Spar’s managing director Debbie Robinson has called on suppliers to adopt a greater partnership approach when working with the company.

Speaking at Spar’s recent supplier briefing she said: “If suppliers work with Spar, they too will benefit from the relationship.” 

“Now more than ever, Spar is a safe place to invest. We are in great shape – our profits are up 18%, our partners’ businesses are growing and our store numbers are increasing.”

Suppliers needed to help Spar retailers become more competitive by offering them the best possible cost prices, Robinson added.

“It’s our job to find the most cost-effective way to serve our retailers, and suppliers have a role to play in that.”

“Bring us your innovation and investment and we will grow with you. You are in a unique position to work with an organisation that is a global brand, delivered locally with passion and integrity.”

“We have invested in our estate creating modern and relevant shops. We have a host of strategic partnerships with Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Subway and Greggs, growing our food credentials as well as our own ‘Daily Deli’ offer. We also have a small number of stores that are licenced for on trade featuring craft beers and wine.”

Mark Keeley, Spar UK trading director, added: “We work in a rapidly changing market and we are adapting very quickly – in some cases, we are driving the change.

 “Our objective is to sell more and sell more profitably. We want to grow and develop mutually viable businesses together, so we are urging suppliers to get behind our selling plan, sign up to our media centre, give us the most competitive costs, and get involved in category reviews.”