SWA Chief Executive Colin Smith at the Economy and Fair Work Committee
SWA Chief Executive Colin Smith with Mairi Gougeon MSP.

Following our Chief Executive’s Public Procurement evidence session in the Scottish Parliament yesterday morning, Mairi Gougeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, met with Colin Smith and Jayne Swanson, Head of Public Affairs at SWA, to discuss the wholesale sector’s outlook for 2024.

This included the cost pressures being faced from the rise in the national living wage, erosion of margin and concerns about UK Government’s proposals for ‘Not For EU’ labelling and what this would mean for Scottish wholesalers, suppliers and producers.

They also discussed the Scottish Government investment in the SWA ‘Delivering Growth Through Wholesale’ programme. With initial findings showing 238 new Scottish product listings, formed through 59 new wholesale partnerships, during the past 18 months.