PARTNERING FOR SUCCESS
Guy Pulham, manager, regional sales at JET, says: â€œ2014 marks JETâ€™s 60th anniversary, so what better way to bring our year of celebrations towards a close than by supporting an event that sees some of the UKâ€™s biggest and most successful names in the independent forecourt retailing come togetherâ€.
Retailâ€™s Best is a new concept in business networking events. Its unique ingredient is that itâ€™s run â€˜by retailers, for retailersâ€™. Retailâ€™s Best was created by independent retailer, Moiz Vas, whose family runs two c-stores and one garage forecourt in and around the Norfolk village of Coltishall. Having run a series of successful â€˜customer nightsâ€™ for suppliers, Vas saw the opportunity to create his own brand of events, developing closer ties between operators and owners and the companies that supply their equipment and the goods they sell.
The first Retailâ€™s Best event in May this year saw Gulf, Londis, MICROS and Tokheim working together in partnership, in a non-competitive environment, to share ideas, drive innovation and grow their businesses. This first event succeeded in attracting a high profile guest list of some 200 retailers, representing a total of over 700 sites and accounting for 50% of the top 50 independent forecourt retailers in the UK. Add to that the official support of the Petrol Retailerâ€™s Association (PRA) and Retailâ€™s Best Forecourt Partners proved to be the perfect model for success.