Retailers from across Scotland and the north of England gathered at Glasgow’s Hampden Park for the 2019 JW Filshill Trade Exhibition to take advantage of exclusive one-day offers, retail trade seminars and opportunities to meet suppliers and share ideas with other retailers.

The Trade Exhibition, Filshill’s biggest to date, attracted over 80 KeyStore retailers and 60 suppliers – many attending for the first time. Several ontrade customers also attended.

Craig Brown, retail sales director at the Glasgow-based delivered wholesaler, said: “This has been our most successful trade exhibition and we were delighted that so many customers saw the value in taking time out of their businesses to see what’s new, talk to our suppliers and spend time with other retailers.”

Lloyd Winterbottom, a KeyStore customer from West Yorkshire, was attending his first Filshill Trade Exhibition. “It was really useful to meet other KeyStore retailers and hear about some of the interesting concepts they’re developing in their stores,” he said. “I also took the opportunity to learn more about the Filshill business and had a tour of head office and the depot.

Burntisland-based Adeel Ahmed, a KeyStore Express retailer, described taking a day out of his business to attend the event as “extremely worthwhile”. He said: “It’s good to get away from the shop and meet suppliers and other retailers – it gives you ideas and makes you think about your business and how you can improve it.”

Trade seminars covering training, food to go and vaping were well attended by retailers. Tom Fender, MD of Paisley based Bolt Learning, spoke about the benefits of online training for convenience stores while Gary Routledge, national business manager at JUUL Labs, discussed the growing importance of the vaping category and how retailers can capitalise on its growth in the future. JUUL has entered an exclusive partnership with Filshill to develop the category.

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