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05/06/2014

Today’s Group Managing Director, Bill Laird to speak at SWA Conference

Scotland’s wholesale royalty descends on Perthshire this June for the annual conference of the Scottish Wholesale Association. Keynote speakers include Bill Laird, managing director of Today’s Wholesale Services and Asim Sarwar, managing director of Glasgow-based Today’s member United Wholesale (Scotland), the current president of the SWA. Bill_SWA

Bill Laird’s agenda will include the importance of technology to the wholesale sector, symbol group benefits, supplier relationships, wholesaler investment and Today’s own label success. He will also talk about current trends within the industry.

SWA president Asim Sarwar, meanwhile, will give an update on the SWA’s activities during the past 12 months, touching on the high-profile trade association’s first-ever Parliamentary Reception at Holyrood which focused on the escalating economic and community costs of the illicit trade in counterfeit goods.

The conference will also enable wholesalers to explore the many opportunities presented by key events taking place during 2014 – one of Scotland’s most significant years. With the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Homecoming Scotland and, of course, the referendum on independence ensuring that the eyes of the world are on Scotland, the SWA has unveiled an impressive line-up of top-flight speakers who will make presentations around the theme ‘Going for Gold’.

Keynote speakers at this year’s conference from the wholesale industry include John Howie, chairman of CBI Scotland and managing director of Marine Babcock, Marine & Technology Division; and Tamlin Roberts, managing director of Mercurytide, a digital specialist that builds and designs intelligent back office systems, websites and mobile apps as well as creating online marketing and ecommerce solutions.

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