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

  • Guidance on Minimum Unit Pricing +

    Download here.   Read More
  • Minimum Unit Pricing Calculator +

    From 1st May 2018 retailers will no longer be legally allowed to sell alcohol below 50 pence per unit. Enter Read More
  • SGF Centenary Book +

    A History: 1993 - 2018. Click here to view.   Read More
  • Once In a Generation Opportunity to Protect Shop Workers +

    SGF is delighted to announce a significant leap forwarding its long-term goal of creating a safer and more secure in-store Read More
  • Major New Funding to Support Independent Convenience Stores +

    A new £250,000 capital investment programme to support small independent grocers introduce Food to Go stations within their stores has Read More
  • 1

News Archive



Subscribe to our mailing list