JOIN LEADING RETAILERS
The Independent Achievers Academy is the leading business programme for independent news and convenience retailers. Over 900 retailers have taken part since we launched in 2006
The Academy can help you in three ways. First, by providing you with expert advice and insight from our partners for you to implement in your store. Second, by encouraging you to enter your store for assessment, where you will receive a range of benefits including a mystery shop and full feedback report, and publicity and recognition for your shop and staff. And third, by helping you build connections with like-minded retailers and leading suppliers.
“Being a part of the IAA has helped to improve my relationship with leading suppliers”
- Bintesh Amin, Blean Village Londis, Canterbury
THE POWER OF CONNECTIONS
We are constantly told by retailers that building networks with peers and suppliers is the most effective way to further their business. At the IAA, we understand that time pressures can often scupper the very best of intentions and that this may not always be possible. Our aim is to make this easy for you – this website lays out clear advice on how to grow your profits in 12 key areas. The IAA offers advice, in-store assessments, advanced supplier relationships and a culture of idea sharing amongst retailers.
We want you to be a part of our Academy so that you can use these tools to help you develop a strong business plan & to negotiate great deals with suppliers.
Browse the IAA section of this website and download the 2014 guide which summarises all the great business strategies that our 2013 IAA winners executed in order to become best in class. Read what they do, how they do it, and be inspired to up your own game. When you are ready, find out how you can enter yourself for assessment and become a part of our network.
By showing commitment to best practice, we can help raise standards across the independent channel together, and future proof it for future communities.