Mentoring Winner 2011: Babar Sarfraz

In 2011, Babar Sarfraz from Premier Supersave Mini Market, Burnley was announced as the winner of the Mentoring competition run by Partners for Growth. He received £1,500 to invest in his business, plus the advice of the award-winning retailers of the Retailer Advisory Panel.

Babar commented, “Winning the competition has changed my life – it has been fantastic and has made me excited about the potential of my business. I have made a number of changes – some requiring investment, others just hard work. I invested in a hot drinks machine and a food to go unit, both of which have been a huge success and I have stopped buying product simply because it is on promotion at cash & carry and focussed on the bestsellers instead, which mean that my cash isn’t tied up on shelf.

After an inspirational trip to Singh’s in Sheffield, I have focussed on ensuring my store looks fantastic, with clean shelves and floors and every product faced up. Customers have commented on what a difference all the changes have made and, now that I’m monitoring each category, I can see that sales are increasing.”