By working in partnership, SPAR UK and suppliers can reap even greater rewards in 2016. This message was heard loud and clear at SPAR’s recent supplier briefing event, where the theme was ‘SPAR: In Great Shape’.


At the 150-strong event, members of the SPAR UK management team presented to a host of top suppliers on all aspects of the SPAR UK strategy: Formats including an update on National Accounts, SPAR Brand, Selling Plan and the Buying strategy.

SPAR UK Managing Director Debbie Robinson and the senior management team demonstrated to suppliers how working together can be mutually beneficial to all organisations.

“If suppliers work with SPAR, they too will benefit from the relationship,” said Robinson. “Now more than ever, SPAR is a safe place to invest. We are in great shape – our profits are up 18%, our partners businesses are growing and our store numbers are increasing.

“We have invested in our estate creating modern and relevant shops.

We have a host of strategic partnerships with Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Subway and Greggs, growing our food credentials as well as our own ‘Daily Deli’ offer. We also have a small number of stores that are licenced for on trade featuring craft beers and wine.”

Suppliers’ roles, she said, are to help SPAR retailers become even more competitive by offering them the best possible cost prices.

“It’s our job to find the most costeffective way to serve our retailers, and suppliers have a role to play in that,” said Robinson.

“Bring us your innovation and investment and we will grow with you. You are in a unique position to work with an organisation that is a global brand, delivered locally with passion and integrity.”

Supported by all SPAR’s five wholesalers, Louise Robins, Trading Director for James Hall, said: “We need the right product at the right price and on time. New ideas and innovation are key to good retailing and our retailers love new products.”

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