The Scottish Grocers’ Federation has moved quickly to respond to the new political landscape in Scotland. The SNP’s stunning success means that there are now 50 new Scottish MPs at Westminster. The Federation will directly contact all of the new MPs highlighting the impact independent convenience stores have on the local and national economy. Crucially the mailshot will give every MP a breakdown of the number of convenience stores in their constituency, the jobs they provide and will encourage the new members to get out and visit local stores.
The constituency-level information is derived from ACS’ Local Shop Report. SGF’s ongoing partnership with ACS has enabled Scotland-specific statistics to be broken down from the Local Shop Report. SGF is convinced that this is type of localised data will be vital in engaging with and informing MPs.
Commenting on the election result SGF Chief Executive Pete Cheema said,
This is a remarkable result . Until now it was impossible to think that the Labour Party in Scotland would be reduced to having the same number of seats as the Tories! If we see this support for the SNP continuing it could pave the way for another referendum after the Scottish election in 2020. SGF’s ability to engage with and influence both Scottish MPs and members of the Scottish Parliament means that it is now more import than ever for suppliers, symbol groups and retailers to engage with and support the Federation.