The 2016 NFRN Awards took place on Wednesday 23 November at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London and this year’s event was even bigger and better than ever!

More than 400 people from all sectors of the industry were in attendance as the very best of our industry were honoured for their hard work, innovation and determination.

During the evening, hosted by LBC breakfast show presenter Nick Ferrari, 25 awards were presented including  five new categories – Newsagent of the Year, New Product Development of the Year, Brand Marketing Campaign of the Year, Symbol Group or Franchise of the Year and the WH Smith Local Franchisee of the Year.

Thanks to all our sponsors for their continued support. Without this, these Awards would never happen.

NFRN Awards reception

NFRN National President Ray Monelle and his wife Andrea in attendance with Immediate Past President Ralph Patel and his wife Urvashi

Brian Moses collects his NFRN Award

Newsagent of the Year: Brian Moses, who owns The Bookstall in Harrogate, picks up his award from Coca Cola’s Jim Fox and Nick Ferrari

Topps Collectable Product Retailer of the Year: winner

Topps Collectable Product Retailer of the Year: Steve Conner of sponsors Topps presents Dunbartonshire retailer Andrew Howell with his award

Nigel Evans MP collects NFRN Award

NFRN Retail Champion: Nigel Evans MP, who has campaigned to stub out the illicit tobacco trade, collects his award from NFRN CEO Paul Baxter

Guto Bebb MP collecting NFRN Award

NFRN Retail Champion: Guto Bebb MP was recognised for his continued support to independent retailers in the fight against retail crime. Mr Bebb would also be presented with a Fellowship of the NFRN Award later in the evening

Store2Door Service of the Year Award winner Yakuta Bhaiji

Congratulations to Yakuta Bhaiji of Harrogate Distribution for picking up the Store2Door Service of the Year Award. Yakuta is pictured with Liam Cagliarani of sponsors E-Pay

Community Retailer of the Year

Community Retailer of the Year: The award went to Kevin Martin of G A Jones & Son in Llandrindod Wells

Responsible Selling Retailer of the Year: winner

Responsible Selling Retailer of the Year: North Yorkshire retailer Bay Bashir, who runs the Belle Vue Convenience Store in Middlesbrough, collects his award from Jerry Margolis of sponsors Philip Morris International

Convenience Retailer of the Year: Peter McBride of McBrides in Co Tyrone accepts his award from Booker’s Steve Fox

Convenience Retailer of the Year: Peter McBride of McBrides in Co Tyrone accepts his award from Booker’s Steve Fox

Symbol Group of the Year winner

Symbol Group of the Year: NFRN Credit Union Director, Ralph Patel, presents the award to Martin Swadling of Booker Premier

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National Newspaper of the Year: Representatives from The Telegraph collect their award which was sponsored by Eye to Eye

Member of the Year award winner Ranjan Patel

Ranjan Patel was presented with the prestigious NFRN Member of the Year Award by National President Ray Monelle and Nick Ferrari

Find out more about the winners and view more pictures

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The Winners

Product of the Year
PMI – Chesterfield Cigarettes
Fellowship of the NFRN
Guto Bebb MP
Topps Collectable Product Retailer
Andrew Howell
New Product Development of the Year
Coca Cola Zero Sugar
News Wholesaler of the Year
Paul Latham (SN Newport)
Community Retailer of the Year
Kevin Martin
Supplier of the Year
NK Supply
Brand Marketing Campaign of the Year
Imperial Tobacco ‘Suspect It, Report It’
Regional Newspaper of the Year
Daily Post
Responsible Selling Retailer of the Year
Bay Bashir
NFRN Retail Champion
Guto Bebb MP
Special Services to the Industry
Gill Sherratt
NFRN Retail Champion
Nigel Evans MP
Lifetime Achievement Award
Mike Hopkins
NFRN Retail Champion
David Burrowes MP
Innovation of the Year
Trinity Mirror Regional Plus Scheme
Partworks Retailer of the Year
Rushik Parmar
Convenience Retailer of the Year
Peter McBride
NFRN Hero
PC Wayne Tommans-Porter
Magazine of the Year
National Enquirer
Newsagent of the Year
Brian Moses
Symbol Group of the Year
Booker Premier
Store2Door Service of the Year
Yakuta Bhaiji
WHSmith Local Franchisee of the Year
Jon Healings
Store2Door News Deliverer Award
William Beard
NFRN Member of the Year
Ranjan Patel
National Newspaper of the Year
The Telegraph

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners at this year’s NFRN Awards!

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