An independent retailer in Bedford has increased his weekly sales by £13,000 after spending £140,000 to refit his store as a Premier and working with the Independent Achievers Academy (IAA)

Seelan Thambirajah took over the Gostwick Road store in April. The six-week refit included the addition of features such as new shelving units, while placing more emphasis on working with the community.

Mr Thambirajah told RN: “The store had been in the area for 20 years, but received no investment. I had the idea to add local food, alongside working with the nearby primary school to donate fruit, and the IAA helped me develop these ideas further.”