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Forecourt to the Fore as SGF and Certas Link Up

Certas Energy has announced a tie-up with the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) as it looks to further strengthen its retail business. With a Scottish network of 24 company-owned forecourts, convenience stores have become a significant part of the Certas Energy retail portfolio. The company recognises the benefits of working more closely with the major symbol groups and the most successful independent retailers to increase knowledge and refine best practises.

“Being involved with the SGF will enable us to gain invaluable knowledge across a wide range of areas including new technologies, health and safety and security.” confirms Colin Levy, Retail Operations Manager, Certas Energy. “This will not only benefit our own forecourt operation but allow us to share best practises and market intelligence with Gulf Dealers across the UK.”

SGF currently has a membership of over 3000 stores. Membership includes all the major symbol groups and co-ops currently operating in Scotland . As part of the new agreement, all of Certas Energy’s 24 forecourts will become SGF members.

“We know how important forecourt retailing is to the future of the independent convenience store industry in Scotland,” explains Pete Cheema, Chief Executive, SGF. “We are delighted to launch this highly innovative partnership with Certas Energy and we look forward to welcoming our new forecourt retailing colleagues on board.”

 Certas Energy is the largest independent fuel and lubricant distributors in the UK, serving 1,200 service stations including over 500 Gulf branded forecourts.

New Hotline Helps Retailers Make Sense of Licensing

The Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF), in partnership with TLT, has launched two new legal hotlines to provide members with advice on the myriad of licensing and employment issues faced by retailers.

The hotline service will be run by TLT's licensing partner Stephen McGowan; licensing legal director Niall Hassard; employment partner Jonathan Rennie; and employment solicitor Aileen Irvine. SGF members will receive a free initial consultation through the hotlines, with a discounted rate for additional follow up legal services. Other free benefits to members include a licence health check, legal bulletins and access to TLT seminars.

TLT's Stephen McGowan, partner and head of licensing (Scotland), said:

"This legal service is now available to SGF members across the country. We are delighted to be on board with SGF to offer commercial and practical advice to their members."

CEO of SGF, Pet Cheema, said:

"Trying to grasp the myriad of licensing, employment and other regulations is a huge concern for many businesses. Partnering with TLT underlines our commitment to offer our members real value on benefits, which are important to them. We know TLT understand and work closely with many retailers across the UK and we look forward to working with them."

SGF members can use the free hotlines now:

Licensing: 0333 006 1996

Employment Law: 0333 006 1995

New Partnership With RBS Gives Retailers Expert Advice

Scottish Grocers’ Federation is delighted to announce the launch of a partnership with RBS Mentor which will deliver significant benefits to SGF members and their businesses. RBS Mentor is an advisory, support and consultancy service, providing expert guidance to help businesses manage their regulatory and compliance obligations.  Mentor provides support on issues relating to employment law and HR, health and safety and environmental management, as well as offering specialist payroll solutions.

To introduce convenience store retailers to the support available from Mentor, all SGF members will be able to take advantage of an introductory offer of a free two month trial of the Mentor Service. Mentor’s services are provided by qualified, experienced consultants, who will take the time to get to know retailers.

SGF Chief Executive Pete Cheema said,

“A key aim for us in 2016 is to ramp up the expert advice and guidance services we can offer to our members. Our new partnership with RBS Mentor is a significant step forward in achieving this aim and I would encourage all our members to take full advantage of this superb offer.”

Chis Coltham of RBS Mentor commented, 

 

“We are delighted to be working with the SGF and the grocery sector in Scotland. This new partnership will help to support SGF members with key activities in running their business and we look forward to building our relationship.”

Bestway and SGF Join Forces

Scottish Grocers’ Federation is delighted to announce that Bestway - one of the UK’s largest independent food wholesale groups with 63 Bestway and Batleys branches - has agreed to become a member of the Federation.

Bestway operates Best-One, a thriving and forward-looking convenience store symbol group, which will significantly increase SGF’s membership and allow the two organisations to work together for the benefit of their members.

SGF Chief Executive Pete Cheema had this to say,

“This is a major step forward for the independent convenience store sector in Scotland and for SGF. We are delighted that Bestway has agreed to come on board and we extend a warm welcome to every Best-One retailer in Scotland. This means that every major symbol group is now a member of SGF and we are now genuinely the authoritative voice of the industry in Scotland.”

James Hall, Symbol & Club Director at Bestway Wholesale added, “Over the past year, Best-one has seen significant growth in Scotland with sales up by 15%. Scotland is a major growth area for the group and we are proud of the support we offer members in all areas of retailing. In joining the SGF, I believe that members will benefit significantly from being part of a proactive and forward-thinking trade body. I look forward to this being the beginning of a long and fruitful association which will not only help Best-one members gain valuable insight and information, but also give them the opportunity to help shape the future convenience retail landscape in Scotland.”

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  • Forecourt to the Fore as SGF and Certas Link Up +

    Certas Energy has announced a tie-up with the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) as it looks to further strengthen its retail Read More
  • New Hotline Helps Retailers Make Sense of Licensing +

    The Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF), in partnership with TLT, has launched two new legal hotlines to provide members with advice Read More
  • New Partnership With RBS Gives Retailers Expert Advice +

    Scottish Grocers’ Federation is delighted to announce the launch of a partnership with RBS Mentor which will deliver significant benefits Read More
  • Bestway and SGF Join Forces +

    Scottish Grocers’ Federation is delighted to announce that Bestway - one of the UK’s largest independent food wholesale groups with 63 Read More
  • Support Grows For protecting Shopworkers +

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