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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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A.F. Blakemore Graduate Scheme Returns for 2016

March 01, 2016

The two-year programme aims to develop future leaders for the company and will take on five graduates across four areas of the business

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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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A.F. Blakemore Publishes Group Responsibility Report

November 25, 2015

Take a look at A.F. Blakemore’s group-wide Responsible Business Report, showcasing responsible business activity undertaken the 2014/15 financial year

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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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Battlefield Crowned Best Soft Drinks Outlet

October 06, 2015

Blakemore Retail’s Battlefield store is crowned Best Soft Drinks Outlet at the 2015 Forecourt Trader Awards

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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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Shop & Win Returns to SPAR – with Grand Prize

September 07, 2015

SPAR’s Shop & Win campaign returns to reward more shoppers than ever before

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New SPAR Media Campaign Bursts onto TV Screens this Autumn

September 02, 2015

SPAR launches an exciting new media campaign aimed at surprising shoppers with all the fantastic products they can find in their local SPAR store

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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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Webb Ellis Cup Attracts 300 Visitors to SPAR Market Harborough

August 27, 2015

Rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, visits SPAR Market Harborough as part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Trophy Tour

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SPAR Supports Pupils to ‘Grow their Own’

July 16, 2015

Schoolchildren from a South Wales-based primary school are able to grow their own vegetables thanks to the volunteering efforts of employees from Blakemore Retail

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Blakemore Retail Hosts 2015 Managers Conference

July 02, 2015

More than 600 store managers, field staff, A.F. Blakemore colleagues and suppliers attend Blakemore Retail’s 2015 Managers Conference to find out more about the company’s key business strategies

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Blakemore Retail Raises £14,173 for Nepal Earthquake Survivors

June 30, 2015

The Disasters Emergency Committee thanks Blakemore Retail for donating £14,173 to its Nepal Earthquake Appeal

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SPAR Glemsford Lend Helping Hand to Local School

June 19, 2015

Blakemore Retail SPAR Glemsford has lent a helping hand to their local primary school by funding the refurbishment of the school’s adventure playground.

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SPAR Crewe Celebrates Loyal Customer’s Centenary

June 12, 2015

SPAR Crewe presents one of their most loyal customers with a trio of gifts to mark her 100th birthday

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SPAR Wins Symbol Retailer of the Year at the Grocer Gold Awards

June 11, 2015

SPAR UK wins the highly coveted Symbol Retailer of the Year award at the most prestigious awards in the food and drink industry

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Blakemore Employees Support Largest National Day of Volunteering

May 19, 2015

More than 50 employee volunteers from across the A.F. Blakemore estate make a difference to their communities as part of Business in the Community’s national day of volunteering

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SPAR Wins at Him! CTP Awards 2015

May 15, 2015

SPAR has scooped the award for Best Food-To-Go Convenience Retailer at the annual Him! CTP Awards

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Blakemore Retail Helps to Combat the Ebola Crisis

March 26, 2015

Oxfam thanks Blakemore Retail for donating £11,626 to the charity’s Ebola Crisis Appeal

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SPAR UK Launches ‘Eggscellent’ Easter Digital Fun

March 06, 2015

SPAR launches a new Easter section on its spar.co.uk website to show shoppers what’s in store

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Abbots Langley SPAR Tougher Than Ever

February 10, 2015

Blakemore Retail’s SPAR Abbots Langley are a longstanding supporters of the Abbots Langley Tough Ten Races.

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2015 Sets Off with a Bang for SPAR UK

January 23, 2015

SPAR UK celebrates a strong start to 2015, with excellent Christmas and New Year trading figures, striking Shop & Win campaign results, and SPAR Brand back on TV screens

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Blakemore Retail Opens Flagship SPAR Forecourt Store

November 05, 2014

Blakemore Retail opens a brand new purpose-built petrol forecourt store in Louth, Lincolnshire

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Sky Dive Raises in Excess of £2,000 for Prostate Cancer UK

October 28, 2014

Three employees from Blakemore Retail Dolgellau raise more than £2,000 following a sky dive for Prostate Cancer UK

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SPAR Wins Symbol Group of the Year at Retail Industry Awards

September 29, 2014

SPAR scoops eight top awards and two commendations at the Retail Industry Awards

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£9,000 Raised for Norfolk Accident and Rescue Service

September 23, 2014

A store manager from Blakemore Retail SPAR Great Yarmouth has helped to raise around £9,000 for Norfolk Accident & Rescue Service

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Local SPAR Store in Bromsgrove Raises Vital Funds for Children

September 03, 2014

Employees from Blakemore Retail Bromsgrove have used pedal power to raise £450 for the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service

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Blakemore Retail Partners with Greggs Bakery

September 02, 2014

Blakemore Retail begins a trial with iconic high street brand Greggs

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Blakemore Retail Donates Further £44,000 to ChildLine

September 02, 2014

Blakemore Retail employees donate a further £44,097 to the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service

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100 Stores Celebrate SPAR Welsh Food and Drink Fortnight

August 21, 2014

One hundred SPAR stores join together to promote the best of Welsh food and drink

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Blakemore Retail Opens Brand New SPAR and Subway

July 21, 2014

Blakemore Retail launches a brand new purpose-built SPAR and Subway in King’s Lynn, Norfolk

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Blakemore Retail Outlines 2020 Vision at Managers Conference

July 01, 2014

Senior leaders from across the business deliver the division’s 2020 Vision

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Chapel St Leonards Celebrates Relaunch

June 30, 2014

Chapel St Leonards celebrate a major refurbishment by inviting members of the local community to officially reopen the site

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Upton Employee Recognised at Business in the Community Awards

June 26, 2014

Blakemore Retail employee Laura Horsefield from Upton picks up a prestigious Business in the Community award in recognition of her commitment to the community

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Pedal Power Raises £8,000 for ChildLine

June 24, 2014

Blakemore Retail area managers John Kelly and John Dyson get on their bikes for ChildLine

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Triple Success for Blakemore’s at Business in the Community Awards

June 12, 2014

A.F. Blakemore wins three Big Ticks as part of the prestigious Business in the Community Awards 2014

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Employees Join Forces to Create Outdoor Classroom

June 10, 2014

A team of 29 employee volunteers from across Blakemore Retail have joined forces to create an outdoor classroom for a South Wales Primary School.

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SPAR UK Hosts Annual Conference

June 03, 2014

SPAR retailers from across the UK hear from key industry leaders at the SPAR Convention 2014

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A.F. Blakemore Supports National Day of Volunteering

May 16, 2014

Volunteers from across A.F. Blakemore support Business in the Community’s national day of volunteering, Give and Gain Day 2014

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Blakemore Retail Strategy Days Pave the Way for 2020

April 02, 2014

Blakemore Retail hosts a series of strategy days for field and store management teams to discuss the practical steps that the division can take to achieve long-term sustainable growth

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New SPAR Opens at Wath-upon-Dearne

March 10, 2014

Blakemore Retail opens a brand new store at a prime retail park location in South Yorkshire

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Upton and Crewe Support Schools Healthy Eating Week

January 23, 2014

The Blakemore Foundation has donated fruit to the value of £450 through Blakemore Retail stores in Crewe and Upton as part of a schools healthy eating initiative.

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SPAR Store Striving for Cleaner Community

January 14, 2014

Blakemore Retail, Stannington have joined forces with Action for Stannington to encourage residents to take positive action to keep their community clean.

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Bassaleg Road Goes from Strength to Strength

January 07, 2014

SPAR Bassaleg Road enjoys sales boost after relocating to brand new purpose-built site

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