Suppliers are looking to either enhance or seek alternative routes to market, according to feedback from the NFRN London district trade show.

Last Tuesday more than 250 independent retailers attended the free event in Wembley, getting the chance to speak to more than 40 suppliers. Kamal Thaker, owner of Stop Shop News in Edgware, told RN the event was a success.

He said: “It was an excellent evening. All the suppliers were very pleased with the turnout but were more pleased with the quality of the retailers.

“The big players were keen to take advantage of the independents' buying power and offer them better profitability.”

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