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Blakemore Retail Praised for Disability Awareness Training

December 04, 2018

Blakemore Retail is recognised with an award for its innovative disability e-learning training by the charity Purple

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SPAR Droitwich Relaunched at Brand New Site

December 03, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Droitwich SPAR store relaunches with new Daily Deli food to go at a brand new location

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SPAR Greater Leys Relaunches with New Greggs Department

November 23, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Greater Leys SPAR store in Oxford reveals a new look after a considerable transformation

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Take Stairway to Sky to Help NSPCC

November 01, 2018

Blakemore Retail colleagues climb to the top of one of London’s most iconic buildings to raise money for the NSPCC

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Blakemore Retail’s NSPCC Fundraising Reaches New Heights

October 17, 2018

Ten Blakemore Retail colleagues have thrown themselves into a fundraising challenge, jumping out of a plane and plunging 10,000 feet in the name of charity

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Blakemore Retail Signs Up to Support UK’s First Accessible Shopping Day

October 10, 2018

More than 5,000 employees from across Blakemore Retail SPAR stores will undertake disability awareness training in support of the UK’s first accessible shopping day, Purple Tuesday (November 13).

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Blakemore Retail Launches New Insomnia Coffee Shop at Thurcroft

September 21, 2018

Blakemore Retail extends its Insomnia coffee offer by opening a brand new coffee shop at the location of its recently relaunched SPAR Thurcroft store in Rotherham

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Blakemore Retail Raises Child Safety Awareness and a Roarsome £52,000 for the NSPCC

September 04, 2018

Blakemore Retail SPAR stores across England and Wales have been on a bank holiday fundraising drive for the NSPCC while at the same time raising awareness about how parents can keep their children safe from sexual abuse

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Blakemore SPARs Shortlisted for Forecourt Trader Awards

August 13, 2018

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild have once again received notable recognition on this year’s Forecourt Trader Awards shortlist

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Retail Industry Awards 2018 Shortlist Announced

August 02, 2018

SPAR retailers represent a third of the finalists announced on the Retail Industry Awards shortlist

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Honoured for NSPCC Fundraising

July 23, 2018

Blakemore Retail employees are honoured for going the extra mile to help raise more than £3 million for the NSPCC

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Blakemore Retail Colleague Football Tournament Raises Over £1,000 for NSPCC

July 20, 2018

Colleagues take to the pitch for Blakemore Retail’s 10th annual football tournament in aid of the NSPCC

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Blakemore Retail Conference 2018: Shaping Our Future - The Pace of Change

June 28, 2018

More than 500 store managers, field staff, A.F. Blakemore colleagues and suppliers attend Blakemore Retail’s Managers Conference to find out about future development plans

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Blakemore Retail Fundraising for NSPCC Tops £3 Million

June 14, 2018

Blakemore Retail has raises £3 million to help the NSPCC make a difference to 800,000 children’s lives

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Receive Life-saving Training

May 31, 2018

Senior Regional Manager Owen Davies and Area Manager Donna Cooper join colleagues from SPAR Kidderminster to attend life-saving defibrillator training

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SPAR Melton Raises £1,500 to Install Defibrillator

May 30, 2018

Colleagues at SPAR Melton raise funds for a life-saving defibrillator with a series of Easter-themed fundraisers

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Blakemore Retail’s Owen Davies Sleeps Rough for Homeless Charities

May 29, 2018

Blakemore Retail Senior Regional Manager Owen Davies takes part in a sleep out to help raise awareness of homelessness

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SPAR Bakewell Relaunches with Ice-cream Counter and Insomnia Coffee

May 29, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Bakewell SPAR store relaunches with serve-over ice-cream and fresh self-serve Insomnia coffee

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British Athletics Partners SPAR to Boost Community Sport with People’s Podium

May 22, 2018

SPAR UK launches a new campaign designed to support community sport across the United Kingdom

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Help Feed Over 70 at Worcester Street Kitchen

April 27, 2018

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail join forces with the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal to serve up meals to some of Worcester’s most vulnerable people

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SPAR Thurcroft Re-launches at New Site

April 20, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Thurcroft SPAR store in Rotherham relaunches with a brand new Greggs

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Raise £1,112 for Derbyshire Hospice

January 30, 2018

Blakemore Retail colleagues from four stores in Derbyshire fundraise £1,112 for Ashgate Hospicecare

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British Athletics Unveil SPAR as Major Sponsor through to Tokyo 2020

January 18, 2018

British Athletics announce a three-year sponsorship deal with SPAR (UK) Ltd that will see the UK’s leading convenience store group offer wide-ranging support through to the end of 2020

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New Blakemore Retail Magazine Out Now

January 03, 2018

A.F. Blakemore publishes the latest edition of its Blakemore Retail magazine

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Worcestershire SPAR Stores Donate £15,000 Worth of Goods to Collection Appeals

December 20, 2017

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail collect more than £15,000 worth of goods for the homeless and vulnerable children

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A.F. Blakemore Awards 12 Good Causes £1,917 Heritage Grants

December 20, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has concluded its centenary year by awarding 12 good causes a grant of £1,917 through its charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation

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Colleagues Celebrate Hair-raising Halloween

November 01, 2017

A.F. Blakemore colleagues have a ghoulishly good Halloween with a whole host of spooktacular fundraisers

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SPAR St Dials Colleague Scoops National Award

October 31, 2017

Blakemore Retail Store Supervisor Kirsty Rhodes wins a Sales Assistant of the Year award for her commitment to her work.

