When you commit to a career in wholesale, we’ll commit to you

FWD awards grants for career development through its Fellowship Trust, which was set up in 1964 to encourage young people to enter the industry, train them for the future, and nurture, reward and retain the brightest talents.

Grants of up to £2,500 is available through FWD to food and drink wholesalers to help build skills and encourage learning and development within their teams.

The bursary is available to any member company of FWD and Spar UK regional distributors, who must commit to match-funding the proposed training.

Applicants will be requested to explain how the proposed training will be of value in their role within their organisation and to outline how it will benefit their career and personal development.  We welcome and encourage applications from minority groups in championing inclusion and diversity within our sector.

Employers must set out how the proposed training meets the aims and objectives of the company’s learning and development strategy.   It is important to note, the bursary does not endorse applications that cover training for areas which are a legal requirement as part of doing business or those which relate to general business improvement projects, such as the support or management of computer-based information systems.

FWD Fellowship Fund Application Criteria

Application form

What is the Fellowship Fund

The Fellowship for Management in Food Distribution was set up in 1964 with a donation from Charles Green, chairman of former Spar wholesaler Wright and Green. The donation was matched by voluntary groups and The Grocer magazine.

The trustees of the Fellowship are James Bielby, Chief Executive, Federation of Wholesale Distributors, Rebecca Mallows, HR Director, Booker and Sam Davidson, HR Director, Henderson Group.


Who Can Apply for Funding?

Any member of the FWD, individual member of a buying group within FWD, or SPAR UK wholesaler can apply for a grant.

Grants awarded by the Trust are payable on the basis of match funding from the employees organisation or the individual.

A maximum of £2,500 of match funding will be available for each grant application in respect of training which supports professional development.

A maximum of five grants can be made in any financial year from May 1st to April 30th to any single organisation.