Vote now for your personality of the year:

Now in its eighth year, The Grocer Cup for Outstanding Business Achievement is firmly established as one of the top accolades in the grocery industry. It is a special award - because the winner is decided by readers of this magazine.
Once you have selected the candidate you think most deserves to win, you can register your vote by calling the number below or online. But hurry! To count, your vote must be cast by September 14.
What are we looking for?
The Grocer Cup rewards charismatic leaders who have truly set the pace for the industry as a whole in the past 12 months. From our shortlist of top executives, shown right, we are looking to reward the individual you think has made the biggest impact on the industry.
Our winner should have met tough targets and in the process taken their organisation to new levels of efficiency, service or profitability.
Our winner must have the personality, tenacity and charisma to inspire others so that their organisation hits new levels of success.
Our winner’s influence must clearly extend beyond the natural boundaries of their own organisation - innovating in such a way that they change the way we all do business.

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Edwin Booth
As chairman of the food retail chain that bears his family name, Booth has created a powerful regional business in the north of England. Food quality and provenance are key to Booths’ successful formula - which helps it stand apart from rivals, ensuring it grew sales by 13% last year.

Steven Esom
Under Esom’s leadership, Waitrose has continued to go from strength to strength. It has expanded rapidly across the country and enjoyed record sales and profit as a result - showing there is still plenty of room in the market for a grocery retailer focused on quality.

Iain Ferguson
Since Ferguson started his job as head of Tate & Lyle in May 2003, the iconic sugar company has been refocused on providing high-margin solutions for the food industry - such as Splenda, its hugely successful zero-calorie sugar substitute - and has been reinvigorated as a result.

Justin King
It’s still early days. But Sainsbury’s chief executive can see the first green shoots of recovery since initiating his turnaround plan. He has made Sainsbury more competitive, sorted out availability issues and improved in-store service. The result? Sales are moving in the right direction.

Sir Terry Leahy
It’s been an incredible year for Tesco. Profit smashed through the £2bn barrier, its market share hit an unassailable 30%, and sales have continued to grow faster than the market as a whole. So it’s no surprise to see the boss of Britain’s top retailer featuring on our 2005 shortlist.

Jerry Marwood
Spar UK’s managing director stands out as one of the most vocal campaigners for the independent retail sector. But he can also be proud of the way he has ensured that Spar has strengthened its position as the UK’s top symbol group chain during a period of considerable churn in the sector.

Ian McMahon
As chief executive, McMahon has helped transform RHM and he wants to turn it into one of the leading food businesses in the country. The success of that strategy to date helped ensure that RHM’s recent flotation on London Stock Exchange was a big hit with investors.

Sir Anwar Pervez
Founder and chairman of the Bestway group, Sir Anwar masterminded one of the most significant deals in the cash and carry sector for years. The acquisition of rival Batleys has created a clear number two in the sector - and one with plenty of ambitious plans to keep on growing.

Dudley Ramsden
Nisa-Today’s is a vital trading partner for thousands of independent retailers and wholesalers. As co-founder and chairman, Ramsden has played a pivotal role in the group’s success and is now steering it through a massive investment programme that will safeguard its future.

Richard Reed
One of the founders of Innocent, Reed has become the public face of the quirky, yet highly successful, smoothies business. Innocent has carved out a profitable niche for itself in the drinks market and is now innovating in new areas. It has also built a fun business where people come first.