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CJ Lang & Son has appointed Neil Ogilvie and Craig Lynn to strengthen its independent retailer sales team.

Neil Ogilvie joins as Business Development Manager covering Aberdeenshire to Kirkcaldy. Ogilvie has been in retail for more than 30 years following roles at a number of leading retail brands.

He said: “Spar is the most recognised symbol group in the country and the opportunity to join a Scottish company, with a strong family background was an opportunity too good to refuse. I am looking forward to working in partnership with our community focused independent retailers and supporting new retailers as they join the CJ Lang family.”

In addition, Craig Lynn returns as Head of Recruitment and Key Accounts. He will be responsible for new business Spar accounts and wholesale business. Lynn has been involved with convenience retailing for the past 20 years, originally starting his career with CJ Lang as a Field Sales Executive. He moved to United Wholesale Scotland to head up recruitment and store development in 2015, where he was responsible for store standards and creating a retailer recruitment framework.

Lynn said: “CJ Lang has a professional standard that is highly regarded in the wider industry, and I am delighted to return to the company and focus on leading retailer recruitment.”

CJ Lang & Son Wholesale Sales Director, Steve Irons, said: “These two new appointments reflect the growth of the company over the last 12 months, and allows the business to put dedicated focus on retail recruitment.  We now have a full-strength, excellent team in place to ensure CJ Lang continues to be Scotland’s leading symbol group.  We have ambitious plans to grow the independent side of our business and are positioned well to deliver a truly Scottish offering to grow market share and to support our customers further.  I’m looking forward to working with Craig, Neil and the rest of our highly experienced sales team in the months ahead.”