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Awards

A.F. Blakemore has a long history of winning industry awards and accreditations. 

Below is a list of the recognition achieved by the company, its retail partners and employees recently.  

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2017

Convenience Retail Awards
EAT 17 SPAR Hackney - Best Large Convenience Store
EAT 17 SPAR Hackney - Best Communication to Shoppers
EAT 17 SPAR Hackney - Innovation Award

Him! Wholesale Awards
A.F. Blakemore - Favourite Wholesaler for Customer Service
A.F. Blakemore - The Independent Retailer's Favourite Delivered Wholesaler

Retail Sales Awards
SPAR Brumby Corner (Blakemore Retail) - Post Office Retailer of the Year (multiple retailer)

Investors in People
Blakemore Design & Shopfitting and Blakemore Property - Bronze accreditation

Charities Trust
A.F. Blakemore - Bronze Quality Mark Award for Payroll Giving

 

2016

Retail Industry Awards
Blakemore Retail - Multiple Community Retailer of the Year
Blakemore Retail - Chilled Retailer of the Year
SPAR Fairfield (Blakemore Retail) - Forecourt Retailer of the Year
SPAR Wrexham (Blakemore Retail) - Food to Go Retailer of the Year
Janet Cruse, SPAR Wrexham (Blakemore Retail) - Store Manager of the Year
Tim Hindley, SPAR Sleaford (Blakemore Retail) - highly commended in Store Manager of the Year category
SPAR Brockley - highly commended in Most Improved Store category
Lucy Rose, SPAR Clarborough - highly commended in Store Manager of the Year category 

Forecourt Trader Awards
SPAR Newark (Blakemore Retail) - Midlands up to 4 MLPA category winner
SPAR Parkfoot - London & South East 4 MLPA Plus category winner

Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards
A.F. Blakemore Group - Education Award
Blakemore Fine Foods - Asda Enterprise Growth Award
Blakemore Logistics - Sustainable Products & Services Award

Grocer Gold Awards
Blakemore Retail - Independent Retail Chain of the Year
SPAR at EAT 17 - shortlisted for Fine Foods Retailer of the Year

Him! Convenience Tracking Programme Awards
Blakemore Retail - Best Convenience Retailer for Fresh & Chilled
Blakemore Retail - Best Convenience Retailer for Promotions

NACS International Convenience Retail Awards
SPAR at Roadchef Strensham - shortlisted for International Convenience Retailer of the Year

Investors in People
Blakemore Retail - Silver accreditation

Drinks Retailing Awards 
EAT 17 SPAR Hackney - Drinks Retailer of the Year

Convenience Retail Awards
SPAR Parkfoot - shortlisted for Best Independent Convenience Store and Best Chilled Food Retailer
EAT 17 SPAR Hackney - shortlisted for Best Independent Convenience Store and Best Use of Technology

Landmark Wholesale Awards
Blakemore Wholesale Gateshead - Delivered Depot of the Year

NSPCC Childhood Champion Awards
Blakemore Retail - Corporate Partner of the Year (West Midlands)

Sales Assistant of the Year Awards
Michelle Chamberlain, SPAR Pinchbeck (Blakemore Retail) - Best Multiple Sales Assistant 

 

2015

Landmark Wholesale Awards
Blakemore Wholesale - Retail Business Development Member of the Year
Penrith Cash & Carry - Foodservice Delivered Depot of the Year
Wolverhampton Cash & Carry - Own-Brand Depot of the Year
Middlesbrough General Manager Tim Cronin - Depot Execution Team Leader of the Year 

Sales Assistant of the Year Awards
Julie Sutton, SPAR Sleaford (Blakemore Retail) - Best Multiple Symbol Sales Assistant

Federation of Wholesale Distributors Skills and Development Awards
Jamie Daniels, Blakemore Foodservice - Outstanding Commitment to Skills & Careers Development
Callum McCombs, Blakemore Foodservice - Outstanding Commitment to Skills & Careers Development
Ben Hilton, Blakemore Fine Foods - Outstanding Commitment to Skills & Careers Development

