These are uncertain times, but they also offer opportunities…

Following the EU referendum last week, there is real uncertainty in the country and the economy, but this uncertainty also gives the wholesale industry and its partners some real opportunitties.

So said FWD chief executive James Bielby, opening yesterday’s Federation Conference, which was held at the National Football Centre in Burton-on-Trent.

“Governments tend to listen more in times of uncertainty,” said Bielby, who added that the FWD’s lobbying and public affairs work – particularly on the National Living Wage, the sugar tax and others, would continue apace, to ensure the concerns of wholesalers were heard and acted upon. In addition, the Federation would be working to ensure that successful initiatives such as the AWRS and the Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme were followed through.

“Our Sunday trading victory earlier this year was a real win for the sector and shows that lobbying can work,” he said.

There will be full and comprehensive coverage of the FWD Conference in the July issue of Wholesale News.

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