HMRC is encouraging all Scottish Wholesale Association members to report any concerns they have regarding alcohol fraud or dishonest practices within the industry.
Wholesalers in Scotland are urging the Scottish Government to look closely at the findings of a newly published report from Australia which shows that the market in illicit tobacco in the country has risen significantly since the introduction of plain packaging in December 2012.
Almost 35,000 litres of illicit beer, wine and spirits have been seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as alcohol taskforce officers continue to target illegal sales across Scotland.
Consumers in Glasgow are being encouraged to swap their usual tipple for a lower alcohol version as part of a pilot campaign launched this week by the Scottish Government Alcohol Industry Partnership (SGAIP).
The groundbreaking mentoring programme, launched by the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) under its new Mentoring Trust, is now well under way with the first individuals participating in the high-profile industry initiative already benefiting from one-to-one sessions with their mentors.
THE much-acclaimed trade guide for independent retailers and wholesalers selling tobacco, produced earlier this year by leading industry trade associations the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) and the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF), has now been launched as a free iPhone/iPad App on iTunes.
Leading convenience store operator, JW Filshill, owner of the KeyStore brand, has formed a partnership with the Clydebank Co-operative Society to open a jointly brand convenience store in Glasgow’s West End.
Scotland has a “wealth of assets at its disposal” when it comes to food and drink, according to John Forteith of the Oban-based wholesaler, Forteith Foodservice (3663 Alba).
Training and the importance of mentoring within its programme will form a key strand of the Scottish Wholesale Association’s focus over the next year, it was revealed at the trade body's annual conference at Crieff at the weekend (June 14-16).
Asim Sarwar, managing director of the Glasgow-based United Wholesale (Scotland) group, has been confirmed as the new president of the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA), succeeding George Benson.