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With Dawood Pervez now in place at the head of its wholesale operations, Bestway has made some key customer-focused management appointments, as reported in the Grocer magazine.  These include the promotion of Tony Holmes to the newly created role of Retail Director, while David Livingstone takes on a new role as head of catering.

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It has been announced that Martin Race is to step down as managing director of Bestway Wholesale as of 30 November.  His replacement will be Dawood Pervez, son of the business' founder, Sir Anwar Pervez.  Dawood Pervez, currently trading director, will head the group's core wholesale division as of 1 December.

New MD brings breadth of experience in a range of functions

Having joined Bestway, working in legal, in 2002 Dawood Pervez has gained significant senior experience across the business, including as marketing director before moving to head up the trading function in 2016.  As well as playing a key role in strategic acquisitions in recent years, he has also been central in establishing the wholesaler's digital commerce operation and in expanding its export business.

Martin Race to retire after 30 years in wholesaling

Widely recognised as one of the senior statesmen of UK wholesaling Martin Race, originally joined the independent Batley's cash & carry business in 1988.  He then remained with the business following its acquisition by Bestway in 2005, helping manage the integration, before moving into senior management in the combined business in 2014.


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With Blakemore Wholesale now fast progressing the sale of its cash & carry sites, it has been revealed that the major national player, Bestway is to purchase two of its locations: Walsall in the West Midlands and Cardiff in South Wales.

A further boost to scale for Bestway

The acquisition of these two sites comes only two months after the Bestway acquired the Bargain Booze distribution and franchise network, from the collapsed alcohol wholesaler Conviviality.  Boosting its total cash & carry number to 65 across the UK, this latest purchase further expands Bestway's reach in its traditional cash & carry format in two key urban markets and reinforces its position as the number two player amongst retail channel wholesalers. 

Martin Race, Managing Director, Bestway Wholesale commented:

'We are very excited to add these two well-located and sizeable depots to our estate ... The addition of the Cardiff and Walsall depots will only make us stronger, enhancing our presence is these two key areas and expanding our footprint and coverage in the UK.'

It has been announced that the 'retail' division of the collapsed Conviviality wholesale group has been bought from the administrators for £7,250,000 by Bestway Direct Ltd, the delivery arm of Bestway Wholesale.  The acquired businesses include the Bargain Booze off licence franchise operation, as well as the Wine Rack and Central Convenience retail chains.

Adds over 800 stores to Bestway's affiliated network

At the core of this acquisition is the franchise and distribution operation (comprising two depots), which support a network of over 800 stores, comprising some 700 independently owned franchise Bargain Booze outlets, as well as some 150 company-owned stores (mainly in the Central Convenience chain).  This new customer base will complement Bestway's existing customer network of over 100,000 independent retailers, which includes 1,500 members of its Best-one symbol group, serviced through the Bestway Direct division.

And boosts scale in key categories

Bringing around £380m of additional wholesale sales to Bestway will boost its overall wholesale turnover to around £2.5bn.  With a sales mix heavily weighted towards licensed categories (51% alcohol and 34% tobacco), Conviviality Retail will add significant additional scale to Bestway's well-established capabilities in these areas, enabling its customers across the enlarged business to benefit further in purchasing these key convenience store categories.

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