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Spar Scotland hailed as Symbol Group of the Year

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Dundee-based retailer and wholesaler Spar Scotland was named SLR Symbol Group of the Year at last night’s Scottish Local Retailer of the Year Awards 2021.


Organised by Scottish Local Retailer, Scotland’s leading magazine for community stores, the Awards saw dozens of retailers and symbol groups from across the country recognised and rewarded for their heroic efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic, helping keep communities stocked with daily essentials and proving a focal point for the many customers who came to rely on them more than ever before.


Operated by the 102 year old business CJ Lang & Son, Spar Scotland services around 350 community stores in Scotland and was hailed by the judging panel as “a very fine example of a Scottish world-class business.”


Spar Scotland has been transformed in the last three years by CEO Colin McLean and his new management team and only yesterday announced its latest set of accounts showing turnover up almost 10% and profits up to £3m. 


It was the company’s efforts over the last year specifically that were recognised at last night’s ceremony. 


SLR Publisher Antony Begley commented: “It’s no exaggeration to say that just a few short years ago, Spar Scotland was in very poor shape with many observers wondering whether the business would even survive. What Colin McLean and his team have achieved in such a short space of time is nothing short of remarkable – and that was fully understood and recognised by our experienced judging panel who share over 260 years’ combined experience in the local retailing sector.


“Despite the enormous pressures and challenges of Covid, Spar Scotland has stuck to its original five-year recovery plan and has delivered year-on-year growth with 2020 being a particularly successful year and praise must go to every one of the 1,700 staff at Spar Scotland. 

“There is hardly a community in Scotland that hasn’t benefited directly from that vision, commitment and passion over the last 18 months. The sleeping giant has re-awoken and the team at the company have built a remarkably solid platform upon which to build long into the future.”

Store Name

Retailer Name

Category

SPAR Scotland

 

Symbol Group of the Year

SPAR Scotland

 

Symbol Group - Community Initiative of the Year

SPAR Falkirk

 Anand Cheema 

Young Scottish Local Retailer of the Year

SPAR  Falkirk

Anand Cheema

Food to Go Retailer of the Year

SPAR  Coylton

Chris McCallum

Fresh & Chilled Retailer of the Year

SPAR  Renfrew

Saleem Sadiq

Soft Drinks Retailer of the Year

SPAR  Falkirk

Anand Cheema

Vaping & Nicotine Replacement Retailer of the Year

SPAR  Coylton

Chris McCallum

Refit of the Year

SPAR  Falkirk

Anand Cheema

Refit of the Year

SPAR  Coylton

Chris McCallum

Sustainability Retailer of the Year

SPAR Renfrew

Saleem Sadiq

Team of the Year



Full list of winners can be found at www.slrawards.com

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