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Thursday
7
December
2017

Recognising top talent rewards us all

One of the most enjoyable events in the wholesale event calendar is the annual FWD Skills and Development awards for apprentices and trainees. The pre-Christmas awards season seems to grow longer every year, and FWD’s own Gold Medal presentation night at the end of November i
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Monday
9
October
2017

Invest in good young people and they will invest in us

This month a new cohort of 18-year-olds is heading off to universities and colleges to build the skills which will shape their careers. How many of them have left home with a burning ambition to become a wholesaler?

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Wednesday
16
August
2017

The roads are paved with good intentions

What does the future of distribution look like? At the recent FWD conference there was a lot of talk about drones, robot couriers, electric vehicles and even good old-fashioned bicycles delivering not only to stores and restaurants, but also direct to homes and businesses.

There
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Wednesday
12
July
2017

Change creates opportunity and creativity

At last month’s FWD conference we heard some straight talking about the current challenges and opportunities in wholesale. It’s certainly a time of great change, but that is by no means a bad thing. Change creates opportunity, and with opportunity comes creativity.

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Monday
10
July
2017

A weak government works for us, not us for them

As a trade association that can trace its roots back almost 100 years, we’re well aware of the power of a coalition. Competing parties coming together for the benefit of everyone, with no dominant players and all interests represented in decision making; that’s precisely how
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Thursday
18
May
2017

In for the long run

All of us in this industry know that we are involved in a marathon rather than a sprint. It’s a curious kind of race, one where we can’t see the finish line and don’t always know the route. We may sometimes have to accept we have gone the wrong way, and be prepared to
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Thursday
20
April
2017

Three main concerns for Brexit - and how we can fix them

Nearly a year has passed since a majority of the UK decided our national interest was best served outside the EU, but now the starting gun has been finally been fired on Brexit, the real work begins for FWD, the wholesale sector’s representative in that important process.


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Monday
13
March
2017

Why we’ve fought to change the law on how we sell alcohol

After the end of this month all trade buyers of duty-paid alcohol will have to check they are buying from a registered wholesaler. It’s the first time that the supply chain of beers, wines and spirits has been regulated in this way, and it’s something which FWD welcomes. In
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Thursday
16
February
2017

Cradle to grave, we’re there for you

Back in the 1980s there used to be a popular bumper sticker that you would see in school car parks: “If you can read this, thank a teacher”.

It was a simple but powerful message from a group of professionals whose contribution was often overlooked, and who at the tim
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Wednesday
25
January
2017

So what will Brexit serve up?

It’s fair to say that we’re really in a pre-Brexit world right now, with much of the real work ahead.  Whilst we may feel that we are leading our businesses in a climate of ambiguity at the moment, there are ways in which we can get ahead of the game and challenges we n
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