- Created: Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:37
A History: 1993 - 2018.
Ensuring a sustainable and prosperous convenience industry in Scotland
A History: 1993 - 2018.
SGF is delighted to announce a significant leap forwarding its long-term goal of creating a safer and more secure in-store retail environment. On 22nd January, Edinburgh Southern MSP Daniel Johnson – the Scottish Labour Party frontbench spokesperson on Justice - formally launched a new proposal to protect shopworkers. The Labour MSP has now opened a consultation into his proposal, which would create new offences regarding shopworkers and others who are involved in the sale and supply of age-restricted good and services. Mr Johnson has had support from trade union Usdaw, and the Scottish Grocers Federation in the preparation of the consultation. The consultation marks the first stage of a parliamentary process which could see a draft bill being voted on by MSPs towards the end of 2018.
Daniel Johnson MSP said:
“I am pleased to be launching the consultation for a bill which will provide additional protection to workers. The issue of violence and abuse against workers continues to grow, and many workers have told me that they now see it as just part of the job. My bill aims to provide legislative solutions, by creating new offences for those who assault or abuse workers.
“I would encourage anyone who can to contribute to the consultation at www.notpartofthejob.com and have their say on how we can protect workers.
“I am delighted that the proposal has the support of both Usdaw and the Scottish Grocers Federation, and I want to thank them for their support in getting to this stage. As the bill makes its way through the Parliamentary process, I hope that breadth of support continues.”
Pete Cheema, chief executive of Scottish Grocers Federation said:
“the launch of the consultation is the culmination of an intense period of hard work by Daniel and we are fully behind this proposal. This represents a once-in-generation opportunity to make shops in Scotland safer for staff, customers and communities. This is something everyone in Scotland should support. We would urge all our members and key stakeholders to respond positively to it.”.
The consultation runs for twelve weeks and the responses will be analysed by the Scottish Parliament and used to inform a draft Bill.
A new £250,000 capital investment programme to support small independent grocers introduce Food to Go stations within their stores has been announced by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.
Food to Go stations offer a range of fresh hot and cold food and drink to customers and the Scottish Government-backed fund will provide small grants covering 50% of the cost of re-fitting the store, new equipment and displays as part of our efforts to support small businesses.
Speaking at the Scottish Grocers Federation Conference, Mr Ewing said:
“Many of our small independent and family run convenience stores are operating in a very competitive trading environment and are having to adapt and innovate to continue to meet changing consumer behaviours. One such way of doing this is through the introduction of Food to Go stations, which entices customers into the store and generates a new income stream.
“Food to Go is fast becoming a growth market for many retailers but introducing the offer comes at an additional cost which can present a challenge to small independent grocers who are already operating on tight margins. This competitive fund will provide some much-needed support to those who want to diversify and expand their offer to consumers. It will also provide a great opportunity to further showcase the best of Scottish produce and encourage a shift towards healthier options”.
Welcoming the news SGF chief executive Pete Cheema said:
“We are delighted by this announcement from Mr Ewing. The Scottish Government is making an unprecedented investment in the independent convenience store sector in Scotland. This will ensure that retailers can respond to the changing needs and expectations of customers by providing a high-quality food-to–go offering with a strong focus on healthy eating options.”
The investment programme will be administered by the Scottish Grocers Federation. The Scottish Government will work with the Scottish Grocers Federation over the next few months to design the criteria for the programme and we will look to open the Programme for applications early in 2018.
Scottish Grocer’s’ Federation (SGF) has announced the new appointment of Pete Cheema, their Chief Executive, to the Board of Directors of Scotland’s Town Partnership (STP).
STP is Scotland’s largest towns hub; representing and promoting the diversity of Scotland’s towns and places, and supporting those organisations and groups that have an interest in or ownership of them. There are almost 500 towns in Scotland.
Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of STP said: "The convenience store is the mainstay of our town centres, SGF's membership of 5,300 shops and the wider supply chain covers every town in Scotland and we welcome this positive collaboration. Over the last couple of years Pete and his team have driven real positive change for their members and Pete's knowledge of the sector is second to none."
Pete Cheema said: “I am delighted to join the STP Board, they are Scotland’s key agency for supporting town centres, promoting investment, development and connectivity. I look forward to contributing to the Board and strengthening the partnership between STP and SGF.”
SGF and STP are joining forces to deliver the SGF Study Tour on the 21st September, looking at business investment in Scotland’s towns. SGF recently launched its own planning gateway which allows members to maximise investment and planning opportunities. This is a service to their members which gives quick access to their local development plan and all planning applications which are live in their locality