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The brightest stars in Scotland’s convenience retailing and grocery sector have been honoured at the industry’s own ‘Oscars’ – The Scottish Grocer Awards 2011.

Retailers from all over the country battled it out to take the titles across 19 categories at the event, organised by Scottish Grocer magazine - the leading business to business publication for Scottish food and drink retailers.
Amanda Byram, presenter of TV’s Total Wipeout game show, hosted the glamorous black tie dinner and awards presentation held at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel on Thursday 10 March 2011.

Scottish Grocer received hundreds of entries for this year’s awards programme. The awards honour community stores and convenience retailers, who show high levels of skill, expertise and commitment across areas including community involvement, range of products, merchandising, and social responsibility.

Spar had a fantastic night, picking up multiple awards. Six stores in total were recognised and awarded in the categories to follow and it was a really big night for one of these winners, Jennifer Stewart from Spar in Abronhill, who won the Employee of the Year title.

• Making the Most of Milk Award: SPAR Crosshouse
• Confectionery Retailer: SPAR Central Avenue, Grangemouth
• Best Soft Drinks Outlet: SPAR Thornliebank
• Bakery Retailer of the Year: SPAR Paisley Road, Renfrew
• Symbol Store (4 or more stores): SPAR Hillfoot Road, Ayr
• Employee of the Year: Jen Stewart, SPAR Abronhill
• Industry Achievement Award: Iain Landsburgh (AML Ltd)

Iain Landsburgh, Managing Director of Dundee-based 10-store retail chain A M Landsburgh, received the Industry Achievement award.
Iain started working for the family’s convenience stores in Tayside in the 1990s. After working south of the border in national retailing operations, he returned in 1997 and he and his brothers took on responsibility for the family-owned company in 1998.

Scottish Grocer Managing Editor Patrick Duffy said the Scottish Grocer Awards programme for 2010-11 had shown that Scotland’s food and drink retailers – including independent stores, symbol group convenience stores, cooperatives and others – continued to provide excellent services to their communities in very tough trading conditions.

“Cash is still very tight, many consumers are worried about their jobs and the recent winter was even worse than the whiteout of the year before,” he said.
“But local stores have performed well, some have performed heroically. We’ve rewarded some of very the best of Scotland’s retailers this evening and the honours and recognition are very richly deserved.”