United Wholesale (Scotland), the Glasgow-based delivered wholesaler and cash and carry, has been named the best wholesale business in Scotland at the prestigious Scottish Wholesale Achievers awards.
Achievers, now in its 16th year and organised by the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA), recognises professionalism and excellence across all sectors of the wholesale industry in Scotland.
United Wholesale (Scotland), which operates depots at Queenslie in the east end of Glasgow, Maxwell Road in the city’s southside and M9 Cash & Carry near Grangemouth, fended off stiff competition from businesses the length and breadth of Scotland to win the sought-after Champion of Champions accolade, this year sponsored by JTI.
It also won three other categories: Best Cash & Carry, sponsored by Mondelez International, for its Queenslie depot; Best Licensed Operation, sponsored by Whyte & Mackay; and Best Symbol Group, sponsored by Philip Morris International, for Day-Today.
In addition, United was runner-up in Best Delivered Operation (Retail), sponsored by Halewood International and Best Marketing Initiative, sponsored by Quorn Foods. The wholesaler was also Highly Commended in the Great Place to Work category, sponsored by Premier Foods.
Another big winner was Glasgow-based JW Filshill. The wholesaler, supplier to KeyStore outlets across Scotland and the north of England, won Best Delivered Operation (Retail), sponsored by Halewood International and Best Marketing Initiative, sponsored by Quorn Foods, for its ‘Leading the Way’ video series to encourage best-in-class behaviours and drive staff and customer loyalty.
Filshill was also runner-up in two award categories – Best Symbol Group, sponsored by Philip Morris International and Best Licensed Operation, sponsored by Whyte & Mackay.
Meanwhile, Bidfood Scotland won the Great Place to Work category, sponsored by Premier Foods. It also won Best Delivered Operation (Foodservice), sponsored by AG Barr.
In the key Employee of the Year category, sponsored by Pritchitts, the top accolade went to Irene McLaughlin, head of administration at Fáilte Group in Glasgow. Runner-up was Catherine Donaldson, delivery supervisor at Booker Dundee while Kelly Lawson, operations administrator at Brakes, was Highly Commended.
We’ll have more on The Achievers in the March issue of Wholesale News, and a list of the supplier awards on this site tomorrow.