Connect with us...

Latest Updates


Plan for Bank Holiday Success

Date released:  22nd April 2014

New Best Sellers Leaflet

Date released:  17th April 2014

40% POR is Back!

Date released:  16th April 2014

St George's Day 2014

Date released:  11th April 2014

Make the most of the Easter Weekend

Date released:  8th April 2014

Chocs Away!

Date released:  4th April 2014

Tikka Look at our Sauces!

Date released:  01st April 2014

Wholesale Pet Supplies

Date released:  28th March 2014

Make the Most of Local Events

Date released:  25th March 2014

Cheap as Chips!

Date released:  21st March 2014

Mother's Day Meals and Gifts

Date released:  18th March 2014

Introducing Clean Pro

Date released:  14th March 2014

Build Your Social Media Presence Online

Date released:  7th March 2014

Six Nations Rugby

Date released:  4th March 2014

St Patricks Day

Date released:  28th February 2014

Profitable Pancakes

Date released:  25th February 2014

Sochi Celebrations

Date released:  21st February 2014

Have you prepared for Chip Week?

Date released:  20th February 2014

St David's Day

Date released:  14th February 2014

Valentines Day

Date released:  11th February 2014

New Chef's Essentials

Date released:  7th February 2013

Thank You For Your Business in 2013!

Date released:  29th January 2014

Six Nations Rugby: An Opportunity

Date released:  24th January 2013

Valentine's Day Planning

Date released:  22nd January 2014

New Brazilian Flavours

Date released:  17th January 2014

Chinese New Year

Date released:  14th January 2014

Cold & Flu Rememdies

Date released:  10th January 2014

Burns Night

Date released:  8th January 2014

Catering Best Sellers

Date released:  3rd January 2014

40% POR is Back!

Date released:  30th December 2013

New Years Eve Celebrations

Date released:  23rd December 2013

Easy Peasy Cheese Boards

Date released:  20th December 2013

Be Ready for Top-Up Shoppers

Date released:  17th December 2013

Hampers: A Touch of Luxury at Christmas

Date released:  13th December 2013

Big Brands Big Deals

Date released:  11th December 2013

New Pies & Subs

Date released:  6th December 2013

Sublime Wines

Date released:  3rd December 2013

St Andrew's Day

Date released:  27th November 2013

Thanksgiving Treats

Date released:  21st November 2013

Roll With It

Date released:  15th November 2013

Revamp Your Wine List!

Date released:  13th November 2013

In the Christmas Spirit

Date released:  8th November 2013

How to Survive Christmas Part One: The Menu

Date released:  5th November 2013

Candy Crush

Date released:  1st November 2013

Light up your sales

Date released:  29th October 2013

Exclusive, Great Quality Chilean Wines

Date released:  25th October 2013

Cold Remedies Not To Be Sniffed At

Date released:  22nd October 2013

Your Perfect Coffee Partner

Date released:  31st January 2014

New Year's Eve Celebrations

Date released:  30th December 2013

Catering Tips for Halloween

Date released:  18th October 2013

Retail Tips for Halloween

Date released:  15th October 2013

The Euro Shopper Range

Date released:  11th October 2013

Get Involved with National Chocolate Week

Date released:  8th October 2013

Scrummy Snacks and Slices

Date released:  4th October 2013

Spice Spice Baby

Date released:  1st October 2013

Student Saviours

Date released:  27th September 2013

Boast your Roast

Date released:  24th September 2013

New Pouch Drinks

Date released:  20th September 2013

The Great British Feast

Date released:  17th September 2013

Gary's Great Ingredient Hunt

Date released:  13th September 2013

Clean as a Whistle

Date released:  10th September 2013

Butter Me Up

Date released:  6th September 2013

Get a Slice of the Action

Date released:  4th September 2013

Make the Grade this September

Date released:  29th August 2013

Results Day Food & Drink

Date released:  13th August 2013

Summer Cocktail Inspiration

Date released:  8th August 2013

Theatre, Comedy, and Great Food & Drink

Date released:  31st July 2013

Ice Cream Dream

Date released:  26th July 2013

Chinese Summer Savings

Date released:  18th July 2013

Heatwave Hijinks

Date released:  12th July 2013

5,4,3,2,1...Savings are Go!

Date released:  27th June 2013

Serve up a full set of treats!

Date released:  18th June 2013

Boost Core Product Sales

Date released:  12th June 2013

Don't forget Dad!

Date released:  5th June 2013

Award Winning Recycling Service

Date released:  29th May 2013

More choice for online shoppers

Date released:  17th May 2013

Get set for summer!

