Booker has become the second wholesaler to host a visit from an MP this month as the FWD’s drive to engage MPs gathers pace.
North Swindon Conservative MP Justin Tomlinson visited his local Booker branch, where he used to be a customer when he was a businessman in the town. He toured the site with general manager Rob Holder and met Booker colleagues and customers.
Tomlinson, a leading member of the All Party Small Shops Group of MPs, agreed to come back to address a group of retailers from Booker’s Premier stores and a similar group of foodservice customers who meet regularly at the branch, which employs around 40 staff and serves 5,500 local businesses.
“It was a really valuable to gain Mr Tomlinson’s views on small businesses,” said Rob Holder. “I thought the session was really useful and I am looking forward to meeting him again at our customer listening groups.”
The visit was part of a Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) initiative to brief MPs on the local and national issues that affect its members.
FWD chief executive James Bielby said: “Mr Tomlinson told us his first ever job was in a newsagent and he clearly has an appreciation of the value of small independent shops. We hope that having seen first hand how the supply chain operates in his constituency, he will be an enthusiastic champion of our cause in Westminster.”