Biography: Jonathan James

Jonathan James

I have a passion for all things retailing, and have now worked in the retail industry for over 15 years, in which time I’ve owned a variety of stores ranging from successful Supermarkets to Forecourt Services.  Having leased a number of our stores to other store groups, including Asda and BP, I now run a busy Budgen’s Supermarket in Dersingham, Norfolk.  In 2003, I was very proud to win the UK Forecourt Trader of the Year, and Independent Newcomer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards.

I also work closely with the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).  I served as Vice Chair of the ACS and was then elected to Chairman from 2011-2014.  I have since been elected as Chairman of the ACS Retailer Board, which I still chair. 

I also own James Convenience Retail Ltd which owns and operates 110 stores across England and Wales which are supplied under the Conviviality PLC Franchise agreement.

I love the fact that no two days are the same in the retail industry, and I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people and being my own boss. I believe the future of our industry lies in embedding itself into the communities that it serves. We constantly need to improve store standards and be seen to be doing our bit for the planet by using greener technologies.