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This statement is for Bestway Wholesale Limited, Bestway Northern Limited, Bestway Retail Limitedand Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited pursuant to section 54(6) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015(the “Act”). Whilst not meeting the total turnover requirements of Section 54(2) of the Act, MAPTrading Limited is included in this statement on a voluntary basis. Bestway Wholesale Limited,Bestway Northern Limited, Bestway Retail Limited, Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited, and MAPTrading Limited (together the ”Bestway Wholesale Entities”) represent the following statement forthe financial year ending on 30th June 2022.
The Bestway Wholesale Entities are part of the Bestway Group of companies with the ultimate parentcompany being Bestway Group Limited. The Bestway Wholesale Entities fully endorse the aims of theAct and take a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains andacross their businesses. The Bestway Wholesale Entities are committed to preventing slavery andhuman trafficking within its own business and in its transactions with other businesses.
Bestway Wholesale is the largest independent food wholesaler in the UK, with over 60 Bestway andBatleys depots across England, Scotland and Wales. Over 130,000 customers in the independent retailand foodservice industries regularly shop with Bestway Wholesale either within the depots, via thededicated customer contact centre, or on the company websites and ordering apps.
The Bestway Wholesale Entities’ independent retail proposition expands across the Symbol Groupbrand Best-one, the retail club Xtra Local, and with a range for unaffiliated retailers. Bestway VansDirect also operates under the Bestway Wholesale Entities as a delivered van sales service which visits20,000 customers every two weeks to stock up their snacks and sweets spaces in store, helping themto sell more, make more and save more.
The Bestway Wholesale Entities’ catering proposition provides for restaurants, cafes, pubs andtakeaway outlets through our range in depots, for contract School’s and University businesses throughBB Foodservice delivered catering proposition and for licensed establishments through Drinks Expressor with our licensed range in depot.
The Bestway Wholesale Entities’ pet product proposition, Bestpets, is the UK’s number 1 per product business which supplies the specialist pet trade and pet retailers nationwide and operates a Pet Retail Club, ‘Bestpets Local’.
Bestway Retail is part a business that is part of the wider Bestway Wholesale operation. Bestway Retailoperates the UK’s largest franchised off-licence and convenience chain. With over 1,150 colleaguesand over 125 stores nationwide, Bestway Retail trades under the Bargain Booze, Select Convenience,Central Convenience and Wine Rack brands.
Costcutter Supermarket Group, which was acquired by Bestway in February 2021, has over 500colleagues and 25 stores nationwide and over the last year full integration into our existing Wholesaleand Retail businesses has progressed.
Bestway has over 5,700 employees across these businesses. Offering the best choice and conveniencefor customers, we are on a mission to be the best way for a customer to grow their food, drinks or petbusiness.
The Bestway Wholesale Entities purchase products from around the world as well as producing theirown label products. They are committed to acting ethically and expect all of their suppliers to makethe same commitment. The companies will address any failures by our suppliers to meet our standardson a case-by-case basis and ultimately may lead to the Bestway Wholesale Entities ceasing to tradewith any such supplier. Despite having continuing issues with supply chains as a result of the pandemic,affecting supply into our suppliers, we remain committed to the particulars in this statement.
We are even more mindful of the need for due diligence in regard to Modern Slavery and theidentification of vulnerable people as a result of the emerging cost of living crisis which will increasepressure on retailers, customers, suppliers and colleagues.
The Bestway Wholesale Entities positively encourage employees to report any unlawful activity and/orany activity which may be in breach of policies and procedures through the Whistleblowing Policy.This includes any circumstances which may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or humantrafficking.
Since publication of the Modern Slavery Statement for the financial year ending 30 June 2021, theBestway Wholesale Entities have undertaken the following:
The Board of Directors of the Bestway Wholesale Entities have ultimate responsibility for theimplementation of policies and procedures, including those related to ethical trading and modernslavery. We propose the following as next steps;
This statement has been considered and approved by the Board of Directors of Bestway WholesaleLimited, Bestway Northern Limited, Bestway Retail Limited, Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limitedand MAP Trading Limited on behalf of the Bestway Wholesale Entities, who will review and update itannually.
For and on behalf of Bestway Wholesale Limited, Bestway Northern Limited, Bestway Retail Limited,Costcutter Supermarkets Group and MAP Trading Limited