As a third generation shopkeeper, Nishi Patel has experienced first hand the ever-changing local retail scene. The 2021 Convenience Conference Rising Star of the Year finalist, Nishi and his family have owned bricks and mortar shops for over 40 years.
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Winner of the 2019 IWC Northern Ireland Wine Merchant of the Year, KWM Wines & Spirits has a thriving online business and a “strong bricks and mortar presence” in Northern Ireland’s Kilkeel. Brought to life in 1994, owner Andrew Imrie has built up KWM Wines & Spirits with a strong focus on quality, customer satisfaction and impeccable staff knowledge, giving him a very “well-established reputation in the area”.
Located in Suffolk’s rural countryside, Clare Pharmacy is a family-run independent business with community at its heart. As part of the Alphega Pharmacy group, owner Nicholas Smith prides himself on constantly upholding a local, friendly service. After taking over his family’s business in 2007, Nick has built up a pharmacy dedicated not only to working with the NHS and other healthcare providers but also widening the store’s extensive range of health and beauty items.
Situated in the heart of Aberdeen, Grampian Health Store is an award-winning store founded by husband and wife team Catherine and Callum. Specialising in organic products as well as health and vitamin supplements, Grampian Health Store is an independent shop dedicated to promoting wellbeing to local Aberdeen residents.
Surrounded by magnificent countryside and moorland, The Ivybridge Bookshop is a recent addition to this bustling Devonshire town. With over 20 years experience working in bookshops in Hong Kong, Matt Steele decided that it was finally time to live out his bookseller dreams and return to Devon to open his own bookshop. On April 12th 2021, the dream turned into reality and The Ivybridge Bookshop opened its doors for the first time.
Located in the rural heart of Norfolk, Brundall Home Hardware is a treasure trove of over 9,500 products. After opening in 2005, Andrew and Alison have built up a local, independent and thriving community hub selling everything from cookware to ironmongery services to garden supplies.