“Engaging with your local community is the route to success,” says award winning convenience retailer, Rav Garcha. As the organisers of NCS, we wanted to make that route easier for you to take.
A handful of lucky retailers received a little extra financial help to plan some truly spectacular community get-togethers thanks to the National Convenience Show Community Fund. Apply for the Community Fund 2013 here.Here are some of the events that benefited:
Budgens retailer Guy Warner planned a poster competition for the three primary schools local to his Moreton-in-Marsh, Broadway and Bidford-On-Avon stores. The winner from each school was then awarded £250 to spend on a Jubilee party for their class.
|Rav wanted to recognise his staff’s achievements publicly, so he decided to organise a community celebration for Independents’ Day (July 4). He explains: “My staff come from diverse communities and backgrounds and have recently completed their apprenticeships and gained qualifications. So an ideal way of showcasing their skills and diversity, while simultaneously engaging with customers, was through an ethnic cooking day.”|
All six of the full-time staff produced a range of dishes reflecting their backgrounds, such as samosas, curries, spring rolls, English scones, bubble and squeak and Indian desserts.
|Londis retailer Sunder received funding towards a huge Jubilee fun day for two local schools. “The two schools have an adjoining playing field so we thought that it would be a great idea to unite them for the first time in a mass Jubilee celebration,” Sunder explains. “I attended a meeting with the Parent Teacher Association and we decided to organise an event that would bring together not only the 335 children, but also local residents and families.”|
You can apply for the NCS Community Fund by filling in the short form here. You will then receive an application form that you will need to complete over the coming weeks and deliver it to the National Convenience Show between the 14th and 16th April at the NEC, Birmingham.
Deliver your complete application form to the Partners' Lounge and if your application is successful, you'll hear from the National Convenience Show team by the end of May 2013 and we'll arrange with Convenience Store Magazine to meet with you to cover your event in the magazine itself!