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SPAR Retail Show 2018 Set to be Biggest Yet

July 19, 2018

This year’s SPAR Retail Show on September 6th is set to be the biggest ever, with more than 230 suppliers exhibiting

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SPAR Announced as an Official Partner of 2018 European Championships

July 17, 2018

SPAR International is announced as an Official Partner of the 2018 European Championships from taking place in Glasgow and Berlin this year

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SPAR Brand Revamps Ready Meal Designs with Fresh, Ingredients Photography

June 04, 2018

SPAR redesigns its ready meal range with a fresh and foodie new look

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SPAR Brand Relaunches Cooked Meats with Packaging Redesign

June 04, 2018

SPAR Brand relaunches seven of its standard cooked meat lines with revamped packaging to highlight its value and quality to consumers

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Guild Academy Launches New Interactive Learning Modules

June 01, 2018

A.F. Blakemore’s Guild Academy extends its Interactive Learning programme for SPAR retailers with the launch of a new suite of online learning modules

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A.F. Blakemore Rolls Out Tonight’s Tea Concept across SPAR Stores

May 30, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is rolling out a new Tonight’s Tea concept across its company-owned and independent SPAR stores after a successful trial

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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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SPAR Wins Top Titles at HIM Awards

May 11, 2018

SPAR UK scoops two wins at the HIM Awards 2018

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SPAR Brand Revamps Crisps & Snacks Line-up with Brand New Products and Range Redesigns

May 09, 2018

SPAR Brand relaunches its crisps and snacks range with seven new lines and a fresh new design for the entire range

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Seven Questions with SPAR Retailer Conrad Davies

April 03, 2018

Leading convenience retailer Conrad Davies answers questions about his journey with SPAR and the success of his four-store-strong business

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New SPAR Store Launches at Roadchef Strensham South

March 23, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners launches a new SPAR store offering premium food to go at Roadchef Strensham South Services in Worcestershire

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Next Phase of SPAR’s On-trend Wine Revamp Rolls Out This Spring

March 22, 2018

SPAR Brand is kicking off the second phase of its own-brand wine range update, with two exciting new line-ups arriving this spring

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SPAR Landmark Place: Catering For Time-Poor Customers in Cardiff City Centre

March 14, 2018

Focussing on the needs of time-poor customers reaps rewards for SPAR Landmark Place

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SPAR Brand Updates Sandwich Range with Modern New Look

March 02, 2018

SPAR is bringing a fresh look and a new bread recipe to its own brand sandwich range, to make the range feel more modern, and improve its quality for shoppers

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Blakemore Trade Partners Launches Mobile Ordering App

March 01, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners launches a brand new mobile app to give its retailers the ease of ordering on the go

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SPAR Announced as National Partner for IAAF World Indoor Championships

February 27, 2018

SPAR is announced as a National Partner for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018

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Focus on Fresh and Feed Me Now Working at SPAR Pwllheli

February 15, 2018

SPAR Pwllheli goes from strength to strength since reopening its doors in September 2017, following major renovation work

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SPAR Brand Cola Zero Strips Back the Sugar

February 15, 2018

SPAR Brand is responding to trends in the market and consumers’ needs with the launch of two zero sugar colas

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Blakemore Trade Partners Welcomes Biddle’s of Webheath, Redditch

February 06, 2018

Biddle’s is a family-run business that believes in great products at a great price for their customers

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Inside Eat 17’s Latest Store at Bishop’s Stortford

January 31, 2018

A.F. Blakemore and entrepreneurial business partners James Brundle and Chris O’Connor opened their latest Eat 17 store in the Hertfordshire town of Bishop’s Stortford in November

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Blakemore Trade Partners Welcomes Hockenhull Garages

January 30, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners welcomes Hockenhull Garages (HGS) – a new petrol station and SPAR convenience store in South Wigston, Leicester

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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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A.F. Blakemore Ready and Waiting to Sign Up New Retail Accounts Today

November 30, 2017

If you are looking for a new supplier partner for your store, look no further than our SPAR team here at Blakemore Trade Partners

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SPAR Prosecco Awarded Which? Best Buy Taste Test

November 22, 2017

SPAR Brand’s Prosecco Valdobbadene DOCG has received a November 2017 Best Buy Taste Test from consumer champion Which?

