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HR Director Ian Diment to Share Equality & Diversity Strategy

September 18, 2017

A.F. Blakemore Group HR Director Ian Diment will reveal A.F. Blakemore’s new Equality & Diversity strategy at a Women in Wholesale conference

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SPAR Retail Show 2017: The Customer at Heart

September 12, 2017

More than 1,100 guests attend this year’s Blakemore Trade Partners SPAR Retail Show

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Wolverhampton Cash & Carry Celebrates Relaunch

August 04, 2017

Blakemore Wholesale has relaunched its Wolverhampton Cash & Carry depot as part of a company-wide strategic plan to reposition its depots nationwide

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A.F. Blakemore Launches Apprenticeship Partnership with PTP

August 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore announces West Midlands-based training company Performance Through People as the lead provider in the delivery of its 2017/18 apprenticeship programme

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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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A.F. Blakemore Scoops Two HIM Wholesale Awards

July 04, 2017

A.F. Blakemore picks up two top accolades at the HIM Wholesale Awards 2017

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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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A.F. Blakemore and Barclays Join Forces to Develop Future Talent

June 20, 2017

Eight future business leaders have collaborated on an innovative development programme that seeks to enhance their skills by supporting two West Midlands based start-up companies

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New Blakemore Logistics Livery Hits the Road

May 31, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has begun the rollout of a brand new livery design on its distribution fleet

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A.F. Blakemore Continues to Drive Apprentices to Achieve Potential

May 26, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has welcomed five new apprentices onto its Logistics Apprenticeship Programme

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Blakemore Wholesale Launches Mobile Ordering App

May 22, 2017

Blakemore Wholesale has launched a brand new mobile ordering platform giving customers the ease of ordering on the go

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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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Blakemore Design & Shopfitting and Blakemore Property Achieve Investors in People Bronze

May 03, 2017

In recognition of their investment in staff, Blakemore Design & Shopfitting and Blakemore Property have been awarded Investors in People Bronze status

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A.F. Blakemore Launches 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme

April 05, 2017

A.F. Blakemore is celebrating its centenary with a charitable giving scheme offering one-off community grants worth £1,917 to good causes across the company’s trading area

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Eat 17 Scoops Three Convenience Retail Awards

March 20, 2017

SPAR Eat 17 Hackney has been crowned Best Large Convenience Store at the Convenience Retail Awards

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2017 Responsible Business Report Out Now

February 28, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has published its 2017 Responsible Business Report

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A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd Reports a Rise in Sales and Profits for 2015/16

January 10, 2017

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd posts a 0.2% increase in profits and 2.4% increase in sales in its latest set of accounts

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A.F. Blakemore Launches New Employability Programme

January 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore launches a new community programme to inspire, engage and motivate young people into the world of work

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A.F. Blakemore Celebrates 100 Years of Success

January 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is marking its centenary with a series of celebrations throughout 2017

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Blakemore Foodservice Celebrates Top Caterers at Catering Awards

December 22, 2016

Blakemore Foodservice celebrates the achievements of customers across the catering sector at its annual Catering Awards

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Road Safety Week Reaches Out to 900 Schoolchildren

November 29, 2016

More than 900 pupils from across the West Midlands are educated on the rules of the road as part of Blakemore Logistics’ annual road safety campaign

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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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Peter Blakemore Outlines Vision for One Company with One Goal

November 25, 2016

Peter Blakemore reinforces his vision of “one company with one goal” for A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd at the company’s 2016 Management Group Meeting

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Blakemore Logistics Colleagues Recognised at House of Commons

November 03, 2016

Two Blakemore Logistics colleagues are recognised for their achievements at the Federation of Wholesale Distributors’ Skills and Development Awards

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Blakemore Wholesale Celebrates Top Retailers at Glittering Awards Evening

October 19, 2016

Blakemore Wholesale recognises its top retailers at its second annual Retailer of the Year Grand Awards Evening and Gala Dinner

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SPAR Retail Show Shines a Light on Retail Excellence

October 06, 2016

A record-breaking 1,000 guests attend Blakemore Trade Partners’ annual SPAR Retail Show, branded ‘Retail Excellence’

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Further Bmorelocal Store Opens in Grimsby

October 04, 2016

Blakemore Wholesale opens a third premium convenience store in the Grimsby area under the banner Bmorelocal

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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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Blakemore Retail Opens New Flagship Store

August 22, 2016

Blakemore Retail opens a brand new flagship petrol forecourt store in Laceby, North East Lincolnshire

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A.F. Blakemore Invests £1 Million in Penrith Depot Re-launch

August 09, 2016

A.F. Blakemore invests £1 million in re-launching its Penrith Cash & Carry depot as it looks to significantly expand its customer base across Cumbria

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Eat 17 Opens Third Store in Whitstable

July 28, 2016

Award-winning retail and restaurant business Eat 17 launches a new SPAR store in Whitstable, Kent

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Future Sports Stars Battle It Out at Blakemore Logistics Junior Football Competition

