ACS launches Women’s Independent Retailer Network

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has launched its Women’s Independent Retailer Network, providing a support network for women running independent convenience stores.

The group had its first meeting on 8 December. The trade body will host quarterly meetings and is expected to feature guest speakers and workshops.

The group will explore a range of topics including public speaking, confidence, and how to use social media.

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“This is a good forum for us to share our experiences and ideas and to increase our overall visibility in the retail sector,” Costcutter Epsom owner Sue Nithyanandan said

The owner of Hockmeyer Motors Rachael Hockmeyer added: “In the world of convenience, women are in the majority as management, staff and customers.

“However, we are underrepresented on boards, committees and in the press. I am delighted to be part of the WIRN (Women’s Independent Retailer Network) which will enable passionate retailers to support each other, share best practice and learn new skills.”

Jules Convenience owner Julie Duhra concluded: “I am proud to be an independent retailer of 30 years. Today I am learning from another retailer how to get to do wine courses and grow sales with your expertise – knowledge is key.”

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