SPAR Scotland virtual tradeshow showcases the best of Scottish convenience

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The September virtual trade show from SPAR Scotland launched today Thursday 23rd September.

SPAR Scotland hosted its second event on the virtual platform, and retailers were able to place orders with over 160 suppliers until 1st October 2021.

CEO of SPAR Scotland, Colin McLean said: "Given the tremendous success of our first event on the virtual platform, and our decision to hold this tradeshow again virtually, we are delighted to see the format go from strength to strength. 

“The convenience channel continues to remain competitive and the industry as a whole has had some challenges over the last 12 months. However, SPAR in Scotland is in a great place and we are achieving our goal of broadening our reach and distribution around Scotland and we will continue to grow the business and explore new opportunities.

The main stage was packed with presentations throughout the day from Colin McLean and SPAR Scotland Directors with additional exhibitions from some supplier sponsors including Coca Cola, Walkers Pepsico, Elite Mobile, Cold Town Brewery, Snappy Shopper, TWC and Hovis). Updates were also provided by Tobias Wasmuht of SPAR International, Louise Hoste of SPAR UK, the Scottish FA, GroceryAid and SPAR’s national charity partner Marie Curie.   

Over 500 delegates attended from independent SPAR retailers, national accounts, wholesale accounts, prospective retailers, Company Owned Store managers, CJ Lang central teams, SPAR UK, SPAR International, industry bodies and the trade press.

Motivational speaker Andy Grant explained how life will put you in all kinds of challenging situations, but it need not determine you as a person – it’s how you react to these challenges.

There was an added element of fun this year at the SPAR Scotland virtual tradeshow with a Games Room available on the portal. Delegates took part for the chance to win a range of prizes.

“The entire team at SPAR Scotland thanks everyone for taking part and we are looking forward to seeing everyone at our face-to-face event on 22nd September 2022 at the MacDonald hotel and resort in Aviemore,” McLean concluded.

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