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SPAR Scotland marks 100th anniversary with £1,000 donations to local charities

March 25, 2020 IN THE CATEGORY: Responsible retailing

To mark its 100th anniversary, SPAR wholesaler for Scotland, C J Lang, is giving away £1,000 to charities in the vicinity of their company-owned stores. SPAR Scotland has a long history of supporting both national and local charities, community groups, and organisations, donating £700,000 over the last decade.

The Charity Giveaway to mark the anniversary received a considerable amount of nominations, totalling more than 700. With the judging now complete, winning charities have been gathering to receive their well-deserved donations.

To be eligible for the £1,000 giveaway, each charity had to be a UK Registered Charity with a Registered Charity Number and carry out activities in their SPAR store’s local area. The final three regional presentations take place this month, concluding the giveaways which have covered the length and breadth of Scotland.

“This charity campaign running right across our company-owned stores is a huge part of our exciting centenary celebrations”, said Colin McLean, CEO of SPAR Scotland.

“By giving away £1,000 to charities close to all our stores, we are strengthening our position as Scotland’s favourite convenience retailer, by supporting charities in the communities we serve.”

Among the charities selected to receive the donation are SAPALD (South Angus Parents of Adults with Learning Difficulties), Grangemouth Old People’s Welfare, and Seescape, a charity who supports people with sight loss living in Fife.

Charlie Greer, Chairman of the Grangemouth Old People’s Welfare, said: “I can assure you it means a lot to us, it is very much appreciated and will be put to good use.”

Sally Cameron, Fundraising Manager for Seescape, said: “It is fantastic that a large company like SPAR is donating money directly back to the heart of the communities which your stores serve.”

Source: SPAR Scotland
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About SPAR UK

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.