SWA joins Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce

Colin Smith

The Scottish Wholesale Association has been invited to participate in the new Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce.

Chaired by Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism and Jamie Hepburn, the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, the group will look at the needs of the tourism and hospitality sector as it recovers from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

SWA boss Colin Smith (pictured), who will sit on the new group, said: “The Scottish Government acknowledges the key role of wholesalers within the food and drink supply chain so I am delighted that the SWA has been asked to join this taskforce.

“Wholesalers supply thousands of businesses operating in the tourism and hospitality industry, and many of our members are in a precarious position after three months of next to no income yet they are still expected – with greatly depleted resources both financially and physically – to help the industry reopen as it moves out of lockdown.

“It’s going to be a challenge for the whole economy but we hope the taskforce will help ensure that businesses open successfully and transition from opening with a reduced customer base to surviving until ‘normality’ and full viability returns in the longer term.

“Everyone must work together and support each other through the restart phase – and this includes recognition that the Scottish Government may need to continue to support operators and the supply chain behind them.”