ACS announces entries open for Raj Aggarwal Trophy

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to submit their entries for a new trophy marking the legacy of independent retailer Raj Aggarwal. The trophy will be awarded to retailers who have been exceptional in community retailing and helping their fellow retailers.

Applications are welcome from any convenience store operator, independent retailers and managers of multiple-owned outlets.

To enter, applicants must submit a short film (maximum of 5 minutes), which will show:
> What they have done in the past year to support their local community
> What they have done in the past year to support fellow retailers

The judges are: Sunita Aggarwal, Raj’s wife; Jonathan James – Managing Director – James Convenience Retail; Avtar Sidhu – Owner – Budgens Kenilworth; and James Lowman – Chief Executive – ACS.

The films will be judged using the following criteria:
> Engagement of colleagues in conceiving and delivering activity
> Impact on local community
> Sustainability of activity
> Overall work to support other retailers

Entries must be received by Sarah C Johnson at ACS by Monday 13 September.

ACS chief executive James Lowman (pictured) said, “Raj was the epitome of a community-minded retailer and greatest supporter of fellow community retailers. We announced the Raj Aggarwal Trophy in his honour at last year’s Heart of the Community conference and are pleased to welcome entries to its first ever award.

“This award provides the opportunity to celebrate retailers who have been shining examples of community retailing and we look forward to receiving your entries.”

Two finalists and the ultimate winner will be invited to attend ACS’ Heart of the Community conference in October, where the winner will be announced at an exclusive parliamentary reception.