Carl is best of independents

Retail: Carl Pickering, centre, receives his award
Retail: Carl Pickering, centre, receives his award
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Hesketh Bank newsagent Carl Pickering of Top Shop News in Station Road was crowned Independent Newspaper Retailer of the Year at the prestigious NFRN Awards.

He received his award at a glittering awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London.

Carl was named best newspaper retailer in recognition of his commitment to developing newspaper sales.

He provides a home news delivery service to 650 customers, employing 17 news deliverers to fulfil 22 news rounds.

He actively promotes the newspaper category in association with newspaper publishers and has an extensive magazine range, offering more than 600 titles which are stocked on six metres of magazine shelving.

The judges were also impressed with the huge importance that Carl places on shop appearance and standards, together with his close attention to detail, especially in merchandising.

Carl was presented with his trophy by Ian Saunders from WH Smith Retail, who sponsored the award.

Commenting after the awards, a delighted Carl said: “It was a very special night. I am so proud of our team.”