James Hall & Co. Ltd. is a fifth generation family wholesaler, based in Preston and SPAR UK’s wholesaler and distributor for the north of England.

During the pandemic, 3500 staff from across the company have played a key role in keeping essential supply chains open for 600 independently and company owned SPAR stores across the north of England. Roles within the company range from retail, warehouse, production, transport, and office roles such as trading, quality, marketing and HR.

Peter Dodding, Sales and Marketing Director at James Hall & Co. said, “We have faced many challenges during the past year but the spirit and determination demonstrated by our staff has been absolutely tremendous.

“Many of our retail, warehouse, transport and production colleagues cannot work from home and play a crucial role in manufacturing, packing and delivering essential supplies to the communities we serve. Without them, stock simply wouldn’t reach the shelves and we are extremely grateful for how well they have coped with the significant pressures of an unprecedented year.

“We serve over 600 SPAR stores, many of which are independently owned by local North West families, and these stores rely on us for daily deliveries. We work very closely with these retailers to share communications, industry advice and learnings from our SPAR International partners to make sure retailers have the support they need to operate as efficiently and safely as possible.

“The safety of our staff and SPAR customers has been the ultimate priority throughout, and staff have adapted well to weekly lateral flow tests, temperature checks, Perspex screens and protection rotas to limit the number of staff on-site. It certainly has been a very challenging year and on behalf of the company, I’d like to thank all staff, independent SPAR retailers and SPAR customers, for their continued support and patience.”



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