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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.  

IGD_Awards Grocer_Gold_Awards Forecourt_Trader_Awards

 

2018

Retail Industry Awards
SPAR - Symbol/Fascia Group of the Year
SPAR London Road Bakery - Store Team of the Year 
Blakemore Retail - highly commended in the Multiple Community Retailer of the Year category
Blakemore Retail - highly commended in the Food-to-Go Retailer of the Year Multiple category
SPAR Laceby Lodge (Blakemore Retail) - highly commended in the Forecourt Retailer of the Year Company-owned category
Stonydelph Post Office (Blakemore Retail) - highly commended in the Post Office Retailer of the Year Managed Store category
SPAR London Road - highly commended in the Independent Retailer of the Year Up to 1,200 sq ft category 

Forecourt Trader Awards
SPAR Roadchef Norton Canes – shortlisted for Best Motorway Services Outlet and Best Design & Development
Rontec Chimes SPAR – shortlisted in the London & the South East over 4mlpa category
Euro Garages Flagstaff Service Station – shortlisted in the Midlands over 4mlpa category
SPAR Newark (Blakemore Retail) – shortlisted in the Midlands up to 4mlpa category

HIM Wholesale Awards
Blakemore Foodservice - Independent Foodservice Operator’s Favourite Delivered Wholesaler

HIM Awards
SPAR UK – The Retailer’s Favourite Symbol Group for 2018 and The Shopper’s Favourite Forecourt Retailer for 2018

Walsall Works Partner Awards
A.F. Blakemore - Bronze Partner Status

Performance Through People Achievement Awards
A.F. Blakemore - Employer of the Year

 

2017

Retail Industry Awards
Blakemore Retail - Multiple Community Retailer of the Year
Michelle Davies, SPAR Bentley (Blakemore Retail) - Store Manager of the Year
SPAR UK - Symbol/Fascia Group of the Year
Blakemore Retail - highly commended in the Convenience Retailer of the Year category
SPAR London Road Bakery - highly commended in the Store Team of the Year category

Forecourt Trader Awards
SPAR Fairfield (Blakemore Retail) - Midlands Over 4mlpa
SPAR Laceby Lodge (Blakemore Retail) - Northern England Over 4mlpa
SPAR Bilsby - Midlands Up To 4mlpa

Sales Assistant of the Year Awards 
Kirsty Rhodes, SPAR St Dials (Blakemore Retail) – Sales Assistant of the Year in the Multiple category

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

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

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

 

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