SPAR Scotland awarded for health and safety achievements

August 7, 2020 IN THE CATEGORY: Responsible retailing

SPAR Scotland partner CJ Lang and Son has received a Health and Safety Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for demonstrating high health and safety standards. Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice.

SPAR Scotland was awarded in recognition for working hard to ensure its team members get home safely to their families at the end of every working day. The RoSPA President’s Award was presented to the company after being awarded ten consecutive Gold Awards.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Head of Qualifications, Awards and Events, said: “The RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK, but it receives entries from organisations around the world, making it one of the most sought-after global accolades in health and safety.”

“RoSPA wants every employee, wherever they are, to work safely in the knowledge that they will be going home unharmed and healthy at the end of every day. The RoSPA Award winners are vital to helping achieve this goal, as by entering they are driving up standards and setting new benchmarks for organisations everywhere. Currently, around 7 million people are directly impacted by the RoSPA Awards, but the scheme’s influence is even wider.”

Sandy Fowler, CJ Lang’s Group HSE Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a President’s Award for achieving ten consecutive Gold Awards by RoSPA in recognition of the Company’s continued commitment and the efforts of all our staff in both maintaining the highest standards of health and safety and providing a safe environment in which to work.”

Source: SPAR Scotland


The UK became a member of SPAR in 1956 when a group of independent wholesalers was granted the SPAR licence by SPAR International. There are five regional partners in the UK with strategically placed Distribution Centres in each region. A central office, located in London, provides national marketing and buying services for the group and supports the development of the brand.

SPAR has led the convenience market in the UK for many years but has faced increasing competition. Always innovative, the five regional partners have continued to grow the brand. Throughout the UK, a combination of independently-owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores can be found, spanning forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres, and local neighbourhoods.