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SGF Delighted to Announce New Partnership with Cobbs Bakery

Scottish Grocer’s Federation is delighted to announce a new partnership with Cobbs Bakery a truly Highland company which has grown rapidly from their original acquisition of a farmhouse bakery in 2002.

Cobbs Cakes are hand-baked to traditional recipes in the Highlands of Scotland. Their range of wholesale products offer something for everyone from round cutting cakes, traybakes and muffins to shortbread, cupcakes and biscuits. Cobbs also have gluten-free and vegan options perfectly blending tradition with the needs of modern consumers.

While still based in the Loch Ness-side village of Drumnadrochit Cobbs distribute their home-baked cakes throughout Scotland and the North of England. Cobbs wholesale Bakery is part of the Cobbs Group whose portfolio also includes hotels, restaurants, coffee houses, and gift shops.

SGF chief executive Pete Cheema said: “We are delighted to welcome Cobbs Bakery into the Federation. Customers now more than ever want choice, quality and a tailored food offering which appeals to them. The wide range of hand-made bakery products made by the bakers and decorators at Cobbs is sure to appeal to customers throughout the convenience sector. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Business Development Director William Cameron said: “As the founding Director and now Business Development Director of Cobbs I and the company are delighted to be joining forces with SGF. It has always been our policy to both join with and develop collaborative partnerships and from past experience nearly all have both enhanced our business and contributed to our fellow partners. I am sure the same ethos will be adopted with SGF.”

SGF Delighted to Announce New Partnership with Gorilla Glue and O’Keeffe’s Company

Scottish Grocer’s Federation is delighted to announce a new partnership with leading brands Gorilla Glue and O’Keeffe’s Company, which offer a range of adhesive and hardworking skin care products.

Gorilla Glue has been selling its highly popular Gorilla Glue products for over a decade with offerings including, Original Gorilla Glue, Gorilla Tape, Gorilla Super Glue, Gorilla Wood Glue, Gorilla Epoxy and the Gorilla Sealant range.

O’Keeffe’s have been developing skin care solutions for people with dry skin for over 20 years and today offer a range of high-quality skin care products including O’Keeffe’s Working Hands hand cream, O’Keeffe’s for Healthy Feet foot cream and exfoliating cream, O’Keeffe’s Lip Repair lip balms and O’Keeffe’s Skin Repair body lotion.

There are almost 5,000 convenience stores in Scotland - with the value of sales in the sector reaching over £4 billion - who serve a wide customer base and do so successfully by diversifying the range of products offered to customers, in even the most remote of locations.

SGF chief executive Pete Cheema OBE said, “I am delighted to welcome both Gorilla Glue and O’Keeffe’s Company into the Federation. The convenience sector operates in a hypercompetitive market place where customers demand high-quality products at a competitive price. The product range and high-quality offerings by both companies are sure to be popular with customers. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Sales Director for Gorilla Glue and O’Keeffe’s Company, Matt Clegg, said: “We are looking forward to offering these incredible brands to convenience stores across Scotland. Our focus is on finding out what works for local stores and delivering it and we know that with both Gorilla Glue and O’Keeffe’s products we can do just that!”

Loomis and Scottish Grocers Federation in Partnership

Scottish Grocers Federation is delighted to announce a new partnership with Loomis, the UK’s leading cash management specialist.

Loomis has become one of SGF’s key member companies in a move which will be of real benefit to SGF retail members.

Loomis supports businesses with crucial cash collection and delivery services, intelligent smart safes, foreign currency, cash in transit and cash processing solutions.

There are almost 5,000 convenience stores in Scotland, with the value of sales in the sector reaching some £4 billion – a significant amount of that in cash.

SGF chief executive Pete Cheema OBE said, “We are delighted to welcome Loomis into the Federation. Effective and secure cash management is vital to our members.”

“Despite the reported dominance of card payments, 76% of transactions in convenience stores is still in cash. The SGF and Loomis will work together to develop tailored solutions to support Convenience in Scotland.”

Patrik Högberg, Loomis Managing Director added, “Loomis has long supported businesses throughout Scotland with essential cash management solutions. We see this partnership with SGF as a doubling-down on our long-term commitment to support Scottish Convenience retailers."

“We firmly believe that it is the members of the SGF who will benefit most from this alliance and at Loomis, we are absolutely convinced that not only will our solutions drive the future of money in Scotland – they will safeguard it too!”

 

 

SGF Best Trade Association

In 2018 the Scottish Grocers’ Federation celebrated its centenary year and it proved to be an incredibly successful and productive 12 months and this has continued. - SGF was delighted to recently receive a Global Business Insight Award in the category of ‘Best Trade Association – 2018’.

The Global Business Insight Awards celebrate business leadership, innovation in finance and investment and sector success across all seven continents of the world.

Votes are gathered year-round via a number of digital channels and then evaluated employing a transparent and dynamic framework. The judges of the Global Business Insight Awards are highly experienced and diverse; the panel are made up of transnational and multi-lingual appointed individuals whose backgrounds span a host of different disciplines such as European languages, journalism, history, media and not least business.

Pete Cheema commented,

“I am delighted that the SGF has been recognised with this prestigious award and it is particularly pleasing that SGF won in the ‘Best Trade Association’ category. This is further acknowledgment that the SGF is the authoritative voice for the convenience store industry in Scotland and is a successful, influential and well-respected trade organisation among government, policy makers and of course the retail industry.

It is also further recognition of how much SGF has changed over the past 3 years and of course we could not have done this without the support of our retail, wholesale and suppliers members. In 2019, we look forward to continuing our important work of ensuring a sustainable and prosperous convenience industry in Scotland.”

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