Check it out

Antony Begley

We’re delighted to officially announce the launch of GroceryAid Scotland’s exciting new music event in this issue of SLR.

Held on 1 September, Checkout will be a fantastic opportunity for the industry in Scotland to come together, have a really enjoyable day and, critically, to raise awareness of GroceryAid and the amazing work it does for industry colleagues in need of a little help.

Having served on the GroceryAid Scotland committee for many years, it’s fair to say that awareness levels of GroceryAid and the support it can offer are particularly low in Scotland, especially in the local retailing sector. For a range of historic reasons, GroceryAid has been seen largely as a southern-based charity and one that focuses predominantly on the grocery channel. The fact is that GroceryAid supports everyone in the food and drink retail sector and supply chain and that very much includes convenience retailers and their teams and families.

The charity is also very active in Scotland and supports many colleagues in Scotland who have fallen on tough times. After the last couple of years, it’s no surprise that the number of people seeking emotional and financial support from GroceryAid has skyrocketed – which is why it’s so important to get behind this new Checkout celebration.

Most pressingly, Checkout will help raise awareness of the charity and I would urge you to make sure that all your colleagues are aware of the support that’s available if they need it. There’s no shame in needing a little help now and again. We all do.

And besides helping raise awareness and being a fantastic day out, the Scottish committee is also hoping to raise some much-needed funds that will then be used to support industry colleagues in need in Scotland.

So what is Checkout? It’s a musical celebration of our entire industry and it’s a great opportunity to have a day away from the store, possibly with a few colleagues. We are on course to have up to 800 attendees and the committee is currently busy working on securing what we are sure will be an exciting line-up of acts.

Why not buy a few tickets now and secure your place? Bring some colleagues along and treat to them to a well-earned day off. It promises to be a cracking day and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there. Visit the GroceryAid website to book your tickets.

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Antony Begley, Publishing Director