July 28, 2016

Football fever descends on the Black Country this summer for the Blakemore Logistics Junior Football Competition

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A.F. Blakemore & Son Recognised in Top Track 100

July 22, 2016

A.F. Blakemore & Son is named the 39th largest privately owned company in Britain in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100

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Blakemore Fresh Foods Achieves another Year of Record Sales

July 20, 2016

Blakemore Fresh Foods’ expansion into new trading areas has been identified as the key reason for the company achieving a consecutive year of record sales

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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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Triple Success for A.F. Blakemore’s Responsible Business Programme

June 27, 2016

Three of A.F. Blakemore’s responsible business programmes receive reaccreditation for a second year at Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards

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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution Unveils New Sales Director

June 22, 2016

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution announces that Raj Krishan has been appointed the company’s new sales director

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Blakemore Trade Partners Appoints New Marketing Director

June 20, 2016

Blakemore Trade Partners appoints Sarah Ellis to the new position of Marketing Director

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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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A.F. Blakemore Appoints Director of Corporate Affairs

June 16, 2016

A.F. Blakemore appoints Paul Cowley to the new position of Director of Corporate Affairs

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Blakemore Wholesale Launches New Bmorelocal Fascia

June 01, 2016

Blakemore Wholesale unveils a brand new premium fascia to the independent retail market

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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 Trade Partners Achieves Record Recruitment Figures

May 04, 2016

Blakemore Trade Partners announces its best ever set of recruitment figures for the 2015/16 year

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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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New Operations Director for Blakemore Wholesale

March 03, 2016

Blakemore Wholesale appoints Paul Rabone as the division’s new operations director

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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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A.F. Blakemore Calls for Greater Supplier Collaboration

February 25, 2016

A.F. Blakemore Group Managing Director Peter Blakemore calls for greater collaboration with the company’s supplier base to help drive mutual success

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Blakemore Trade Partners Takes On Biggest Community Project Yet

February 01, 2016

A team of 64 colleagues from Blakemore Trade Partners volunteer more than 400 hours of work time to an outdoor education centre in Oxfordshire

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Blakemore Wholesale Appoints New Managing Director

January 06, 2016

A.F. Blakemore appoints Russell Grant as the new managing director of the company’s Wholesale division

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Blakemore Foodservice Celebrates Top Caterers at Awards

December 17, 2015

Blakemore Foodservice rewards its top catering customers at its annual Catering Awards

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A.F. Blakemore Reports a Rise in Sales and Profits for 2014/15

December 02, 2015

A.F. Blakemore posts an 18.5% increase in profits and 7.1% increase in sales in its latest set of accounts

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Blakemore Wholesale Launches New Bangor Depot

December 02, 2015

Blakemore Wholesale enhances its offering to customers in North West Wales with the relocation of its Bangor Cash & Carry to a brand new, purpose-built site

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West Midlands Schools Learn Rules of the Road

November 30, 2015

More than 700 pupils across the West Midlands are educated on the rules of the road as part of Blakemore Logistics’ annual road safety campaign

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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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Group Management Meeting Targets 2020 Vision

November 05, 2015

Peter Blakemore outlines his belief that A.F. Blakemore has the strategy, tools and people to achieve the company’s 2020 objectives

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Blakemore Wholesale Hosts Retailer of the Year Awards

November 05, 2015

Blakemore Wholesale recognises its top retailers at its first Retailer of the Year Grand Awards Evening and Gala Dinner

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EAT 17 Wins IGD Innovative Store of the Year Award

October 12, 2015

EAT 17’s SPAR Hackney wins the prestigious national IGD Innovative Store of the Year award

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SPAR Retail Show 2015: Take a Fresh Look

October 01, 2015

A record 1,000 delegates attend Blakemore Trade Partners’ annual SPAR Retail Show to learn about the latest developments across SPAR UK’s Meridian & Welsh Guild

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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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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution Announces Contract to Supply House of Lords

August 27, 2015

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution announces a two-year contract to supply the House of Lords

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Blakemore Foodservice Celebrates Double Contract Win

August 25, 2015

Blakemore Foodservice wins new contracts to supply Leicestershire County Council and the London Borough of Barnet

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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution Reveals Ambitious Growth Plans

August 05, 2015

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution unveils ambitious plans to more than double the size of its operation in line with A.F. Blakemore’s group-wide 2020 strategy

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Blakemore Fine Foods Launches Online Ordering and Reduces Order Lead Times

July 27, 2015

Blakemore Fine Foods enhances its customer services with a new online ordering system and reduced lead times on orders

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SPAR Meridian & Welsh Guild Welcomes New Board Members

July 23, 2015

SPAR UK’s Meridian & Welsh Guild welcomes four new members to its board of retailers, with more than 100 years of experience in convenience retailing between them

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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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A.F. Blakemore Embarks on New Retail Partnerships

July 01, 2015

A.F. Blakemore commences a national agreement with Euro Garages and trials with Rontec and Roadchef