IGD Awards
EAT 17 SPAR Hackney - Innovative Store of the Year

Retail Industry Awards
SPAR UK - Symbol/Fascia Group of the Year
Beverley East, SPAR Porthcawl (Blakemore Retail) - shortlisted for Store Manager of the Year
Joan Padley, SPAR Brumby Corner (Blakemore Retail) - shortlisted for Store Manager of the Year
Taylor-Greens SPAR & Post Office - shortlisted for Post Office Retailer of the Year (Symbol)
SPAR Parkfoot - shortlisted for Chilled Retailer of the Year (Independent)
SPAR Fairfield (Blakemore Retail) - shortlisted for Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Company-Owned)

Forecourt Trader Awards
Jan Hawthorne, HKS Sandringham - Best Site Manager
SPAR Battlefield (Blakemore Retail) - Best Soft Drinks Outlet
Highworth Filling Station - Best Valeting Facilities
SPAR Parkfoot - London & South East 4 MLPA Plus
HKS Sandringham - Midlands 4 MLPA Plus 

Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards
A.F. Blakemore Group - Education Award
Blakemore Fine Foods - Asda Enterprise Growth Award
Blakemore Logistics - Sustainable Products & Services Award

Grocer Gold Awards
SPAR UK - Symbol Retailer of the Year 

NACS Insight Global Convenience Awards
EAT 17 SPAR Hackney - shortlisted for International Convenience Retailer of the Year

Convenience Retail Awards
EAT 17 SPAR Hackney - Best New Store
SPAR Leegomery (Blakemore Retail) - Zero Tolerance Award for Crime Prevention
SPAR Chirk (Blakemore Retail) - shortlisted for Best Multiple Convenience Store
EAT 17 SPAR Walthamstow - shortlisted for Best Independent Convenience Store and Off-licence Store of the Year

 

2014

Independent Achievers Academy Awards
Conrad Davies, SPAR independent retailer - Retail Innovation category winner

Asian Trader and Independent Achievers Academy Awards
Bay Bashir, Blakemore Wholesale Lifestyle Express retailer - Responsible Retailer of the Year

Landmark Wholesale Annual Awards
Blakemore Wholesale - Catering Business Development Member of the Year
Penrith Cash & Carry - Delivered Depot of the Year
Barnsley Cash & Carry - Own Brand Depot of the Year

Federation of Wholesale Distributors Gold Medal Awards
Martin Hancox, Blakemore Foodservice - Delivered Wholesale Driver of the Year 

The Grocer Top New Talent
Caoire Blakemore - listed for outstanding contribution to the grocery industry

Retail Industry Awards
SPAR Boston (Blakemore Retail) - Most Improved Store

Convenience Retail Awards
SPAR Parkfoot - Convenience Retailer of the Year

Business in the Community
Danielle Russell, Blakemore Wholesale Middlesbrough - Highly Commended in the Employee Volunteer of the Year (North East) category
Blakemore Fine Foods - Big Tick & Example of Excellence - Enterprise Growth category
Blakemore Logistics - Big Tick & shortlist - Sustainable Products and Services category
A.F. Blakemore Group - Big Tick & shortlist - Education category

Express & Star Business Awards
A.F. Blakemore Group - Community Champion

Investors in People
Blakemore Design & Shopfitting and Blakemore Property

Investors in People
Blakemore Wholesale and Blakemore Fresh Foods

 

2013

Investors in People
Blakemore Retail - Bronze accreditation

Federation of Wholesale Distributors Gold Medal Awards
Cash & Carry Manager of the Year (Multiple Sector)
Alan Evans, Blakemore Wholesale Newport

Landmark Wholesale Annual Awards
Penrith Cash & Carry - Delivered Depot of the Year

Business in the Community
Big Tick - Education
Blakemore Fine Foods - Big Tick - Responsible Supply Chain

 

 

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