Industry celebrates 100 years of NFRN

Louis Hennessy on stage with National President Mike Mitchelson and awards host, Sir Trevor McDonald
Louis Hennessy on stage with national president Mike Mitchelson and awards host, Sir Trevor McDonald

More than 450 guests from the world of independent retailing, publishing, wholesaling and manufacturing gathered at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 12 February for the NFRN’s centenary dinner and Awards.

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26 February 2019 | 0

Hundreds of guests from the world of independent retailing, publishing, wholesaling and manufacturing gathered at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London earlier this month, for the NFRN’s centenary dinner and Awards. A total of 12 awards for excellence in retailing and delivering newspapers were presented on the night, along with three special centenary awards. These were for the Longest Serving Active Member, Outstanding Contribution to the News Industry and Outstanding Contribution to Independent Retailing.

Members from the NFRN’s 13 districts, including officials from Ireland, were among those attending this prestigious event. The Irish contingent included district president Martin Mulligan and national councillor Peter Steemers who were there to support colleague Louis Hennessy of Malone Newsagent in Kildare, one of five finalists in the Newsagent of the Year category. This award seeks to reward dedication, commitment and innovation in newspaper and magazine retailing.

Welcoming guests to this “very special and once in a lifetime event,” national president Mike Mitchelson said the night is about commemorating the NFRN’s centenary and celebrating everything that the members, 15,000 independent retailers, stand for.

“This includes our success in grasping new opportunities,” he said, “to keep the independent news and convenience store sectors vibrant and forward thinking. Our success in keeping the independent retail sector at the forefront of the minds of people who matter – whether in industry or the government.

“And,” he added, “our success in being an influential and well respected employers’ association.”

As well as celebrating how far the NFRN had come over the past 100 years, the centenary dinner was “a nod to the future of what our industry has to offer and the exciting challenges ahead as we lead the independent retail sector forward”.

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