Retailers in stores of all shapes and sizes across the country have been urged to join the Independent Achievers Academy as it opens its doors to the class of 2016.

This year’s Academy launched at Guy Warner’s Budgens store in the Cotswold town of Moreton-in-Marsh. Retailers, including three previous winners of the IAA Overall Best Shop title, joined leading suppliers to launch the 2016 Retail Profit Guide.

“Being part of the IAA brings us into contact with a diverse group of people who are all looking to grow their business, but in different circumstances”

Julian Taylor-Green, a previous winner of the Shop Layout category and finalist in two other categories, spoke at the event and urged stores to take part as it gives you the opportunity to measure your store against the best stores across the country.

“Being part of the IAA has allowed us to build on our strengths and highlight opportunities. It gives you a wide and diverse base of stores to look at and gain ideas from, which you can then take back to your business,” he said.

Last year’s Overall Best Shop winner was Wharfedale Premier in Hull. Mark Coldbeck described winning that title, and four other categories at the 2015 Gala Dinner, as a “brilliant” end to the year.

“Being part of the IAA brings us into contact with a diverse group of people who are all looking to grow their business, but in different circumstances.

“Winning Overall Best Shop last year has bought us publicity and pride and a modest and welcome increase in profit.”

2016 is another big year for the IAA. If you want to benchmark your store then follow our simple entry form here…