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SPAR Welcomes Retailers to the UK’s Strongest Symbol Group

November 21, 2017

SPAR is set to welcome independent retailers from across the country to the most stable and successful symbol group in the UK, following its focus on recruiting new convenience stores and forecourts in recent months

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Flagship SPAR Market Store Launches in North Wales

November 16, 2017

Leading convenience retailer Conrad Davies launches the first flagship SPAR Market store in Gwynedd, Wales

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SPAR Launches Exciting New Range of Wines

October 26, 2017

SPAR UK launches a brand new range of own-label wines to target specific customer missions and occasions

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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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Blakemore Trade Partners Colleagues Take On ‘100’ Challenges

October 12, 2017

Blakemore Trade Partners colleagues have raised more than £5,000 by taking part in a series of unusual and challenging ‘100’ themed fundraisers to mark A.F. Blakemore’s centenary

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Blakemore SPARs Celebrate Industry Award Success

October 03, 2017

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild win 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 Brand Evening Meals Launch Taps into Quality Trend

September 18, 2017

SPAR UK is launching a new range of top-quality, premium meals to help its retailers meet shopper demand for products with quality ingredients and provenance

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Hockmeyer Motors SPAR Sleaford Crowned Baldwin Trophy Winners at SRS 2017

September 12, 2017

Hockmeyer Motors SPAR Sleaford wins the prestigious Baldwin Trophy at Blakemore Trade Partners’ SPAR Retail Show

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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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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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SPAR’s Shop & Win Returns with Digital Innovation and 60th Anniversary Theme

June 20, 2017

On the back of its huge popularity, SPAR’s multi award-winning footfall driving campaign Shop & Win is back this summer with new digital innovation, even bigger prizes, and stunning pop-art imagery to tie in with SPAR UK’s 60th anniversary

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Colleagues Complete Sponsored Walk for Kidney Wales

June 19, 2017

Colleagues from across A.F. Blakemore’s Talbot Green depot embarked upon an 11 mile Walk for Life to raise over £1,600 for Kidney Wales.

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Blakemore Trade Partners Supports South Wales Youth Project

May 26, 2017

An army of 40 volunteers from Blakemore Trade Partners has donated 520 hours of employee time supporting a youth project in South Wales

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SPAR UK Retailers Shine with Easy Meal Ideas

May 24, 2017

SPAR UK retailers are in shape for a fantastic summer of sales with SPAR UK rolling out the next phase of its Easy Meals campaign

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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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SPAR UK Grows Retail Sales by 8.5% in 2016

May 16, 2017

SPAR UK’s retail sales figures for 2016 rose by 8.5% to £2.84 billion, thanks to a surge of retailers joining the SPAR model, a fresh marketing approach, and a strong focus on food service

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SPAR Increases Own-Label Medicine Range

April 20, 2017

Following on from its recent successes delivering award-winning own-brand products, SPAR is set to release its latest offering into the medicine market

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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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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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SPAR Launches Own Brand Popcorn Range

March 09, 2017

SPAR Brand launches a trendy new impulse range of popcorn consisting of Sweet & Salted and Salted flavours

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SPAR Doubles Up On Wine Events

February 23, 2017

Following on from the hugely successful Craft Ale & Beer event held throughout February, SPAR is now turning its attention to delighting wine drinkers with two planned events in 2017

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SPAR’s Recipe for Deliciously Simple and Convenient Evening Meals

January 23, 2017

As part of SPAR’s commitment to delivering products which meet the changing needs of their customers, SPAR UK has unveiled a new range of own brand cooking sauces

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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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SPAR Mince Pies Gain Good Housekeeping Endorsement

October 27, 2016

SPAR’s multi award-winning Luxury Mince Pies have been endorsed by the Good Housekeeping Institute, ahead of their Christmas launch on 24th October

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New SPAR Snacking Range Taps Trend for Healthy Treats

October 27, 2016

SPAR Brand is launching an on-trend fruit, nuts and seeds snacking range, tapping into consumer demand for healthier snacks

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SPAR Brings Shoppers Sweet Treat with New Premium Cookies

October 26, 2016

To make the most of the growing opportunity in the biscuit market, SPAR is launching a range of three new delicious all butter luxury cookies under their own brand

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SPAR’s Seasonal Alcohol Range Brings Extra Fizz this Christmas

October 10, 2016

SPAR Brand is bringing extra fizz to its Christmas offering in 2016 with the launch of new SPAR Prosecco Speciale, alongside its fantastic seasonal alcohol range

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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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SPAR’s 12 Deals of Christmas Promotion Returns for 2016

October 05, 2016

SPAR UK is supporting the return of its 12 Deals of Christmas campaign this year, kicking off on October 6th for 12 weeks, with a raft of marketing activities

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SPAR Brand Inspires Shoppers with Evening Meals this Autumn

October 03, 2016

SPAR UK is expanding and revamping its evening meals range this October, while inspiring shoppers with the launch of an evening meal campaign

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SPAR’s Weekly Deals Set to Boost Sales Ahead of Holidays

August 25, 2016

SPAR UK is running a series of weekly promotional deals for shoppers, to help retailers drive sales during key events this year

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Forecourt Trader Awards Finalists Announced

August 24, 2016

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild celebrate making the finals of the 2016 Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards

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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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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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