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A.F. Blakemore to Launch New Supplier Invoicing Portal

November 15, 2017

A.F. Blakemore is set to launch a bespoke new supplier invoicing portal

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A.F. Blakemore Celebrates Equality, Inclusion and Diversity

October 25, 2017

A.F. Blakemore hosts an Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Week as part of a series of commemorative events to celebrate 100 years in business

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A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd Reports Solid Results for 2016/17

October 18, 2017

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd Chairman Peter Blakemore has described a “good, solid result” for the 2016/17 financial year during a period of intense change across the food retail and wholesale markets

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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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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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Latest Bmorelocal Store Launches in South Yorkshire

September 14, 2017

Blakemore Wholesale opens its eighth Bmorelocal store in Rotherham, South Yorkshire

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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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100-Year Anniversary Celebrations Get Underway

July 27, 2017

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, A.F. Blakemore has organised a series of focus weeks emphasising the importance of growing a sustainable business for the next 100 years

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

July 26, 2017

A.F. Blakemore & Son has been named the 44th largest privately owned company in Britain in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100

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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 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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Blakemore Wholesale Calls Upon Suppliers to Support New Catering and On-Trade Strategy

June 15, 2017

Blakemore Wholesale has called upon its supplier base to support a new strategy that seeks to double the business’s catering and on-trade sales over the next three years

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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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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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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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Blakemore Colleagues Join Forces to Help Local Good Cause

April 03, 2017

A team of 30 colleagues from Blakemore Retail and Blakemore Trade Partners donate more than 250 hours of employee time to supporting a local community allotment

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Invitation to Blakemore Retail Charity Ball

April 02, 2017

Join us for Blakemore Retail’s Charity Ball on Friday 28th April 2017

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Blakemore Wholesale Launches New Active Selling Training

March 22, 2017

Blakemore Wholesale launches a new Active Selling training programme to support promotional initiatives and help drive additional sales across its cash & carry estate

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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution Announces Contract with Royal Voluntary Service

March 22, 2017

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution wins a five-year contract to supply 220 Royal Voluntary Service hospital sites across Britain

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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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Working in Partnership: SPAR Supplier Conference

March 19, 2017

A.F. Blakemore held a conference for suppliers to its SPAR divisions in March, providing an update on the company’s strategy for growth and the benefits of collaborative working with suppliers

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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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Blakemore Trade Partners Appoints New Head of Formats

February 01, 2017

John Murray joins the Blakemore Trade Partners Development team in the newly created position of Head of Formats

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Blakemore Branching Out Completes First School-Based Activity

January 31, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s Branching Out community programme completes its first engagement activity in a West Midlands school

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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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Blakemore Trade Partners Appoints New Trading Director

December 05, 2016

Blakemore Trade Partners announces the appointment of Rupert Morris to the role of Trading Director

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Jerry Marwood Trading Update

December 05, 2016

Blakemore Trade Partners Managing Director Jerry Marwood updates suppliers on the latest changes across the A.F. Blakemore Group

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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution Renews Partnership with BP

December 04, 2016

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution announces a new two-year contract to supply 320 BP forecourt sites across the UK

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Blakemore Wholesale Opens Fourth Bmorelocal Store

November 29, 2016

Blakemore Wholesale opens a new Bmorelocal store in the North East of England

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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 Wholesale Distribution Exhibits at Vending Trade Show

November 29, 2016

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution teams up with suppliers to exhibit at the Vendex trade show

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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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Gateshead Cash & Carry Crowned Delivered Depot of the Year

November 28, 2016

Blakemore Wholesale’s Gateshead Cash & Carry is named Delivered Depot of the Year at the prestigious Landmark Wholesale Annual Awards and Gala Dinner 2016

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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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Online Ordering App Doubles Sales at SPAR Retail Show

November 01, 2016

Blakemore Trade Partners launches a brand new online ordering app for its 2016 event

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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 SPARs Shortlisted for Multiple Industry Awards

August 30, 2016

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild receive recognition on the Retail Industry Awards and Forecourt Trader Awards shortlists

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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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Blakemore Wholesale Launches New Bmorelocal Fascia

August 14, 2016

Bmorelocal is Blakemore Wholesale’s premium store format, attracting the best retailers with the highest store standards

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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution Unveils New Sales Director

