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Filshill are offering their Trade Customers a new Click & Collect ordering facility read more here
Filshill & KeyStore are Supporting the local communities around their KeyStore shops – read how we helped Todholm Primary School in Paisley – read more
Filshill is ramping up investment in its on-trade division with the appointment of Stuart Bell as business development manager for the central belt of Scotland. Read our Press Release
As part of Family Business United, Filshill will be participating in the annual National Family Business Day on the 21st September 2016. We are very proud to be a British Family Business and to celebrate we are giving away £100 of FREE stock to the customer who sends in the best photo of their family business. Enter via our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/filshill/ or tweet a pic to https://twitter.com/JWFilshill
As a family firm here in the UK we are delighted to be taking part in National Family Business Day 2016.
The UK’s family businesses come in all sizes, from all sectors and from all over the country. Many of these firms have been in existence for hundreds of years, passing from generation to generation, with their longevity the result of good governance, innovative family ownership and a focus on the long term that has resulted in them becoming the bedrock of communities across the UK. Others may be younger in age, but share similar values and are building forward-looking family firms of the future.
Studies in the past decade have shown that around 4 million firms are family controlled and that family businesses in the UK account for around 25% of UK GDP, over 12 million jobs and contribute significantly to the tax revenues too. It is also recognised that the greatest part of Britain’s wealth is held within family businesses and that the family business sector is therefore a force to be reckoned with. Research undertaken by Family Business United (‘FBU’) identified in 2015 that £49 billion of revenue alone was generated by the 20 largest family firms in the UK.
Family firms across the UK today are a far cry from the ‘ma and pa’ image of small lifestyle businesses that are often portrayed in the media – they are big employers, create wealth for their employees (many of whom have had generations of the same family working in the business) and invest significantly in the communities in which they operate.
The contribution made by the family business sector in the UK is significant and deserves to be recognised. National Family Business Day 2016 is a nationwide campaign to put the family business sector on the map, organised by FBU, the award-winning magazine and resource centre for the global family business community that was founded by Paul Andrews. National Family Business Day 2016 seeks to put the family business sector on the map, recognise the diversity of the sector and provide an opportunity to celebrate all things family business.
Family firms have to deal with specific issues associated with their family ownership and it is the relationship dynamics that make them special, and of course, can create unique tensions that are not found in their non-family counterparts. Family businesses that recognise these challenges, develop good governance procedures and focus on the sustainability of the business for the long term, innovating as necessary to keep the business relevant, have the greatest chances of remaining for generations to come.
Successful family firms focus on the business and take a long term view, and with a significant number of family business owners looking to retire in the next decade, succession planning and the development of the next generation of family business leaders remains a key item on the family business agenda. National Family Business Day 2016 is a chance to share best practice, identify the resources available and to provide assistance to family businesses across the UK on the next stage of their journey, as well as championing the cause and recognising the contribution that these
Filshill were very proud to supply the RBS team with supplies to keep them fed & watered all week. What a great achievement guys for a great cause too. Here’s some photos of their Tour of Scotland – Fantastic work for the Local Community
Brewgooder, the world’s first craft beer label to donate 100% of its profits to clean water projects, has had the backing of one of Scotland’s most successful wholesale businesses, Glasgow based, JW Filshill. Simon Hannah, JW Filshill managing director and Chris Miller, group commercial director have joined the board, alongside Josh Littlejohn, Alan Mahon and Stephen McCranor, bringing a broad range of experience of the beer, retail and wholesale sectors. Read the full article here
Over 300 people took part in these walks across the Surrey Hills, the Peak District and Loch Lomond area. We had 17 Filshill Walkers at the Loch Lomond Walk.
It was for a great cause, The Not Forgotten Association, a charity that supports over 10,000 ex-service men and women every year – of all ages, whenever and wherever they served. In fact many beneficiaries have been wounded or injured since 9/11. Here’s a few photographs from the Day!
JW FILSHILL, owner of the leading KeyStore convenience store brand and one of Scotland’s oldest food and drink wholesalers, has appointed Chris Miller to the new position of group commercial director.
Miller, who remains a director of both JW Filshill International Ltd (The Craft Beer Clan of Scotland), the Glasgow-based company’s international division and the Clan Brewing Company, its fast-growing beer distribution and production business, will be responsible for the day-to-day strategic direction of the overall group as well as focusing on new business opportunities.
Filshill, a fifth-generation independent company, is a Sunday Times Top Track 250 company. It launched its international business in 2014 and Clan Brewing Company last year. “The business has gone through considerable transition and growth in a relatively short period of time so we now need to create a stronger and more sustainable management structure to reflect that,” said Simon Hannah, managing director of Filshill.
