Promoting Responsible Community Retailing by Lobbying, Communication, Networking and Advice.

Ensuring a sustainable and prosperous convenience industry in Scotland

Commenting on measures announced by the Chancellor in the Budget, John Drummond, Chief Executive of the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) said,

“The increase in duty on alcohol and tobacco was predictable. Duty increases play into the hands of “white van man” by fuelling the black market in tobacco and alcohol. This will have a negative impact on sales for legitimate retailers.

“Many of our members were concerned about proposals to increase fuel duty by three pence per litre. The proposal to phase in the increase will offer some relief.

“SGF remain disappointed that the Chancellor is proceeding with the planned increase in National Insurance Contributions. Employment costs are one of the biggest expenses for small shops. We believe during these challenging economic times the Government should be taking steps to encourage retailers to invest in additional staff and training rather than increasing the pressure on small shops.”

Latest News

  • SGF Launches Local Shop Report In Parliament +

    Leaders of the main political parties in Scotland and a former First Minister attended the parliamentary launch by SGF of Read More
  • MSPs Show Support For SGF Food Bank Project +

    MSPs have shown their support for the recently launched pilot project to enable SGF members and their customers to support Read More
  • C-Stores to Benefit From Refit Funding Grants +

    Scotland’s convenience store sector is set to benefit from a £100,000 energy efficiency boost thanks to the announcement of new Read More
  • SGF Helps to Keep Scotland Beautiful +

    The Scottish Grocers’ Federation has formally announced that it will work alongside environment charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful - to help ensure Read More
  • MSPs Congratulate SGF +

    The Scottish Parliament has endorsed a motion congratulating SGF on the publication of the first-ever Scottish Local Shop Report. The Read More
  • 1

News Archive

Subscribe to our mailing list