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SPAR UK Celebrates 60th Anniversary

October 20, 2017

SPAR UK has celebrated its 60th anniversary in style with a fantastical funfair and celebratory festival at Manchester Central

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SPAR Tenbury Wells Supports Worcestershire Homeless Appeal

October 19, 2017

Blakemore Retail SPAR Tenbury Wells has supported the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal by collecting and donating over 350 bottles of water from local residents.

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Blakemore Retail Celebrates Industry Award Success

October 03, 2017

Blakemore Retail has won big at this year’s Retail Industry Awards and Forecourt Trader Awards.

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100th Anniversary Charity Birthday Party Raises £86,000 for Good Causes

September 29, 2017

On September 1st, colleagues across England and Wales took part in 300 celebratory events at stores and depots across the company’s trading area

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SPAR St Fagans Raises Over £30,000 for NSPCC

September 14, 2017

Blakemore Retail SPAR St Fagans in Cardiff raises a huge £30,379 for the NSPCC

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Colleagues Fundraise for Bradley Lowery Foundation

August 07, 2017

Colleagues from across Blakemore Retail have donned their favourite football shirts in aid of ‘Cancer Has No Colours’.

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Colleague Football Tournament Raises Over £1,000 for NSPCC

July 31, 2017

Colleagues take to the pitch for Blakemore Retail’s annual football tournament in aid of the NSPCC

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Blakemore Retail Post Office Wins Retail Sales Award

July 19, 2017

Blakemore Retail’s Brumby Corner Post Office has won the Retail Sales Awards’ new category award for Multiple Post Office Retailer of the Year.

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Blakemore Retail Conference 2017: Shaping Our Future

July 05, 2017

“Shaping Our Future” was the key theme of Blakemore Retail’s 2017 Managers Conference this summer

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A.F. Blakemore Goes Green for Environmental Focus Week

July 05, 2017

As part of a series of commemorative events to celebrate 100 years in business, colleagues across A.F. Blakemore have taken part in the company’s first ever Environmental Focus Week

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Retail Volunteers Donate 350 Hours to DIY SOS Project

July 04, 2017

Retail Volunteers Donate 350 Hours to DIY SOS Project

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Blakemore Retail Launches New Store at Aldridge

July 01, 2017

Blakemore Retail opens a brand new SPAR convenience store in Walsall featuring a state-of-the-art Daily Deli food service counter

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Warboys SPAR Store Re-launched at New Site

June 06, 2017

Blakemore Retail has relocated its Warboys SPAR store to a new site.

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Blakemore Employees Roll Up Sleeves for Give & Gain Day 2017

May 19, 2017

26 employee volunteers from across A.F. Blakemore donated their time to making a positive difference to local communities as part of Business in the Community’s national day of volunteering

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Llanharry Raise £2,000 for Life-saving Defibrillators

April 07, 2017

A Blakemore Retail SPAR store in Llanharry is saving lives by fundraising £2,000 for a Welsh heart charity.

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Blakemore Trade Partners and Blakemore Retail joins forces to help local good cause

March 13, 2017

A team of 30 colleagues from across Blakemore Trade Partners and Blakemore Retail have donated more than 250 hours of employee time to support a local community allotment.

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Blakemore Retail SPAR stores support the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal.

December 23, 2016

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail made it their mission to help the disadvantaged this Christmas by collecting £1,500 worth of stock in store for the homeless.

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Blakemore Retail Employee Crowned Multiple Sales Assistant of the Year.

November 14, 2016

Michelle Chamberlain from Blakemore Retail’s Pinchbeck store in Spalding has been named the UK’s Best Multiple Symbol Sales Assistant by Convenience Store Magazine

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Blakemore Retail Recognised with Five Retail Industry Awards

September 30, 2016

Blakemore Retail scoops five category wins and one commendation at the prestigious Retail Industry Awards

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Coedpoeth Store Re-launched at Brand New Site

September 06, 2016

Blakemore Retail has relocated its Coedpoeth SPAR store to a brand new purpose-built site on Coedpoeth High Street

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Eight Stores Join Forces to Transform Rhosddu Church

August 26, 2016

A team of 23 Blakemore Retail volunteers renovates St James church in Rhossdu to prepare it for use as a community food bank

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Blakemore Retail Opens New Flagship Store

August 09, 2016

Blakemore Retail opens a brand new SPAR petrol forecourt store featuring a Greggs, Subway and Insomnia coffee shop in Grimsby

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Blakemore Retail Shortlisted for Eight Retail Industry Awards

August 04, 2016

Blakemore Retail has been shortlisted for no less than eight Retail Industry Awards.

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Blakemore Retail Crowned Regional Corporate Partner of the Year

July 13, 2016

Blakemore Retail has been recognised as Corporate Partner of the Year in the West Midlands at the NSPCC Childhood Champion Awards 2016.

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SPAR UK Raises Landmark £5 Million for Children’s Charity

June 22, 2016

SPAR staff and customers have helped to raise more than £5 million for the NSPCC during a decade-long partnership with the charity.

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Awarded Trip of a Lifetime

May 04, 2016

Blakemore Retail awards eight outstanding employees the trip of a lifetime to the 2016 SPAR Convention in San Diego at its Store of Excellence Awards 2016

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London Marathon Fundraising Tops £14,000

April 29, 2016

Four A.F. Blakemore employees raise more than £14,000 for charity by running the London Marathon

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Easter Giving Eggstravaganza

March 29, 2016

A.F. Blakemore employees put the ‘spring’ into Easter with a boost of charitable giving

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