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Flexible working a challenge for women in wholesale

A lack of flexible working options was voted the biggest challenge for 52% of women, according to exclusive HIM research published in the Women in Wholesale (WiW) Report.

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Buyer beware: avoid unregistered alcohol wholesalers with a simple online check
Pubs and shops must take care where they purchase their alcohol now that rogue wholesalers can be identified under new registration rules, warns the Federation of Wholesale Distributors.

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Important news for alcohol trade buyers - from April 1st you need to check your wholesaler is registered

New rules for businesses that buy alcohol to sell to consumers come into force on April 1. You will be responsible for checking that your alcohol source is registered under the Alcohol Wholesaler ...

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Soft drinks and cider top wholesalers’ Budget concerns

The soft drinks levy, National Living Wage and potential new duty rates on cider are the key issues in today’s Budget for food and drink wholesalers, as identified by the Federation of Wholesale Distributors.

Confirming  the levy on high sugar soft drinks at 18p ...

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Imperial Tobacco and FWD launch wholesaler-focused Suspect it? Report it! anti-illicit trade poster campaign

The illicit trade continues to be a scourge on the UK’s retail sector. 1 in 81 independent stores are under threat from the damage being done to sales and associated basket spend by illegal tobacco, and illicit tobacco purchases cheat UK shops out of around £3.4 b ...

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One month to prepare for alcohol registration

There is just one month to go until the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) will require retailers to check that their wholesalers are approved by HMRC by checking the Unique Reference Number (URN) on their invoices.

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FWD chairman addresses foodservice and hospitality with Arena Savoy Lecture

Bidvest Foodservice chief executive and FWD chairman Andrew Selley will deliver the The Arena Savoy Lecture 2017 on Monday 20 March.

Andrew will address foodservice and hospitality professionals on Bidvest's vision and strategy, the move to rebrand as Bidfood ...

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New alcohol checks will stop retailers paying for fraud

Retailers, landlords and caterers must check that their alcohol wholesaler is registered under new rules which come into force on April 1st.

After that date, any retailer who buys from a source which has not been approved by HMRC as a ‘fit and proper’ alco ...

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Booker and Tesco merger

Our response to todays' announcement of a proposed merger between FWD member Booker and Tesco:

"FWD represents the interests of all food and drink wholesalers who supply and support retail and catering businesses. We are looking forw ...

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FWD invests in member services with new supplier liaison role

Former FWD Chairman Martin Williams is to return to the Federation management team as Associate Director, with a remit to help supplier companies get the most out of FWD membership and achieve their goals in the wholesale channel.

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Wholesalers name their top brands of 2016

Members of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors revealed their choice of the best brands, products and innovations of the year at the FWD’s Gold Medal Awards last night.

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Living Wage increase will cost low-margin wholesalers £12m next year

The increase in the National Living Wage announced today will add £12.4m to wholesale distributors’ wage costs next year, the equivalent of 546 full time jobs, says the Federation of Wholesale Distributors. 

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement in his ...

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FWD Welcomes Fairway for a Foodservice Full House

FAIRWAY FOODSERVICE has joined the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) as a full member, adding its voice to the Federation’s work on behalf of retail and foodservice wholesalers and their 400,000 customer businesses.

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FWD appoints first foodservice chairman

 Bidvest Foodservice CEO Andrew Selley is the new chairman of FWD, taking over from Martin Williams of Landmark Wholesale, whose extended three-year turn at the helm comes to an end in December. He's the first Chairman to come from a foodservice distributor although previous Presid ...

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National Recognition for FWD apprentices and trainees

Seventeen new stars of the wholesale sector were praised by the Government for their dedication to apprenticeships and training at the FWD’s Skills and Development Awards at the House of Commons.

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Wholesaler registration is the answer to record alcohol fraud figures – FWD
Taxpayers and alcohol wholesalers are the victims of a growing fraud, as the amount of beer sold illegally now represents 15% of the total UK market – the highest percentage recorded by HMRC this century. ...

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The best bet for the biggest brands

Availability, price, relationships and investment were the four pillars of success in the wholesale channel identified by wholesalers and manufacturers at the FWD’s Senior Executive briefing.

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FWD to chair Arena Brexit panel

James Bielby, CEO of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors, will chair a panel discussion on the impact of Brexit on the foodservice and hospitality industry at the Arena lunch at the Landmark Hotel, London, on September 30. Panelists include: Ufi Ibrahim, CEO, British Hospitality As ...

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AWRS applies to retailers from April 2017

The first registration numbers for alcohol wholesalers under the new Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) have been issued by HM Revenue and Customs, but retailers should be aware that the numbers have no significance until April next year.

Advice from the Federation of ...

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Trade Bodies Urge Caution on Future Living Wage Rises

FWD and a group of trade associations representing the interests of over 388,185 businesses, employing 4,450,282 people, have written to the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark, urging caution over planned increases in the National Living Wage ...

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Fitter, faster, leaner and smarter - together

FWD Chairman Martin Williams has called on the food and drink wholesale sector to work "Fitter, faster, leaner and smarter together” to take advantage of growth opportunities in a changing and challenging trading environment. In his closing address to delegates at FWD’s Winn ...

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