Each year, at its annual retail exhibition and gala dinner, Nisa recognises members who have demonstrated examples of retailing excellence within the last year. On the 4th April at NAEC Stoneleigh in Warwickshire, attendees were dazzled with a spectacular 70s themed awards evening and gala dinner hosted by veteran DJ Tony Blackburn, which celebrated Nisa’s 40 years in the retail industry.
The evening saw Milestone Nisa Extra, Rathfriland presented with the award for Store of the Year (over 3,000 sq. ft.), and Stevenson of Oxbridge took home the award for Store of the Year (1,500-3,000 sq. ft.) Phoenix Stores were awarded the accolade for Store of the Year (under 1,500 sq. ft.) and the new Heritage Store of the Year award, which celebrates retailers who actively champion Nisa’s own label, was presented to Global Wines (UK) Ltd.
In addition to this, two Making a Difference Locally awards were dedicated to retailers who have made a significant difference to their local community. Westcross Supermarket picked up the award for Making a Difference Locally Community Champion for their positive impact on the community, including their continued fundraising efforts for the neonatal unit at Singleton Hospital in Swansea.
The MADL Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community Award was presented to The Proudfoot Group, who to date have donated almost £36,000 to local causes through Making a Difference Locally, in addition to regularly holding community events and raising money for local good causes through their own fundraising activities. Both MADL award winners were subsequently awarded £2,500 to donate to local causes through their Making a Difference Locally funds.
One Nisa employee was also acknowledged on the evening for her long-term commitment to the business with the Nisa Long Service Award. Carol Townsley was recognised with the award for her four-decade-long career with Nisa, which began when the company was first formed.
Finally, a number of suppliers were also acknowledged for their exceptional levels of service to the business.