UWS and Filshill the big winners as SWA awards return after two years

United Wholeslale Scotland and JW Filshill were the two big winners of the night as the Scottish wholesale industry returned to Edinburgh for the first time in two years to celebrate the SWA’s Scottish Wholesale Achievers Awards.

United Wholesale Scotland picked up Best Cash & Carry for its depot in Queenslie, Glasgow, Best Technology Initiative and Best Business Initiative.

JW Filshill, meanwhile, saw its health and safety manager Amanda Casey win the Employee of the Year category, Best Symbol Group for KeyStore and Best Delivered Operation – Retail.

Over 400 people attended the Achievers gala dinner and awards presentation, hosted by TV presenter Amy Irons, at the Sheraton Grand, Edinburgh on Thursday, 10 February with the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, Kate Forbes, joining the celebrations and presenting the Rising Star of the Year award, won by Meghan Henderson of Lomond Foods.

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A further 16 categories were up for grabs across retail, foodservice, licensed, technology and community-focused sectors, with Lomond Foods’ Meghan Henderson winning the Rising Star of Wholesale category and was presented by Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, Kate Forbes. Lomond also claimed the top prize in the Best Delivered Operation – Foodservice.

Highlands-based Sutherland Brothers collected the Best Licensed Wholesaler accolade, while the Green Wholesaler of the Year went to Booker before Dundee’s CJ Lang won the Community Service Award.

Colin Smith, SWA chief executive, said: “As well as shining a spotlight on the efforts of Scotland’s wholesalers, our awards recognise the lengths that suppliers and their employees have gone to in supporting their customers and communities during the pandemic.

“That is one of the reasons why these Achievers awards attracted such a high number of entries, both from our longstanding members and from many of the 35 new wholesalers that joined our Association during the pandemic.

“At our last Achievers, in 2019, I spoke about how the industry was witnessing unprecedented change – little did I know that the most unprecedented disruption and change was waiting in the wings.

“But we have worked together as an industry, and the SWA took the lead in fighting for recognition of the impact on our sector, and for equality and fairness in recompensing our members for their losses, ensuring that the Scottish Government recognises wholesale’s key role in the food and drink supply chain.

“It is often said that success is hard won in challenging times and tonight that speaks for itself and we celebrate and acknowledge the resilience and perseverance of our wholesaler and supplier members.”

Full list of winners

Rising Star of Wholesale, sponsored by SWA and Capita
Winner: Meghan Henderson, Lomond Foods
Runner-Up: Alana Taylor, Southeast Traders
Highly Commended: Mohammed Aftab, Batleys Sher Bros
Best Delivered Operation – Retail, sponsored by Budweiser
Winner: JW Filshill
Runner-Up: United Wholesale Scotland
Highly Commended: CJ Lang & Son
Best Licensed Wholesaler, sponsored by Halewood
Winner: Sutherland Brothers
Runner-Up: United Wholesale Scotland
Highly Commended: JW Filshill
Supplier Sales Executive of the Year, sponsored by Unitas Wholesale
Winner: Hazel Boyd, Heineken UK
Runner-Up: Mark Violet, Kepak
Highly Commended: Kay Sims, Halewood Artisanal Spirits
Best Business Initiative, sponsored by Boost Drinks
Winner: United Wholesale Scotland
Runner-Up: Dunns Food and Drinks
Highly Commended: Faílte Foodservice
Best Overall Service, sponsored by SWA
Winner: AG Barr
Runner-Up: JTI UK
Highly Commended: JUUL
Great Place to Work, sponsored by Suntory Beverage & Food
Winner: Faílte Foodservice
Runner-Up: Booker, Dunfermline
Highly Commended: United Wholesale Scotland
Community Service Award, sponsored by Barr Soft Drinks
Winner: CJ Lang & Son
Runner-Up: Williamson Foodservice
Highly Commended: Nisa Retail
Best Delivered Operation – Foodservice, sponsored by Premier Foods
Winner: Lomond Foods
Runner-Up: Faílte Foodservice
Highly Commended: Dunns Food and Drinks
Best Foodservice Supplier, sponsored by SWA
Winner: AG Barr
Runner-Up: Premier Foods
Highly Commended: Mackie’s of Scotland
Best Technology Initiative, sponsored by TWC
Winner: United Wholesale Scotland
Runner-Up: Sutherland Brothers
Highly Commended: JW Filshill
Supplier Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by Bestway
Winner: Millers Larder
Runner-Up: Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
Highly Commended: Heineken UK
Green Wholesaler of the Year, sponsored by JTI
Winner: Booker
Runner-Up: Lomond Foods
Highly Commended: Sutherland Brothers
Best Advertising Campaign, sponsored by SWA
Winner: Tennent’s Lager – Don’t Worry England. We Bottle It Too
Employee of the Year, sponsored by KP Snacks
Winner: Amanda Casey, JW Filshill
Runner-Up: Nicole Robertson, CJ Lang & Son
Highly Commended: Jamie Bowick, Taylor Wholesale
Best Symbol Group, sponsored by JUUL
Winner: JW Filshill, KeyStore
Runner-Up: United Wholesale Scotland, Day-Today
Highly Commended: CJ Lang & Son, SPAR Scotland
Best Cash & Carry, sponsored by Philip Morris Ltd
Winner: United Wholesale Scotland, Queenslie
Runner-Up: Makro/Booker, Edinburgh
Highly Commended: Batleys Edinburgh Bellevue


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Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. He can be found on Twitter at @BW_PaulHill, or contacted via paul.hill@newtrade.co.uk and 07960935659.


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