SGF Annual Conference 2013
Conference will take place on Thursday 10th October 2013 at the prestigious Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh.
This will be the first of our new look one-day conference and we have put together a first class programme to match the new format. The day will be chaired by TV and radio personality Kaye Adams, and we will hold our very own ‘Call Kaye’ session, debating the key issues affecting our sector:
q Is Scotland being turned into a ‘Nanny State’ by increased government legislation, and
q How is the constant plague of crime perpetrated against our members affecting their businesses.
Our expert panel includes Donald Henderson, Head of Public Health Policy, the Scottish Government; Dr. Colette Backwell, Director of Scottish Food and Drink; Gary Ritchie, Assistant Director with the Scottish Business Crime Centre; Jim McFedries, Head of Profit Protection at Scotmid and our very own Chief Executive, John Drummond.
We have an excellent line up of speakers during the day: Darcy Willson-Rymer, the CEO of Costcutter Supermarkets; Philippe Rondepierre, Head of Marketing with SPAR UK, Jim McCarthy, CE of Poundland and Prof. Leigh Sparks of Stirling University.
Our keynote speaker for the day will be Martin Glenn, recently appointed CEO of United Biscuits who has in the past led companies such as Pepsico UK and Birds Eye.
SGF RETAIL EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2013
SGF Business Information Forum
SGF’s Business Information Seminar on the 21st February provided delegates with an extremely joined-up and relevant programme, bringing together key speakers from across the UK. The event strongly related research and policy to the on-the-ground experience of retailers and suppliers.
The speakers were:
Mark Thomson, Business Unit Director with Kantar Worldpanel; John Lee, Public Affairs Adviser with SGF; Iain Wilson of Nisa Extra in Dundee; Shane Brennan, Public Affairs Director with the Association of Convenience Stores; Tom Johnston, Senior Partner with Young & Partners; Matt Eastwood, Serve Legal Commercial Manager; Gregor Urquhart, Communications Director, Young Scot and Inspector Gary Ritchie, Assistant Director with the Scottish Business Crime Centre.
Please contact SGF for a copy of the presentations.
Updated SGF Events Schedule 2013
SGF are delighted to announce our schedule of events for 2013. We have taken the opportunity to completely refresh our calendar. The dates are as follows:
|Thursday 21st February||SGF Retail Seminar|
|Thursday 25th April||SGF Study Tour|
|Tuesday 21st May||SGF Independence Debate - McDonald Holyrood Hotel|
|Wednesday 5th June||SGF Golf Day - Drumoig Golf Course|
|Wednesday 9th October||SGF Study Tour|
|Wednesday 9th October||Gold Members Evening|
|Thursday 10th October||
SGF Conference and Retail Excellence Awards
Further details on the above events will be announced in due course, however if you would like any further details please feel free to contact SGF on 0131 343 3300.
Make Your Way to Healthier Profits
More convenience stores than ever before are now involved in the SGF Healthy Living Programme. Seventy people attended this event and those present were offered an insight into how to improve the healthier food option within their stores.
For further information on the SGF Healthy Living Programme, contact SGF on 0131 343 3300.