Chairman of the Henderson Group, John Agnew CBE, has been honoured with an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Retail Industry Awards in London.
It comes as the Group took home 9 awards in total on the night, including Community Retailer of the Year for Henderson Retail, while SPAR was rewarded Symbol Group of the Year across the UK.
John joined the firm in 1957 and ran the company with his father William – son in law to founder, John Henderson – and was integral to the early days of SPAR’s operation in Northern Ireland, when the Group were granted the franchise for the brand in 1960.
Over the years, John has helped lead a dynamic and inclusive business which has led to opportunities of growth and development, yet still has the family-run ethos today as it did in the early 1900s. John’s sons, Martin and Geoffrey now run the business as joint Managing Directors.
John commented; “It has been a tremendous privilege to watch the family business grow over the years, and I am delighted to have been part of it. We will continue to drive operations in Northern Ireland, creating local employment and business opportunities as new generations of our family come on board.”
The Retail Industry Awards 2018, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last week, also saw EUROSPAR Carrowdore win Forecourt Retailer of the Year, while McCullagh’s SPAR Classic Service Station in Omagh took home Independent Food to go Retailer of the Year, with Henderson Retail winning the Multiple category.
Mulkern’s EUROSPAR in Newry picked up Independent Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year and O’Hare’s EUROSPAR in Mayobridge took home the Independent Chilled Retailer of the Year as Henderson Retail took the same award home in the Multiple category.
Patrick Doody, Sales & Marketing Director at Henderson Group commented; “The Retail Industry Awards ceremony was a fantastic night for Henderson Retail and many of our SPAR & EUROSPAR retailers.
“The variety of awards brought home against a competitive UK-wide market is outstanding and we’re delighted and proud of our teams’ achievements.”
Full list of Henderson Group Award wins:
Outstanding Achievement Award – John Agnew CBE
Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Multiple) – Henderson Retail
Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Independent) – EUROSPAR Carrowdore
Food-to-Go Retailer of the Year (Multiple) – Henderson Retail
Food-to-Go Retailer of the Year (Independent) – McCullagh’s SPAR Classic Service Station, Omagh
Chilled Retailer of the Year (Multiple) – Henderson Retail
Chilled Retailer of the Year (Independent) – O’Hare’s EUROSPAR, Mayobridge
Community Retailer of the Year (Multiple) – Henderson Retail
Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year (Independent) – Mulkern’s EUROSPAR, Newry