Sydney, 25th July 2022. United Convenience Buyers Pty Ltd (UCB), Australia’s largest leading specialised Petrol and Convenience Buying and Retail Development Group, for Independent Retailers, and Australian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS), representing Convenience Industry Retail & Supplier members in matters most pressing to the industry and strongly lobby for government reforms, announce a new sponsorship that will see United Convenience Buyers Pty Ltd sponsor Women in Convenience.

UCB will provide AACS & Women in Convenience with financial support for an initial period of two years, supporting Women in Convenience with deepening its role in Australian Convenience, through networking, information sharing events and guest speakers.

Darren Park, CEO United Convenience Buyers Pty Ltd, said “UCB has been invested in Women in Convenience from its formation. There is still a “broken rung” at the first step for many women in our Industry and UCB’s support of AACS and Women in Convenience, seeks to further step up our support for well-being and diversity, equity, and inclusion”. Park said further “Supporting Women in Convenience, continues our focus on Industry first support and brings focus to UCB’s business wide ESG initiatives”.

Theo Foukkare, CEO AACS, said promoting the gender diversity across the convenience retail industry is one of the associations key pillars, and we are thrilled with UCB Stores commitment to supporting this series of events. We are blessed with an incredible talent pool of leaders in our industry, from on the shop floor, in supply chain, in manufacturing, in management & in executive leadership roles”.

About United Convenience Buyers Pty Ltd

UCB is the largest independent buying group, promotional program and retail solution for Petrol and Convenience Stores in Australia, with over 1200 members nationally. We are a privately owned Australian company, which has been trading since 1992 with a team of highly experienced retail professionals, partnering with energised Trade Partners to grow the sales and profitability of our members.

About the Australian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS)

Established in 1990, the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) is the peak body for the convenience industry in Australia. Nationally, the industry employs over 74,000 people in over 7,000 stores. The majority of these stores operate as small, family-run businesses, often under licence or a franchise agreement, or with independent ownership. They regularly employ family members and people from the local communities in which they operate. The AACS represents the interests of these small businesses – their owners, staff, suppliers and customers.

Theo Foukkare is available for interview: 0423 003 133

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