A family-run cash and carry and delivered business operating out of depots in Springburn and Polmadie in Glasgow, United Wholesale Grocers (Uwg) supplies independent customers from across the retailing and catering markets with a broad portfolio of branded and own label products.

Indeed, serving such diverse businesses as convenience stores, off licences, newsagents, cafes, pubs, restaurants, schools and sports clubs, the company offers everything from crisps and snacks, confectionery, soft drinks, licensed products (wines, beers, cider, spirits), tobacco goods, and fresh, chilled and frozen goods, through to paper products, toiletries, health & beauty, non foods, and an extensive selection of goods for the catering trade.

The company is immensely proud of its hard earned reputation for being one of the most professional cash and carry operators in the industry and works hard to maintain it. Indeed, established for over 30 years, UWG and its staff have been regularly recognised for their achievements, winning numerous awards for excellence by bodies such as Landmark, FWD and the SWA.

It’s a company that is constantly setting new benchmarks too. UWG’s own ‘ShopSmart’ symbol group, for instance, was first launched in 2005 and rebranded in 2010.The ShopSmart fascia allows the company’s retailers to enhance and improve the image of their store to the consumer, whilst still retaining their independence. UWG is tremendously pleased that the ShopSmart symbol group has been recognised as one the most attractive, active and fastest growing symbol groups in the UK.

Over the past year, UWG has been investing heavily in promoting its range of services, including ShopSmart; a national TV campaign, for example, delivered excellent results. In fact, the company has increased its turnover from £94 million to £113 million.

UWG has also launched a facility for customers to order direct through the Internet, and then either call and collect their groceries, licensed, non food and tobacco products, or have them delivered via the company’s modern fleet of vehicles. This trade only online cash and carry web site offers independent retailers and caterers an alternative way to shop for their businesses.

Looking to the future, the immediate plan is to extend the Polmadie depot to 75,000 sq ft, which is due for completion in May 2011. This will be in time to take advantage of the regeneration taking place in and around the Polmadie area. A new five-mile stretch of motorway is being added to the M74 in Glasgow which will pass right by the depot and make Polmadie more accessible to a wider customer base.

UWG prides itself on having a personal relationship with its customers, providing them with a sense of belonging. The expansion and success of the business is due to the vast experience and knowledge of the sectors in which it operates. Customers have access to the company’s knowledge and expertise, and UWG keeps in constant touch with their specific needs and requirements.

To find out more, visit www.uwgl.co.uk.