Thomas Ennis, founder and CEO of the Thomas Ennis group, is an award-winning Irish retailer, recognised for his innovative approach to convenience food. Thomas has over 30 years' experience working in all aspects of Irish food retailing. He headed up Superquinn’s foray into the Convenience World - Superquinn Select, before opening his first store in 2005, the award-winning flagship Spar on Merrion Row, Dublin. Since then Thomas has opened eleven more stores spread across Convenience, Forecourts and Artisan Delicatessens. Thomas attributes the success and growth of his businesses to date to a continual commitment to excellence in customer service and turning his stores into destinations in the convenience food sector. He currently employs over 200 and is committed to staff development, with his senior management team recruited internally. Seeking to be continually innovative in the food offerings within his stores, Thomas has welcomed Irish franchises into the stores. Committed to helping others, Thomas has worked with Bord Bia in the past highlighting the passion and creativeness Artisan Suppliers can bring to the market and has helped numerous start-ups over the years.