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HKS triumphs at Asian Business Awards Midlands

HKS Retail Limited (HKS) is celebrating after winning big at the 5th annual Asian Business Awards Midlands, which honours the continued success and achievements of local Asian businesses.

HKS Retail triumphed in the Fast Growth Business Award, which was sponsored by Mazars.

Shane Thakrar, CEO at HKS Retail said;
"To be recognised as one of the fastest-growing companies in the Midlands is fantastic news for the company, and also justifies all the hard work our entire team are putting into the business. "We are honoured to be among some big name winners at the Asian Business Awards this year. We have experienced strong growth over the past few years, which has come from both acquisitions and development of our existing network. The recognition helps fuel our future growth plans, we have a number of exciting plans for the coming months which we are excited to announce very soon.”

The Awards were held on Friday 7th April at the world-famous Edgbaston Stadium.

Kalpesh Solanki, Group Managing Editor of AMG, said;
“All of the winners showcase the dynamic business leadership and talent in the Midlands. The British Asian community is thriving and these awards have celebrated the innovative and forward thinking Asian businessmen and women in areas such as entrepreneurship, healthcare and manufacturing. It has been a great evening celebrating the success of our winners.”

Graham Sims joins HKS Holdings Ltd as Non-Executive Chairman

Formerly Head of Retail at BP, Graham’s expertise lies in transformation changes within businesses. Graham’s extensive experience extends across a range of corporate and private equity backed businesses in a number of industries including oil, retail and hospitality.

His cohesive approach, brings a new method previously demonstrated across sectors; blending brands together to create a new offerings for businesses, retailers and customers alike. During his time at BP, Graham integrated a number of household brand partners into BP forecourts across the UK and globally. He currently holds a number of Chair positions and works in private equity businesses in the UK, Europe and the US.

Family-owned HKS, is set to move into a new stage of accelerated investment, development and growth which Graham will lead, broadening the business into other consumer sectors.

The group will continue the development of its existing portfolio, enhancing its convenience retailing offer and pursuing partnering options with other brands in food and convenience into new concepts as well as actively seeking new property to add to its network of forecourt sites.

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Acquisition of seven sites from Shell

HKS has confirmed the acquisition of seven sites from Shell as part of its larger disposal strategy. These sites are in strategic transient locations allowing HKS to extend its reach to more customers. The sites are located from Stafford to London, allowing the group to add to its midlands base as well as extending its coverage within London and the M25 region.

The deal was supported by Glen McLeod at HSBC with legal support provided by Antony Walsh’s team at Eversheds. Shane Thakrar of HKS commented: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Shell as a partner they have chosen to sell these sites to and continue trading with the strength of the Shell brand. We would also like to extend our thanks to HSBC for supporting the transaction and to the team at Eversheds for their support on the transaction.

The sites have great convenience opportunities, which we are looking forward to develop. We look forward to welcoming all members of staff into HKS and continue their development with us”. HKS will commence work on all sites immediately including the addition of Subway outlets and branding of the sites with Spar and Simply Fresh.

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Forecourt Trader Awards

HKS has won three award at this years Forecourt Trader awards held at the Hilton Park Lane, London.

The group collected awards for:
Best Customer Service - HKS Meteor, South Normanton, Derbyshire. Manager James Kay was presented with the award.
Best Site Manager - HKS Sandringham, Leicester. Jan Hawthorne, Co site manager and personal winner Jan Hawthorne highly collected the award.
Best Site: Midlands, Over 4m litres per annum
HKS Sandringham, Leicester. Co Site Manager David Menhams collected the award.

This represents a great achievement for the company demonstrating the various areas in which in HKS thrives to succeed. Operations Director, Chris Loach commented: "The awards are a greatly humbling and a testament to the great people we have in our team. Winning Best customer service was a great personal achievement, as above all we put the happiness of customers as our first priority.

The Best Site manager award was truly deserved by Jan, who has worked so hard to deliver results at a number of sites within the Group she has managed. We are fully supportive of personal development of individuals within our team and look forward to helping Jan excel further. The win for HKS Sandringham was fantastic news for our New Flagship development in Leicester. The site recently reopened after a £1.5m investment and the creation of many jobs.

We're great the development and the team on site we're recognised for their determination to make the site a great success." The company looks forward to continue this success by keeping customer satisfaction at the forefront of its strategy and by continuing to invest in the development of people with the group.

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