Meet ten operators with ideas that are changing the sector

When most people are asked to think about the wholesale sector they will invariably think about the influence of the big boys - Batleys, Bestway, Booker, Blakemore, Makro and Palmer & Harvey McLane. But they are not the only players making waves.
Over the following three pages, The Grocer team profiles ten smaller operators we think are challenging the status quo - whether with clever IT strategies, new retail clubs or the sort of customised deals that their bigger counterparts would never dream of offering. The picture that emerges is of a sector thriving through innovation - despite some pretty harsh trading conditions and the ever-present threat to the independent sector posed by the multiples.
The companies we profile over the next few pages are all very different but share one thing in common: they are investing heavily in the future of their sector and their businesses.
Nobody’s denying it’s a hard sector in which to operate. But our ten are meeting the challenges they face head on.Turn the page to find out how they are doing it.