At its annual conference, the Scottish Grocers’ Federation has announced the launch of a major investment in the convenience store sector by Zero Waste Scotland.
A total funding package of £100,000 will be made available to independent convenience store retailers by the Scottish Government’s environment agency. The funding is aimed at encouraging retailers to carry out energy efficient store refits and will be distributed in non-repayable grants.
SGF has been in lengthy discussions with Zero Waste Scotland to ensure that the funds are being made available to the Scottish local retailing sector.
Chief Executive Pete Cheema said: “This is a major investment in our sector by one of the Scottish Government’s key agencies. It is the result of a highly effective partnership we have created with Zero Waste Scotland and they are to be applauded for making such a significant level of funding available to SGF members. This can help retailers to lead the way with energy efficiency and carbon reduction. The key message is – take advantage of this funding immediately.”
Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland commented: “Resource Efficient Scotland is a programme from Zero Waste Scotland, funded by Scottish Government. It helps business save money by using resources efficiently. Resource Efficient Scotland is working in partnership with the Scottish Grocers’ Federation to offer free specialised support to convenience stores. We are delighted to announce the launch of the Convenience Store Resource Efficiency Grant, to help stores in Scotland cut their energy costs and reduce their carbon emissions. Stores can receive up to £5,000 to fund the installation of equipment such as double glazed refrigeration doors and LED lighting.”