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It was an evening of great celebration for CJ Lang last night, who were crowned best wholesale business at the prestigious Scottish Wholesale Achievers awards! http://www.scottishwholesale.co.uk/

The awards are created and organised by the Scottish Wholesale Association, and recognise professionalism and excellence across all sectors of the industry in Scotland.

CJ Lang fought off stiff competition from wholesalers all over the country to win the sought-after ‘Champion of Champions’ award (sponsored by tobacco company Philip Morris). The award was the pinnacle of an exceptional evening which saw CJ Lang win a raft of awards categories, to include Best Symbol Group (sponsored by Cott Beverages)and Best Delivered Operation (sponsored by Imperial Tobacco). ‘Shop and Win’ was also a worthy runner-up in the Best Marketing Initiative category, designed to drive footfall in store.

Judges pointed to CJ Lang's "passion and commitment to their business", with Karen Murray, regional sales manager at Philip Morris, saying: "The market is very competitive in Scotland and this year's Champion of Champions displayed a great winning mindset throughout, demonstrating best practice in many areas. This wholesaler is clearly always looking to improve its business."

Duncan Cunningham, head of corporate and legal affairs at Imperial Tobacco UK, said that CJ Lang "stood out as an example of best practice". He explained: "This company's highly professional approach to wholesaling was demonstrated by the sophisticated processes and systems it has in place, along with a commitment to continuous customer service improvement."
At Cott, judges Julie Kelly, Scotland wholesale manager and Melanie Morrisey, wholesale and field sales controller, praised CJ Lang's ability to turn challenges into an opportunity to raise standards within SPAR, and hailed the company's symbol standards as "world-class".

Kate Salmon, executive director of the Edinburgh-based Scottish Wholesale Association, commented: "This is an outstanding result for CJ Lang, one of our sector's leading independent, family-owned business. The company has set a very high benchmark for our industry and we should all be inspired by its desire to keep on improving standards.

"What CJ Lang has also done, however, is show that it is not afraid to embrace change by adopting new technologies and using them to its best advantage. It is a wholesaler that is bold and confident about the future of our industry - and that truly is something to celebrate.

"Achievers encourages wholesalers to push boundaries, be innovative and challenge the perceptions of our industry as the multiple retail sector's poor relation," Salmon continued. "Indeed, the high standards and professionalism we've witnessed throughout this competition confirm to our suppliers that our sector is a force to be reckoned with.

Almost 500 people attended the Achievers gala dinner and awards presentation, which took place at the luxury Sheraton Grand hotel in Edinburgh