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Peter’s View

September 2017

Peter_BlakemoreThis week has been a very important week for both the family and the business. 

Last weekend was a special time for the family as we celebrated Tomas and Liz getting married, together with a large number of relatives and some close friends.

We were extremely lucky to have glorious weather over the weekend, which was particularly fortunate as we had around 50 relatives from Wales and Ireland travelling to join us for the wedding and a big family barbeque the following day.

We are today celebrating our 100th year in business with events and parties across the whole company.

This is a tremendous achievement for a family business to reach this significant milestone. 

I would like to wish you all a fun and enjoyable day and also take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment and recognise the role that you all play in our ongoing success.

As we look towards the future, we have also announced a re-organisation of the company management team to Sam Wilcox will retire from the company in November and I would like to thank him for his contribution to our growth for the past 31 years.

I shall continue to be Group Chairman and have appointed Geoff Hallam and Jerry Marwood as Joint Managing Directors. Caoire and Tom will also join the Group Board and Scott Munro-Morris will extend his role so that he will also serve as Deputy Chairman.

I would like to wish them all every success in their new roles.

Since the announcement last January of the merger between Tesco and Booker there has been a period of intense discussions between the main operators in the market.

This has all led to intense speculation in the national and trade press and as you will be aware has included Blakemore’s and SPAR in some of the wilder rumours.

We have always and will continue to explore opportunities to strengthen and improve the business and have been working with outside consultants to enable us to take advantage of this period of rapid change in the main markets where we operate.

Back to our milestone this week, we have grown over a long period of time to become one of the largest family owned companies engaged in food distribution in the country and we intend to continue growing in the future.

Enjoy the birthday celebrations!

Peter Blakemore
A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd Chairman

September 1st 2017  


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