated in the Merchandising category of  the Independent Achievers Academy (IAA).
Simply Local, Newton-Le-Willows, owned by Jas Bhattle has been nominated in the Merchandising category of the Independent Achievers Academy (IAA).

A borough store has been recognised in a shortlist of the UK’s best independent news and convenience stores.

Simply Local, based in Newton-le-Willows, owned by Jas Bhattle, has been nominated in the merchandising category of the awards organised by The Independent Achievers Academy (IAA), owned and managed by Newtrade.

Local news and convenience stores across the UK are investing more, adapting quicker and finding new and exciting ways to cater for a diverse and changing customer base

Nick Shanagher, managing director of Newtrade

Currently there are 51,524 news and convenience stores in mainland UK. The sector as a whole is now worth £37.7bn, a growth of five per cent on 2014. Collectively, independent news and convenience stores contribute £5bn to the UK economy.

Nick Shanagher, managing director of Newtrade, said: “Local news and convenience stores across the UK are investing more, adapting quicker and finding new and exciting ways to cater for a diverse and changing customer base.

“Whether it’s supporting their local communities in a way that also drives footfall; working with organisations such as the police to lead responsible practice or using technology to both improve efficiency and market in-store promotions, these stores are the current and future stars of convenience retailing.

“The North West’s top stores have been selected following a rigorous evaluation process, which includes the largest mystery shopper assessment in the programme’s history, to ensure they are dedicated to serving the region’s 21st century customer.”

Every year the IAA compiles a shortlist of 100 of the top performers in the sector are identified and each of the top performers are then awarded against the final 12 categories.

The shortlist was announced at the Local Shop Summit (LSS), a conference where convenience retailers from across the country convene to discuss and debate real issues facing their business.

Twelve winners as well as an overall champion will be announced at the prestigious IAA Gala Dinner in London on November 30.