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There is a strong business case for wholesalers to adopt flexible working options in their businesses, says a new report commissioned by FWD.

Greater flexibility in when and where they work would help the wholesale sector attract talented people from all stage of life, and boost the motivation and productivity of existing team members, it concludes. Older people and women are more likely to remain in their posts if they are offered less rigid hours, and the savings in retaining existing staff are likely to outweigh the costs of any extra administration of flexible working. Productivity and loyalty of employees is likely to improve and lead to better customer service.

FWD members Booker, Blakemore, Bestway, Bidfood and JJ Food Service contributed to the study by flexible working consultancy Timewise. The majority said that they had previously taken…