One of Scotland's oldest independent food and drink wholesalers has reported strong results after moving to its new Renfrew base.

JW Filshill saw turnover increase to £203 million – up 2% from £199 million – in the year ending January 31, 2023.

The fifth-generation business, which relocated from Hillington to new purpose-built premises at Westway Park near Glasgow Airport in March, also saw operating profits rise from £2.7 million to £2.9 million.

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Keith Geddes, chief financial and operating officer of JW Filshill, highlighted that the "positive results had been achieved despite increases in operating costs absorbed by the business in supporting employees through the cost of living crisis, fuel price increases and recent rising inflation."

He told The Gazette: "Significant resource was also spent preparing for the move to the new site in Renfrew which was successfully completed just after this financial year end in March 2023.

"This move is transformational for the efficient operation of the business and sets the foundations for our planned growth over coming years."

We previously reported in 2022 that Linwood-based Iain Hill Ltd, which specialises in soft drinks, confectionery, snacks and other impulse products, had been bought for an undisclosed sum by JW Filshill.

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Addressing supply issues the business faced during the year, Mr Geddes added: "We continue to work hard on building strong partnership based relationships with customers and key suppliers and we were again recently voted number one by suppliers in an independent survey by The Advantage Group across our key competitors for the thirteenth consecutive year."

The business has continued to heavily engage with its workforce on health and wellbeing, particularly with regard to mental health, with this work recognised through winning several industry awards.

The company recently held its first Filshill Family Day at Finlaystone Country Park which was attended by over 300 employees and their families.

Simon Hannah, Filshill’s chief executive officer, said: "Mental health and wellbeing remains at the heart of our strategy and we recognise that as a responsible employer we need to do this not only for our employees and their families but also because of the positive impact it has on our business and our customers."