Sainsbury has launched a new training and development programme in Scotland to help regional suppliers build their businesses and secure listings with the chain on a regional and national basis. Speaking at its first Scottish supplier conference in Glasgow, Sainsbury chief executive Sir Peter Davis said the 10 small suppliers who took part in an earlier programme run by Sainsbury's in conjunction with Scottish Food and Drink saw sales rocket 80%. "Our business in Scotland is very important," said Sir Peter. "In the last year alone we have invested £34m in building new stores and refurbishing our existing stores, creating 1,000 new jobs." A similar initiative in Wales run with the Welsh Development Agency has also proved very successful, said Sir Peter. "Over the year, we will have refurbished 45% of our existing stores in Wales. Our supplier programme has secured substantial new business for participating suppliers," he added. {{NEWS }}