Independent Convenience Stores

Purpose of the group

To inform MSPs of the issues and challenges facing independent convenience stores and to highlight the contribution local neighbourhood shops make to Scotland’s communities – particularly helping to sustain rural and marginalised urban communities -  and to Scotland’s economy (there are more convenience stores per head of population than in the rest of the UK). The group will bring together the key stakeholders in the independent convenience store sector: retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and trade associations. It will connect with wider stakeholders in the voluntary and charity sectors and invite guest speakers to participate. 

Forthcoming meetings

Next meeting: 28 November 2017

This meeting will be held at 6pm in the Robert Burns Room (CR1). This meeting will include the AGM.


Annual Return/Report

Group Officers

Group Members

Non MSP Individuals

Professor Leigh Sparks

The Rev Neil Galbraith 


Scottish Grocers Federation - secretary


British Independent Retailers Association

British Oil Security Syndicate

British Security Industry Association

Scottish Wholesale Association

Scottish Licensed Trade Association

Scottish Bakers

Scottish Business Resilience Centre

Scottish Anti Illicit Trade Group

Scottish Retail and Wholesale Security Group

Keep Scotland Beautiful

Glasgow the Caring City

East Edinburgh Community Alcohol Partnership

Scottish Local Retailer 

Certas Energy

Co-operative Food

Clydebank Co-operative

CJ Lang & Son Ltd

Booker Premier 

Martin McColl 

Costcutter Supermarkets

Mace Stores 

Abdul Majid & Son Ltd

Broadway Premier Edinburgh

JW Filshill

Khalsa Retail LTD


SGF Healthy Living Programme

United Wholesale Grocery

United Wholesale Scotland

Bestway Wholesale and Retail 


Get involved

Next meeting:
28 November 2017


Tel: 0131 343 3300


Gordon MacDonald MSP

Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

0131 348 5741