August 01, 2016

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution has appoints Raj Krishan as the division’s new sales director

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A.F. Blakemore Appoints New Wholesale Trading Director

August 01, 2016

A.F. Blakemore welcomes Richard Jorden as the new Wholesale Trading Director

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Blakemore Retail Welcomes Seven My Local Stores

July 28, 2016

Blakemore Retail expands its SPAR estate to 300 stores after acquiring seven My Local sites across England and Wales

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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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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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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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Blakemore Wholesale Introduces New Supplier Insight Tool

May 25, 2016

Blakemore Wholesale pioneers a new cloud-based reporting tool to help foster greater collaboration with suppliers based upon accurate sales-out data

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SPAR Retail Show 2016: SPAR Suppliers Sign Up Now

May 23, 2016

A.F. Blakemore is inviting its SPAR suppliers to attend its 2016 SPAR Retail Show

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Call to Action: A.F. Blakemore Schools Football Competition 2016

May 23, 2016

A.F. Blakemore calls all suppliers to team up with the company for its 2016 schools football competition

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Blakemore Trade Partners Invests £1.3 Million in Retail Partners Scheme

May 20, 2016

Blakemore Trade Partners re-launches its Retail Partners Scheme with a £1.3 million investment in wholesale price reductions for retailers

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A.F. Blakemore IGD Supplier Seminar 2016: Your Feedback

May 19, 2016

Thank you to all suppliers who have sent through their feedback in relation to February’s A.F. Blakemore IGD Supplier Seminar

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Blakemore Stores Recognised at Leading Industry Awards

May 19, 2016

Stores across A.F. Blakemore’s SPAR estate celebrate recognition at leading food and drink industry 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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Blakemore Foodservice Retains Business Worth £15 Million

May 05, 2016

Blakemore Foodservice announces the retention of its contract to supply 400 social service sites, leisure centres and schools within the Black Country Consortium

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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution Commences Partnership with Hobbycraft

May 04, 2016

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution begins a new trade partnership with arts and crafts chain Hobbycraft, involving the supply of retail confectionery

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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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Centre of Excellence Plan for Wholesale Distribution Depot

April 30, 2016

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution’s Apex II depot gets set to become a Process Improvement Centre of Excellence as part of the company’s commitment to sustainable long-term growth

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Foodservice Review: Interview with Jim Dudley

April 29, 2016

Blakemore Foodservice Sales & Marketing Director Jim Dudley gives his view on Blakemore Foodservice’s recent trading highlights and the wider foodservice sector

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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

Support from A.F. Blakemore suppliers helps Blakemore Retail’s inaugural Charity Ball to raise £32,000 for the NSPCC

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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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Peter 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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IGD Supplier Seminar Commercial Review

February 25, 2016

Senior directors from across the A.F. Blakemore Group present on the company’s divisional strategic plans and opportunities for suppliers to grow their businesses by working in partnership

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A.F. Blakemore: The Next Generation

February 25, 2016

Caoire and Tom Blakemore discuss A.F. Blakemore’s history of innovation and how the company is adapting to face the challenges of today’s marketplace

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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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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 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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Jerry Marwood: Welcome to the Supplier Zone

November 26, 2015

Blakemore Trade Partners Managing Director Jerry Marwood introduces the A.F. Blakemore’s Supplier Zone and Supplier E-newsletter

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Book Now: Blakemore Supplier Seminar 2016

November 23, 2015

A.F. Blakemore announces inaugural IGD Blakemore Supplier Seminar

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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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BTP Welcomes on Board One Hundred New Forecourt Sites

November 05, 2015

A.F. Blakemore welcomes 101 new forecourt sites to its independent SPAR estate as part of SPAR UK’s national contract with leading forecourt operator Euro Garages

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SPAR Trading Community Volunteers Transform Local School

November 04, 2015

Thirty-seven members of A.F. Blakemore’s SPAR Trading team spend a day volunteering at a West Midlands primary school

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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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Blakemore Fine Foods Celebrates Best of British Alcohol

October 08, 2015

Blakemore Fine Foods launches a new catalogue that showcases the best of British ales, ciders, wines and spirits

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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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Tom Blakemore Appointed Business Improvement Manager

June 01, 2015

It’s Your E-news catches up with Tom Blakemore to find out more about the key role he will play in embedding of process improvement activity across the Blakemore Group

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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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