Blog

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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Friday
9
December
2016

Gold Medals show the value of investment in talent

Our Gold Medals Awards dinner is one of the best events in the FWD calendar, not just because it’s a huge celebration for all our members and the suppliers they work with over the course of the year, but also because it gives us a chance to recognise and reward outstanding individ
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Monday
21
November
2016

We’ve got the industry talking and the Government listening

Well, where have the last three years gone? It’s hard to believe such a long period of time has passed since I wrote my first Chairman’s blog. What started as a two-year stint for me was extended to three when I was honoured to be asked to stay for an extra year.

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Monday
17
October
2016

Choppy waters as we drift away from Europe

This summer has seen a period of unprecedented political and economic upheaval and the one thing we can be sure of in a rapidly-changing trading environment is that things are going to get more complicated before they get any easier.

As the great ship HMS Brexit trundles slowly
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Thursday
14
July
2016

Winning with the energy and creativity of our people

The English football team might have flopped ignominiously out of Euro 2016, but at least there was one winning – and united – team at the FA’s headquarters last month, the Wholesaling Industry. 

I’m talking about the FWD Conference at the National F
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Wednesday
22
June
2016

At the forefront of change, service excellence and innovation

I can't believe we are half way through the year already. The sun has only just started shining and we are already planning our Christmas promotions!

In my last piece I men
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Wednesday
1
June
2016

Protecting our sector through investment in the future

In April the new National Living Wage came into force for employees over the age of 25. As you will be aware, FWD has been working hard over recent months to highlight the impact the NLW will have on wholesalers and the steps they will have to take to meet the cost increases that h
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Wednesday
13
April
2016

New costs can’t go uncontested

Firstly, may I welcome Andrew Selley from Bidvest to the role of Vice Chairman of FWD. This is a new position and I thank Andrew for taking on the challenges that it will bring (and that doesn’t include working with me!)

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Friday
1
April
2016

NLW is welcome, but wholesalers can’t go on absorbing costs

FWD members’ annual wage costs will rise by 0.7% this week as the National Living Wage, which directly affects 30% of their employees, comes into effect. Anyone with an appreciation of wholesalers’ margins will recognise that bottom-line costs like this are not easily absorb
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