Rewarded for community spirit

12 December, 2008

Leicester Londis owner Raj Aggarwal has been named My Shop is Your Shop

Retailer of the

Year at the Federation of Wholesale Distributors' annual dinner.

MSYS chairman Alan Toft praised Raj and his wife Sunita for their work in the

local community.

Raj is chairman of the Foxes MSYS Retailer Forum, a group of independent retailers in Leicester who teamed up with Leicester City FC to get club coaches training local youngsters in soccer skills.

He also led a 500-strong group of residents who crowded into Wigston

council's chamber to protest against proposed road closures, forcing the authority to reconsider.

The Aggarwals have raised more than £20,000 for tsunami victims and organise trips to theme parks for local families.

Raj said: "We are pleased to receive this gold medal, not just for our business but because it helps the marketplace and the consumer to recognise the true value of the family-owned business. There are so many independent c-stores, newsagents and rural shops

that support their local communities in so many ways and this personal interface just cannot be replaced by the giant retailers."

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