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Conrad Davies Launches SPAR Market Store

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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SPAR Increases Own-Label Prosecco Range with Two New Additions

April 12, 2017

SPAR UK is increasing its own-label wine offering with the launch of two new Proseccos

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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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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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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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SPAR Brand Cheesecake Pots Meet Demand for Everyday Treat

June 21, 2016

SPAR Brand introduces two new cheesecake pots to meet consumer demand for an everyday treat

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New SPAR Lines Make Cooking Chicken Even Easier

June 21, 2016

SPAR Brand launches two new ready-to-cook chicken lines, set to make cooking chicken even easier and more convenient for shoppers this summer

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New On-Trend Snacking Lines for SPAR’s Daily Deli

June 20, 2016

SPAR UK launches two new Daily Deli lines into the SPAR Brand lunchtime range, in a move to grow sales in the popular savoury snacking sector

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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 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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SPAR is There for Entertainment with New Radio Service

April 28, 2016

SPAR UK launches an exciting new Broadband radio service for retailers

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Bring on Alfresco Dining with SPAR Brand’s Summertime Range

April 26, 2016

SPAR Brand’s summertime range launches in April, bringing retailers delicious food and drink that’s perfect for increasing sales this season – whatever the weather.

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SPAR Brand Makes Summers Even Tastier with Revamped Meats

April 26, 2016

SPAR Brand is introducing and highlighting a range of delicious meat lines, to help inspire shoppers getting set for barbecues and alfresco dining this summer.

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Blakemore Trade Partners Helps Retailers Prepare for National Living Wage

March 24, 2016

Blakemore Trade Partners lays on a series of operational efficiency workshops for SPAR retailers to help prepare them for the introduction of the National Living Wage

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SPAR Brand Sharing Snacks Get Summery Revamp

March 15, 2016

SPAR Brand refreshes its range of sharing snacks in time for summer

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SPAR EAT 17 Wins Drinks Industry Award

February 10, 2016

EAT 17’s SPAR Hackney store is crowned Convenience Drinks Retailer of the Year at the Drinks Retailing Awards 2016

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SPAR Parkfoot and EAT 17 Make Convenience Retail Awards Shortlist

February 03, 2016

The Kent and London-based stores have been announced as finalists in the Best Independent Convenience Store category

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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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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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SPAR Brand Warms Up Winter Sales with New Hot Beverages

January 20, 2016

SPAR heats up sales for the rest of winter with the launch of great quality new hot drinks from SPAR Brand

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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 Shines Again at Wholesale Q Awards

September 29, 2015

SPAR UK takes home an incredible 31 Wholesale Q awards, including Wholesaler of the Year for the second year running

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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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SPAR Revamps Evening Meals with New Products and Prices

September 10, 2015

SPAR UK refreshes its evening meals offering this autumn with new ready meals, accompaniments and a simpler pricing strategy

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Non-stop Innovation in SPAR Brand Wine this Autumn

September 10, 2015

Innovation in SPAR’s wine range continues at full speed this autumn thanks to the latest developments from SPAR Brand

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Blakemore Trade Partners Launches New Roadchef and Rontec Trial Stores

August 05, 2015

Blakemore Trade Partners opens its first trial stores with motorway service station operator Roadchef and forecourt operator Rontec

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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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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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Blakemore Trade Partners Hosts Retailer Roadshows

May 26, 2015

Blakemore Trade Partners lays on a series of roadshows for retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild to keep them up to date with their latest initiatives

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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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