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Over 200 business meetings took place last week at the first cross-sector event between Scottish wholesalers and food and drink producers to help build stronger relationships between the sectors.

Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) has partnered with Volvo Trucks to offer members detailed insight into the electric vehicle and infrastructure market, as part of its Decarbonisation of the Wholesale Sector project.

Download our special Scottish Wholesale Achievers Bulletin 2022, filled with photos of the winners and attending guests.

We've also uploaded all the photos for you to scroll through and that were taken on the night, from the drinks reception to the awards ceremony itself.

Congratulations again to all the winners of Scottish Wholesale Achievers 2022 and sincere thanks to all our sponsors.

SCOTLAND’S most resilient and innovative wholesalers have been recognised and rewarded by the industry at the annual Scottish Wholesale Achievers Awards.

Achievers, now in its 19th year and organised by the Scottish Wholesale Association, recognises excellence across all sectors of the wholesale industry and the achievements that have made a difference to individuals, communities and businesses over the last two years.


 

Further to the Scottish Government's announcement on the launch of a £5m Scottish Wholesale Food & Drink Resilience Fund, SWA provides wholesalers with advice and help in the application process.

Scottish Wholesale Association has welcomed today’s announcement by Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy Kate Forbes that an additional £10 million is to be made available to support the food and drink wholesale sector as it recovers from the pandemic.

The SWA is working with the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) and Scotland Food & Drink to deliver a ‘Meet the Wholesaler’ event as part of the next phase of our ‘Delivering Growth through Wholesale’ programme.

Designed to facilitate engagement and business between local Scottish producers and wholesalers, the Meet the Wholesaler event follows a series of workshops that will provide the tools and information needed to maximise opportunities when working together in developing markets for ‘local’ products.

Scottish Wholesale Association has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement that food and drink wholesalers will get access to the £8 million supply chain funding from the Scottish Government’s £100 million Omicron business support package.

With the arrival of the Omicron variant and the Scottish Government’s advice that people should defer Christmas parties, there has been an immediate and devastating impact on businesses still struggling to recover.

Colin Smith, SWA chief executive, said that support for wholesale is likely to build on the Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund established by the Scottish Government this time last year to help wholesalers affected by coronavirus restrictions.

This specially commissioned report by SWA shows that almost three-quarters of Scottish consumers agreed they are concerned about environmental and sustainability issues and unsurprisingly a similar proportion say they are more concerned now than they were three years ago.

Sustainability already influences where consumers shop for groceries – 38% of Scots agree with this statement and this is going to rise in importance as 50% of those asked said it will influence where they shop more in the future.

SWA training provider, Capita Learning has secured funding from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to run a fully funded BCS SCQF Level7 Digital Skills Training Course worth £3k per learner.

The course has been specifically designed to focus on Data Analysis, and data presentation, and is part SWA’s ‘Decarbonisation of The Wholesale Industry’ project plans in helping the wholesale industry on the road to net zero. The course, outlined within the attached document, will give the employee the capability to start and analyse your company’s data – including fleet emissions, route planning & efficiencies, building efficiencies etc.