Tony Hurren NFSL 2000, the commercial arm of the Newsagents' Federation, is to hold the first of a series of recruitment meetings in Leeds on October 24. Former Spar boss John Irish, who is masterminding NFSL's move towards convenience, will tell around 200 Yorkshire based CTN traders they must embrace convenience trading to survive. Dewsbury retailer Richard Hitch, the local federation branch president, said: "Last September, I refitted my 350 sq ft CTN, obtained an off licence and became part of Palmer & Harvey McLane's Supershop group. Since then, turnover has doubled. "I heard Irish speak at our annual conference earlier this year and believe we must take his ideas on board." Irish, whose presentation will carry the theme The Way Forward', said: "The Leeds event was driven by the local branch and shows clearly our message is getting through. "Our biggest problem at present is having the capacity to convert those stores wanting to make the switch." Irish confirmed that NFSL was still talking to other wholesalers including Key Lekkerland. He said: "We have a long-standing arrangement with P&H, but we have put together a very flexible scheme, enabling federation stores to bolt on the convenience aspect and remain with their existing supplier." The Quix fascia remains NFSL's preferred option, but stores can have the makeover under a variety of fascias including KeyStore, Spar, Mace or Supershop. {{NEWS }}

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