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SGF Helps to Keep Scotland Beautiful

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation has formally announced that it will work alongside environment charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful - to help ensure that proceeds from the 5p single use carrier bag charge collected in convenience stores throughout Scotland supports their customers’ communities.

Following the introduction of the carrier bag charge in Scotland, the Federation’s members have raised significant sums which have, to date, been donated to a range of local charities and other good causes. The new partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful will allow smaller retailers to work together and make sure that the benefits of the carrier bag charge in corner shops are as tangible as the larger supermarket initiatives.

Keep Scotland Beautiful has a long term commitment to use the donated proceeds from the carrier bag charge to further engage local communities Scotland-wide and support local residents efforts to transform, clean-up and green-up their own environments.

Pete Cheema, Chief Executive of SGF, commented:

“The Scottish Grocers Federation has, since the introduction of the carrier bag charge, encouraged retailers to donate the proceeds to good causes that will improve the local environment. The initiative launched today will provide a central platform to allow us to work together, supporting a Scotland-wide environmental campaign.

“By partnering with Keep Scotland Beautiful this will ensure that our retailers will be able to see significant environmental improvements on their own doorstep - benefiting their customers and the communities they serve.”

The partnership cements the relationship formed when the Federation, through its President Abdul Majid, signed a commitment to support the Clean Up Scotland Campaign run by Keep Scotland Beautiful last year. Now Keep Scotland Beautiful has pledged to deliver further environmental improvements with the Federations’ support..

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

There can be little doubt that the introduction of the 5p charge has had a significant effect on shopper behaviour. It has also allowed charities, such as Keep Scotland Beautiful to help transform communities by supporting locally led clean ups and further action on environmental improvements.

“We look forward to deepening our partnership with the Scottish Grocers’ Federation to continue to reach out to local communities across the country and help deliver real changes to help make Scotland cleaner, greener and sustainable.”

 

 

 

 

MSPs Congratulate SGF

The Scottish Parliament has endorsed a motion congratulating SGF on the publication of the first-ever Scottish Local Shop Report. The motion was tabled by Gordon MacDonald MSP of the Edinburgh Pentland constituency and has gathered considerable cross-party support, this could result in a members' debate in the chamber.  The report has been developed as part of SGF's ongoing partnership with ACS. MSPs will receive a copy of the report at an event in the Scottish Parliament in January 2016. 

STARK PICTURE OF IMPACT OF THE LIVING WAGE

Scottish Grocers’ Federation has just completed preliminary analysis of a short members’ survey on the likely impact of the living wage on independent convenience store retailers.

The results, from a snapshot of independent retailers across Scotland,  reveal a stark picture of the potentially disastrous impact of the proposed living wage on jobs and investment in the convenience store industry.  Almost thirty per cent of respondents said that they would be forced to cut staff hours in response to the intended hike in pay to £7.20 per hour. Almost twenty per cent said they would cancel or delay planned investment in their businesses with ten per cent likely to be forced to make redundancies.

 

Commenting on the initial findings, Head of Public Affairs John Lee said,

“If the UK government had consulted with industry or even with the Low Pay Commission it would have been told in no uncertain terms about the folly of introducing such an unaffordable increase in pay. We now have an emerging picture of the likely results: staff hours being cut, investment grinding to a halt and possible redundancies. We will be working with colleagues at the ACS to dissuade the UK government from taking this forward.”

 Lee added that the SGF wil also work towards developing a retailers’ guide to minimising the impact of the living wage. 

 

SGF AND PAYPOINT ANNOUNCE SCOTTISH RETAILERS' FORUM

Scottish Grocers’ Federation and PayPoint have announced the creation of a Scottish Retailers Forum to enhance communications between PayPoint and retailers.

 At a meeting at SGF Headquarters today involving SGF Chief Executive Pete Cheema, Darren Tredgett of PayPoint and senior SGF retailers, it was agreed that the forum would meet twice per year, beginning in early 2016, be chaired by SGF and examine key issues around commission, bank charges, simple payments, fraud and communications. The meeting will take place in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

 

 SGF chief executive Pete Cheema said, 

 

“This is part of our ongoing constructive engagement with PayPoint. The Forum will be a big step forward in improving relations and ensuring that both side understand the issues and challenges they face. It will also be a big step towards finding workable solutions to these challenges.”

PayPoint’s Darren Tredgett commented,

 

“We are keen to engage with all of our retailers to understand their businesses and help them profit from having PayPoint in store. It's fantastic that we can work closely together with the SGF to establish the Scottish Retailers Forum and we're looking forward to having constructive discussions and joining forces on addressing the key challenges facing retailers.”

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