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Awards SPAR Scotland Wins Community Award

SWA recognises SPAR Scotland with a Community Service Award. 

SPAR Scotland wholesaler and convenience retailer who are based in Dundee, have received the Community Service award at the prestigious Scottish Wholesale Achievers awards.

The Scottish Wholesale Achievers awards, organised by the Scottish Wholesale Association, recognises professionalism and excellence across all sectors of the wholesale industry in Scotland. The event took place in Edinburgh on Thursday 10th February 2022.  CJ Lang & Son, who are the wholesaler for over 300 SPAR stores across Scotland, fought off competition from businesses the length and breadth of the country to win the coveted Community Service award sponsored by AG Barr.   The win recognised its work and efforts in the communities’ right across Scotland.

The company also received two Highly Commended accolades: Highly Commended for Best Delivered Operation – Retail and Highly Commended for Best Symbol Group.  In addition to this Nicole Robertson from the SPAR Scotland Food to Go team was a very worthy runner up in the Employee of the Year category.

Ian Johnstone, one of the judges from AG Barr said; “The fact that CJ Lang refer to their customers as neighbours demonstrates how close to these communities they are.  These values are easily found throughout the business from the CEO to shop staff and warehouse operatives. It’s these very values that have compelled CJ Lang to launch their latest community cashback scheme called – Making Tomorrow Better.  This programme is aimed at supporting communities to help make a greener tomorrow, taking their ethos of the community being their neighbours to the world being their neighbours.”

Colin McLean, CJ Lang & Son CEO added; “We are absolutely delighted to win the Community Service award.  It’s fantastic to gain recognition from the SWA for the work we are doing in the community. We’ve worked hard to recognise the wonderful initiatives and inspirational people going the extra mile in neighbourhoods and communities all over Scotland.

“Our SPAR stores play a vital role in communities around the country.  The work we are doing is a great opportunity for us to give back and celebrate the excellent work being carried out by groups in communities.  Our Marketing team within CJ Lang work tirelessly to highlight and foster these community-spirited ideas more and give them a much-needed boost.

“We look forward to carrying on with this support as we feel it’s making a real difference in communities.”

For further information please contact Paula Middleton, Marketing Manager, SPAR Scotland at

Company Information

  • CJ Lang & Son Limited is a family-owned company established in 1919


  • CJ Lang & Son Limited distributes to over 300 SPAR stores across Scotland


  • We work with over 150 local suppliers across Scotland


  • Distribution is from one site in Dundee. We have a strong service ethos, offering a full multi-temperature product range


  • Our national charity partner is Marie Curie


  • Throughout our stores there’s significant fundraising for local causes. Our carrier bag initiative, has donated in excess of £1m to local charities and community groups since 2013


  • We’re official partners of the Scotland Women’s National Football Team and Grassroots partner of the Scottish FA
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