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C J Lang & Son Ltd, the SPAR wholesaler for Scotland, hosted a webinar for suppliers on Wednesday 10th June.

The wholesaler took the opportunity to present to its supply base and provided details on how the business has progressed over the course of the last 12 months as well as outlining the pillars on which the future strategy is built.

Over 300 delegates took part in the online webinar which was broken down into five sessions based on trading categories.

Colin McLean, CEO of C J Lang & Son Ltd, said: “The purpose of the event was to update our suppliers on the strong position the business is in. We have gone through a positive transformation over the last couple of years and we wanted to share these results and our future plans with our supply base.

“Our suppliers have worked tirelessly with us over the past few months and we are very grateful for their continued support particularly in these challenging times.

“Our number one priority is safety of our staff, customers and suppliers and everyone’s on-going support is very important to us.

“We have achieved a lot in the last twelve months but we know we still have a lot to achieve.  We are in our ‘back to basics’ phase in our five year strategic growth plan but the results so far are very good. We are developing our relationships with suppliers. We want them to share their NPD with us and let us bring their products to market. We have the stores, the distribution infrastructure and the geographical coverage all over Scotland to allow suppliers to do just that.”

Craig Tedford, Finance Director at CJ Lang provided a business update. “Over the last twelve months SPAR Scotland has grown both wholesale and retail sales achieving increases significantly above the Scottish market. Sales to independent customers have grown by 6% and retail like-for-like sales in company owned stores have grown by 7% as we develop both our customer and consumer offer,” he said.

Trading & marketing updates came from recently appointed Trading Director Richard Collins and Marketing Manager Paula Middleton.

CJ Lang and Son Ltd continue to support communities with almost £10,000 donated over the last 12 weeks to local charities, community groups and foodbanks.

Two major sponsorship deals with the SFA were launched in 2019 and continue in 2020 and beyond helping to raise the profile of SPAR in Scotland.

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