Date released:  10th May 2013

Tobacco Opportunities for Smaller Stores

Date released:  30th April 2013

Invite Booming Bank Holiday Trade!

Date released:  25th April 2013

Celebrate your English pub on St Georges day

Date released:  19th April 2013

Prices locked down on popular essentials

Date released:  16th April 2013

Sumptuous Snacks for Sporting Spectators

Date released:  12th April 2013

Wholesale Easter fun!

Date released:  28th March 2013

Making the most of Easter

Date released:  20th March 2013

Petfood profit for independant retailers

Date released:  14th March 2013

Make other pubs green with envy!

Date released:  11th March 2013

Fresh Thinking with Super Six

Date released:  4th March 2013

Create a Mother's Day Buzz

Date released:  28th February 2013

St David's Day Treats

Date released:  25th February 2013

Go Cupcake Crazy!

Date released:  15th February 2013

It's Valentine's, and Everyone's Invited!

Date released:  11th February 2013

Booker helps retailers to help their customers

Date released:  19th November 2012

Wimbledon: ready to serve at Booker Wholesale

Date released:  18th June 2012

Save money and save the planet

Date released:  18th April 2012

Hundreds of Promotions

Date released:  9th April 2012

Ice Cream Deals at Booker

Date released:  2nd April 2012

Booker Farm Fresh range

Date released:  16th March 2012

Booker's Wine List service

Date released:  12th March 2012

Wholesaler of choice at Easter

Date released:  18th February 2012

Valentines Day with a little help

Date released:  7th February 2012

Euro Shopper - own budget range

Date released:  2nd February 2012

Services from Booker Wholesale

Date released:  11th January 2012

Great value for the New Year

Date released:  29th December 2011

Service to trust during Christmas

Date released:  15th December 2011

Festive Menu Guide 2011

Date released:  6th December 2011

Catering for Christmas

Date released:  25th November 2011

Plan for Bank Holiday Success

By Jennifer Coles    Date released:  22nd April 2014
It's an unfortunate fact that while our Bank Holidays can be some of the best times for UK businesses, they are also the most difficult to plan for.

The British weather adds a decidedly uncertain edge to every long weekend from April to August. The advice for visitors to the 2012 Olympics- 'pack sunscreen and a waterproof'- said it all!

Here's our guide to planning the (almost) unplannable.

Prepare for success

If you can, look back through previous years' sales figures. Whether you run a restaurant or a convenience store, this should give you an idea of how many covers you'll make/drinks you'll sell/ice-creams you'll need.

To be on the safe side, it's probably best to book staff based on your best sales figures. Then, if rain is forecast nearer the time, you can always ask if anyone would rather have time off.

When it comes to catering supplies, don't be afraid to over-buy ambient groceries, soft drinks and alcohol, as Booker are offering most of these on a 'sale or return' basis this summer.

The vast majority of our branches are open on a Bank Holiday, so we're here for you if you run out of supplies, or if you have a small stock room. You can check opening times at your nearest branch up to two weeks in advance here:

The Great Outdoors?

A beer garden filled with happy, celebrating customers is every publican's dream. There are very few overheads associated with outside space, and as customers feel further from the bar, they are more likely to order large rounds.

Outdoor space is also a selling point at cafés and city pubs, as customers appreciate the opportunity to catch some rays.

However, as with everything else, you'll need a sunny weather and a wet weather plan. Once you have these ready, you can check the weather forecast 2-3 days in advance, and decide which to go with.

We're offering some great prices on aluminium tables and chairs right now- great for cafés and handy for pub beer gardens when all the wooden tables are occupied.

No crystal ball needed!

Have you seen our recent Best Sellers leaflet? The prices of these products are held until 9th September, covering all the summer bank holidays.

Retailers should take a look at our Great Margins leaflet, which features some fantastic deals on multi packs of cider and beer, sure to be popular over the Bank Holiday. These prices are frozen until 13th May.

If you need help with any aspect of planning Bank Holiday trade, whether you're looking for unbreakable beer glasses, or considering putting on a barbecue, have a chat with your local branch. You'll find that your branch manager or CDM can offer a wealth of advice and experience.

Connect with us

To keep up with our latest promotions don't forget to follow us on Twitter at and check out our Facebook page at

Grocer Gold Awards
Terms & Conditions | Privacy & Cookies | Contact Us
© Booker 2013 - V8.6 GS1_01

Online Exclusive Products

Online Exclusive products are not stocked in your chosen branch. They are ordered in for you and will normally be available within .

Cookies are essential to the use of this website. By continuing to use this website you agree to the use of these cookies. For more information on the cookies that we use, click here.