The Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) has announced that wholesaler Bestway has agreed to become a member of the Federation.
Bestway, which has 63 Bestway and Batleys depots, also operates the Best-One symbol group with the SGF saying that group will significantly increase its membership and allow the two organisations to work together for the benefit of their members.
SGF Chief Executive Pete Cheema commented: “This is a major step forward for the independent convenience store sector in Scotland and for SGF. We are delighted that Bestway has agreed to come on board and we extend a warm welcome to every Best-One retailer in Scotland. This means that every major symbol group is now a member of SGF and we are now genuinely the authoritative voice of the industry in Scotland.”
James Hall, Symbol & Club Director at Bestway Wholesale added: “Over the past year, Best-one has seen significant growth in Scotland with sales up by 15%. Scotland is a major growth area for the group and we are proud of the support we offer members in all areas of retailing. In joining the SGF, I believe that members will benefit significantly from being part of a proactive and forward-thinking trade body. I look forward to this being the beginning of a long and fruitful association which will not only help Best-one members gain valuable insight and information, but also give them the opportunity to help shape the future convenience retail landscape in Scotland.”