For several years, the Scottish Grocers’ Federation [SGF] has managed a Scottish Parliament cross-party group on independent convenience stores.
Cross-party groups operate in a very similar way to all-party parliamentary groups at Westminster.
The group has proved to be a highly effective platform for bringing retail industry issues directly into parliament.
Our most recent meeting looked at the future of retail in the post-pandemic landscape.
One issue that was discussed repeatedly was the emergence of so-called ‘dark stores’.