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Blakemore Foodservice Retains Investors in People Bronze Accreditation

June 30, 2015

Blakemore Foodservice receives re-accreditation for its nationally recognised Investors in People Bronze standard

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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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Blakemore Wholesale Re-Launches Retail Symbol Group Package

June 26, 2015

Blakemore Wholesale launches a new and improved promotional package to help retailers grow sales, drive footfall and get new products to market faster

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SPAR and YMCA Launch First ‘Not for Profit’ Store

June 25, 2015

Blakemore Trade Partners and YMCA North Staffordshire launch a SPAR social enterprise in Stoke on Trent

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New A.F. Blakemore Newspaper Published

June 24, 2015

A.F. Blakemore publishes a new Blakemore Way newspaper for summer 2015

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Triple Big Tick Success for A.F. Blakemore

June 11, 2015

A.F. Blakemore celebrates after three of its responsible business programmes retain their Big Tick status at the Business in the Community 2015 Awards for Excellence

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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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SPAR 2015 Meridian & Welsh Guild Conference Achieves Record Attendance

June 04, 2015

More than 280 guests including SPAR retailers, suppliers and A.F. Blakemore employees attend the 2015 SPAR Meridian & Welsh Guild conference held in Sitges, Spain

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Blakemore Wholesale Launches New Online Ordering Website

June 01, 2015

Blakemore Wholesale unveils a new online ordering platform offering a faster and more efficient service for customers

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A.F. Blakemore Partners with The Prince’s Trust

May 29, 2015

Blakemore Logistics teams up with The Prince’s Trust to help a group of unemployed young people from across the West Midlands find work in the logistics industry

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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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A.F. Blakemore Announces Joint Venture with EAT 17

May 07, 2015

A.F. Blakemore embarks on a joint venture with SPAR retail and restaurant business EAT 17 Ltd

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Blakemore Fine Foods and Wholesale Distribution Exhibit at National Convenience Show

April 29, 2015

Blakemore Fine Foods and Blakemore Wholesale Distribution showcase their latest products and services to convenience and speciality food retailers at the National Convenience Show

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Blakemore Trade Partners Launches New Retailer Induction

April 29, 2015

Blakemore Trade Partners launches a brand new retailer induction programme to welcome new retailers to SPAR

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Independent SPAR Retailer Shortlisted for International Convenience Award

April 21, 2015

Vote for SPAR Hackney EAT 17 to be crowned International Convenience Retailer of the Year

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Blakemore SPARs Scoop Two Convenience Retail Awards

April 01, 2015

Two A.F. Blakemore SPAR stores are crowned winners at the Convenience Retail Awards 2015

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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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A.F. Blakemore Practice Interviews Support 1,500 Students

March 26, 2015

A.F. Blakemore’s Education Matters programme breaks records, with employees supporting more than 1,500 students in practice interviews so far this financial year

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Simon Smith Group Unveils Unique New SPAR Forecourt

March 02, 2015

Independent retailer Susie Hawkins opens her first SPAR forecourt store in the village of Highworth near Swindon

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Blakemore Fine Foods Unveils Next Phase of Re-Launch

February 26, 2015

Blakemore Fine Foods announces the second phase of its strategic re-launch, with the expansion of its operational team and online presence

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Four Blakemore SPARs Make Convenience Retail Awards Shortlist

February 03, 2015

Two of A.F. Blakemore’s company-owned stores and two independent stores are in the running for a national retail award

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New A.F. Blakemore Magazine Published

February 02, 2015

A.F. Blakemore publishes a new company magazine featuring activity that has taken place across the business over the last year

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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution Appoints Managing Director

January 09, 2015

A.F. Blakemore announces the appointment of a new managing director with specific responsibility for the company’s Wholesale Distribution division

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A.F. Blakemore Joins Forces with Barclays

December 02, 2014

Employee volunteers from A.F. Blakemore’s finance department join forces with Barclays to support young people across the Black Country in a day of enterprise challenges

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A.F. Blakemore Outlines 2020 Growth Strategy

December 01, 2014

A.F. Blakemore Group Managing Director Peter Blakemore calls upon the company’s management team to focus upon collaboration and innovation to enable the business to achieve its 2020 strategic goals

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A.F. Blakemore Publishes 2013/14 Accounts

November 28, 2014

A.F. Blakemore reports a rise in sales and profits for 2013/14

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A.F. Blakemore Supports Express & Star Apprenticeship Campaign

November 11, 2014

A.F. Blakemore’s accounts department has opened its doors to a young apprentice as part of the Express & Star’s Ladder for the Black Country apprenticeship campaign.

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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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Blakemore Wholesale Wins Three Landmark Wholesale Awards

November 05, 2014

Blakemore Wholesale scoops three prestigious accolades at the 2014 Landmark Wholesale Annual Awards and Gala Dinner

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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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SPAR Retail Show 2014: Making Missions Possible

September 18, 2014

Retailers learn about the latest developments in the convenience sector at Blakemore Trade Partners’ annual SPAR Retail Show

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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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