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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 Foundation Helps Coffee Morning Success

October 10, 2017

Blakemore employees have donated more than £1,500 worth of tea, coffee, cake, squash and biscuits to Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

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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 Volunteers Donate 1,000 Hours to Operation Christmas Child

November 29, 2016

Colleagues across Blakemore Retail, Blakemore Trade Partners and Accounts step into the festive spirit by preparing Christmas shoeboxes for children in need

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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 Purchase Seven My Local Stores

July 14, 2016

Blakemore Retail has announced the purchase of seven My Local stores.

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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 Wins Best Independent Retail Chain at Grocer Gold Awards

June 16, 2016

Blakemore Retail is crowned ‘Best Independent Retail Chain’ at the Grocer Gold Awards

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Blakemore Retail Launches Dual-Brand SPAR Forecourts

May 16, 2016

Blakemore Retail signs a supply contract with fuel brand Jet to open two dual-branded SPAR sites

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Double Success for Blakemore Retail at CTP Awards

May 16, 2016

Blakemore Retail scoops two awards at the Him! CTP Awards in the categories of Best Convenience Retailer for Fresh & Chilled and Promotions

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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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SPAR store raise £25,000 for the NSPCC.

April 14, 2016

Blakemore Retail SPAR St. Fagan’s in Cardiff has raised over £25,000 for the NSPCC.

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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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Blakemore Retail Achieves Investors in People Silver

March 21, 2016

Blakemore Retail celebrates Investors in People Silver accreditation three years after being awarded Bronze in 2013

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Blakemore Retail Charity Ball Raises £32,000 for NSPCC

March 15, 2016

Blakemore Retail’s Charity Ball celebrates £2 million of fundraising for the children’s charity

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Blakemore Retail Fundraises Further £67,261 for NSPCC

March 01, 2016

Blakemore Retail’s latest donation of £67,261 to the NSPCC brings the overall amount donated by the business to the charity to more than £2.3 million

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SPAR Pinchbeck Celebrates Store Re-launch with School Lunch Giveaway

February 29, 2016

SPAR Pinchbeck celebrates a store refit with a grand re-launch event and healthy lunch giveaway for more than 300 local schoolchildren

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SPAR and Subway Collaborate to Promote Healthy Eating

February 01, 2016

SPAR stores in North Wales team up with Subway to help educate schoolchildren on the importance of a healthy balanced diet

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SPAR Spread Festive Sparkle to Support Operation Christmas Child

November 25, 2015

SPAR staff from the North West of England came together to support Operation Christmas Child.

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SPAR Sleaford Sales Assistant Wins National Retail Award

November 04, 2015

Julie Sutton from Blakemore Retail’s Sleaford store is crowned the UK’s Best Multiple Symbol Sales Assistant

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SPAR Crowned Symbol Group of the Year at Retail Industry Awards

September 29, 2015

SPAR wins Symbol/Fascia Group of the Year for the second year running at the Retail Industry Awards

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New Store Opens in Fernhill Heath

September 08, 2015

Blakemore Retail opens a new SPAR convenience store and Subway on Droitwich Road in Fernhill Heath

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Blakemore Retail Volunteers Transform Clwyd Special Riding Centre

August 27, 2015

Twenty Blakemore Retail volunteers offer a helping hand to a special needs riding centre in North Wales

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