The convenience sector has played a key role in supporting customers and communities throughout the COVID-19 crisis, but often this has come at a great cost. Working with our key partners, Scottish Grocers Federation wants to ensure convenience stores get the support they need.
The SGF Retailer Support Fund has now been established to provide direct financial assistance to retailers and their families. The creation of the fund has been made possible by an initial – and very significant – contribution by key SGF partner Camelot. The Fund has now been given additional and very welcome contributions from key SGF members Bobby’s Foods, Hancocks, Shoply, Tunnocks and Towergate Insurance.
Camelot's Retail Director, Jenny Blogg, commented:
“We're delighted to be able to make a donation to the SGF Retailer Support Fund. Our retail partners have always been there for us over the past 25 years, so we're honoured to be in a position to help them out at this challenging time.
"I want to take this opportunity to thank SGF members for the continued support they have shown to Camelot, The National Lottery and the Good Causes it supports - particularly over the last few months. Good Cause funding has never been more crucial than it is now, as The National Lottery helps the UK respond to, and recover from, the COVID-19 crisis. In total, up to £600 million in National Lottery funding is being directed towards UK charities and organisations to help tackle the impact of COVID-19."
SGF chief executive Dr Pete Cheema OBE said,
“We are immensely grateful for the tremendous response from our key partners and members. They have shown how willing they are to support our industry during a time of unprecedented crisis. The fund will provide invaluable help to those in need.”