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Scottish Wholesale Sector Offers Mentoring Opportunities to Improve Skills

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Scottish Wholesale Sector Offers Mentoring Opportunities to Improve Skills

Scottish Wholesale Sector Offers Mentoring Opportunities to Improve Skills
September 16
08:09 2016

The Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) is offering individuals currently working in buying, sales and management the opportunity to participate in a mentoring programme.

Designed to improve skills and nurture emerging talent within the Scottish wholesale industry, the initiative matches individuals with an appropriate mentor from within or outside the wholesale industry.

sandie-holmes-cropSandie Holmes, principal consultant at the Association’s training partner, 121 HR Solutions (pictured left), is facilitating the programme: ‘Since 2012 we’ve worked with 12 participants who have benefited from becoming more confident in their jobs and who tend to take a different approach to their day-to-day business practices.

‘We are looking for prospective mentees to volunteer but we would also like members to consider nominating employees whom they think would benefit from being mentored in the year-long programme.’

Fiona Ritchie, impulse buyer at independent Glasgow-based wholesaler JW Filshill (pictured right), is currently being mentored by Clare Bocking, fiona-ritchie-cropcommercial director EMEA at McCormick & Company:  ‘Winning Employee of the Year at Scottish Wholesale Achievers was a great confidence booster for me and being mentored by someone with Clare’s experience is helping me to think differently about how I communicate with people.'[

david-rowan-cropDavid Rowan, wholesale manager at Blantyre-based Dunns Food and Drinks (pictured left), has recently completed the programme, working with mentor Graham Benson, a former president of the Scottish Wholesale Association. David said: ‘My mentor has taught me to think more before I act and I am more confident when I present plans to both my colleagues and directors. I also think more about what impact my actions will have and plan on how to maximise them.’

Interested in being mentored or you wish to put forward a prospective mentee within your business? Visit

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