Two new awards up for grabs in Scottish Wholesale Achievers 2020 – enter now!

Wholesalers are urged to submit their entries for Scottish Wholesale Achievers 2020, the much-lauded industry initiative created by the Scottish Wholesale Association with two new awards joining the line-up – Rising Star of Wholesale, open to employees aged 26 and under, and Green Wholesaler of the Year.

Scottish Wholesale Achievers, now in its 18th year, aims to raise standards and reward outstanding performance across the trade in Scotland. Any wholesaler with a depot in Scotland may enter the competition.

In a change to the previous format, there will be no Champion of Champions award presented in 2020. The closing date for entries is Friday, 26 July 2019, so don’t delay!

Colin Smith, SWA Chief Executive, said: “We’re refreshing Achievers for 2020 in response to feedback from wholesalers and sponsors, and to reflect the areas of business that are most important to our members.

“Our new Rising Star of Wholesale award particularly reflects the SWA’s commitment to nurture emerging talent and enhance skills within our industry, raise standards and promote wholesale as a viable career path.

“Meanwhile, the decision to introduce our Green Wholesaler of the Year award, sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland, chimes with the ongoing work by Scottish wholesalers to reduce their carbon footprint via a number of measures, from upgrading to lower-emission HGV fleets and increasing recycling to improving sustainability across all areas of their business.” 

The categories for 2020 are:

Wholesaler Awards

  • Best Cash & Carry (sponsored by JTI)
  • Best Delivered Operation – Retail (sponsor TBC)
  • Best Delivered Operation – Foodservice (sponsored by Pritchitts)
  • Best Symbol Group (sponsored by JUUL)
  • Employee of the Year (sponsored by Philip Morris)
  • Best Marketing Initiative (sponsored by Premier Foods)
  • Best Licensed Wholesaler (sponsored by Halewood Wines & Spirits)
  • Great Place to Work (sponsored by AG Barr)

Rising Star of Wholesale (sponsored by SWA)

This is open to employees aged 26 years or under

Green Wholesaler of the Year (sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland)

Supplier Awards

  • Best Overall Service
  • Best Foodservice Supplier
  • Best Advertising Campaign
  • Project Scotland

Suppliers’ Sales Executive of the Year (sponsored by Unitas Wholesale)

The SWA’s Colin Smith says: “Every year we see extremely high levels of innovation from Scotland’s wholesalers and a commitment to customer service that is outstanding.

“Achievers helps wholesalers focus on their strengths and areas they want to develop. Similarly, it helps the supporting suppliers forge stronger relationships with the industry because being involved in the judging process allows them to really understand the many diverse wholesale businesses that operate in Scotland.

“All of our winners are doing quite remarkable things to grow and develop their businesses, often taking risks but always embracing the partnership ethos that Achievers promotes. Achievers encourages best practice within Scottish wholesaling and challenges wholesalers – big and small – to think differently and engage more effectively with suppliers.

“That’s why the initiative goes from strength to strength every year and why I would encourage all members and non-members to get involved.”

Nearly 500 people will attend the gala dinner and awards presentation at the Sheraton Grand, Edinburgh on Thursday, 13 February 2020. Tables are expected to be reserved very quickly, so the SWA say book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Closing date for entries is Friday, 26 July 2019

The entry form and criteria can be found here:

Call the Scottish Wholesale Association for more details of the different awards, on 0131 556 8753