A fund has been created by the Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF) to support retailers during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The SGF Retailer Support Fund has been established to provide direct financial assistance to retailers and their families. Its aim is to help the convenience sector which has supported customers and communities throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

The fund has been supported by an initial contribution by key SGF partner Camelot. The fund has also been given additional contributions from key SGF members Bobby’s Foods, Hancocks, Shoply, Tunnocks and Towergate Insurance.

Camelot’s retail director Jenny Blogg, said: “We’re delighted to be able to make a donation to the SGF Retailer Support Fund. Our retail partners have always been there for us over the past 25 years, so we’re honoured to be in a position to help them out at this challenging time.”

Blogg also praised retailer for their support for Good Causes.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank SGF members for the continued support they have shown to Camelot, The National Lottery and the Good Causes it supports - particularly over the last few months. Good Cause funding has never been more crucial than it is now, as The National Lottery helps the UK respond to, and recover from, the COVID-19 crisis. In total, up to £600 million in National Lottery funding is being directed towards UK charities and organisations to help tackle the impact of COVID-19.”

SGF chief executive Pete Cheema added: “We are immensely grateful for the tremendous response from our key partners and members. They have shown how willing they are to support our industry during a time of unprecedented crisis. The fund will provide invaluable help to those in need.”

For more information on the fund please download the application form on the SGF website www.scottishshop.org.uk