“Chris has been working with us for over two years now having been brought on board to build our international business which has since expanded its remit to represent Scottish distillers as well as craft brewers in key export markets around the globe. As group commercial director he brings an exceptional breadth of experience as well as synergies that will benefit the wider domestic Filshill business.”
Miller’s new role will see him head up Filshill’s category trading teams as well as assuming responsibility for the strategy and growth of the group’s on-trade operation. “Chris has known our business for 20 years, he understands our culture and our high levels of ambition – he is a perfect fit for this role,” Hannah added.
“Filshill is a forward-thinking company which is diversifying in exciting ways and I’m delighted to be more heavily involved in the wider Filshill business,” said Miller, whose previous roles include chief executive of Harviestoun Brewery in Clackmannanshire. “This a challenging time for us as we strive to build and develop new markets both at home and overseas in collaboration with other partners including Scotland Food & Drink, Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise.
“What we are doing is realigning our existing trading team to best suit our domestic and international growth strategies, utilising the talented and committed individuals already working within the business in order to achieve our commercial goals.”
Thanks to all our hard working Suppliers & Customers for a very successful Trade Show yesterday. From the great organisation by our Buying & Sales team through to the staff at Hampden park everyone made a terrific contribution. Have a look at some of the photos on the day? Here’s to next year’s Trade Show.
Launched in 2003, The Grocer wanted to break the mould by creating a different kind of scheme; one that would make a truly positive statement about the great work being done by the companies in this fast-moving industry. With that in mind the awards are focused on key business areas such as innovation and customer satisfaction.
Jackson Carlaw MSP for West Of Scotland Region joined us for an afternoon this week at our Hillington Depot. It was a great opportunity to raise industry issues and showcase our Business and Staff. We stressed the importance to Jackson of the importance of Modern Food & Drink Wholesale to Scotland and Industry concerns and opportunities.
Filshill supplies 168 KeyStores across Scotland and the north of England. It fended off stiff competition from wholesalers all over the country to win the Champion of Champions award. Filshill also lifted the Best Symbol Group for KeyStore, Best Delivered Operation (Retail) and Best Marketing Initiative for its Craft Beer Clan division. Fiona Ritchie, the company’s Impulse Buyer, won the Employee of the Year category.
Describing Filshill as “a true Scottish independent wholesaler”, the judges said: “It does not have the support of a symbol group central office but it demonstrates excellent retailer selection criteria, retailer support and execution. Stores are supported with business development managers, merchandisers, planograms and a range of training packages. Its communication and pricing were described by some of its customers as first-class.
Kate Salmon, Executive Director of the Scottish Wholesale Association, commented: “This is an outstanding result for Filshill, one of our sector’s leading independent, family-owned business – and a wholesaler that is bold and confident about the future, a wholesaler that is prepared to take risks, embrace new technologies and push boundaries in its quest to diversify and innovate.”
We sent the first shipment of Disney branded real fruit purée pouches to China last week, after brokering a deal with a Shanghai importer which has sold the product into Walmart.
The American retail giant operates over 400 stores in China and plans to open 115 new outlets between now and 2017.
Chris Miller, head of export and commercial operations at JW Filshill International, said: “Our importer, who carries the Disney brand licence for China , specialises in the health food category for the baby-to-teenage segment and currently imports dozens of Disney-brand products.
“We are also hopeful our importer will secure a listing with Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney resort in mainland China , due to open in late 2016.”
The new Disney range has been 12 months in the planning with Filshill overseeing the sourcing, production, packaging and shipment of this initial order of 50,000 units (pouches).
According to Miller, the Filshill model of taking control of the sourcing, production, packaging and shipment presents many Scottish food and drink suppliers with a route to market that didn’t previously exist. “Ocean freight and shipping goods to China can take several weeks – we’re going to the Port of Shanghai via Felixstowe – and this particular order won’t dock until mid-January,” he said.
“The export documentation required to support clearance in the market is a very complicated process so it’s understandable this is an element of doing business in China that will put off smaller producers – many British SMEs struggle to do business in China because of the bureaucracy.
Chris credited Scottish Development International, Scottish Enterprise and Scotland Food & Drink with being ‘key collaborative partners’ in JW Filshill’s international activity and said he saw these relationships becoming increasing important in the future. “Being able to tap into SDI’s people on the ground in markets such as Dubai and Shanghai has been invaluable and we couldn’t do it without them.”
JW Filshill 140 years old. A historical overview of the traditional values associated with the Award winning Wholesaler from it’s beginnings to its re-defining market initiatives.
Watch the accompanying video to our 140th Anniversary celebrations below.