WARNER'S Budgens has won the ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ award for the second time at the recent Retail Industry Awards, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

The prestigious event is dubbed the ‘Oscars of the retail sector’, and Warner’s Budgens faced stiff competition from some big names in the supermarket world to earn the award.

The ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ award went to the Warner’s Budgens store in Moreton-in-Marsh, winner of the over 6,000 square foot category. The judges commented on the stores commitment to supporting the local community as well as the vast number of locally produced items stocked at the store.

“Being recognised at a prestigious awards event such as the Retail Industry Awards is hugely satisfying for all of our staff who run our stores so efficiently and work so hard to make our stores so welcoming. I strongly believe that this award is recognition of all those in the Moreton-in-Marsh community as without their custom, we just wouldn’t be here,” said Guy Warner, store owner.

The Independent Retailer of the Year award was accepted by Mike Toth, store manager at Warner’s Budgens Moreton-in-Marsh and Steve Neale, operations director.