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Blakemore Retail Praised for Disability Awareness Training

December 04, 2018

Blakemore Retail is recognised with an award for its innovative disability e-learning training by the charity Purple

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SPAR Droitwich Relaunched at Brand New Site

December 03, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Droitwich SPAR store relaunches with new Daily Deli food to go at a brand new location

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Blakemore Logistics Delivers Road Safety Message to Schools

November 28, 2018

More than 800 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 Greater Leys Relaunches with New Greggs Department

November 23, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Greater Leys SPAR store in Oxford reveals a new look after a considerable transformation

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Drivers Celebrate Warehouse to Wheels Success

October 29, 2018

A.F. Blakemore employees celebrate successfully qualifying as LGV drivers on the company’s Warehouse to Wheels programme

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White’s Calver Crowned Baldwin Trophy Winners at SRS 2018

October 08, 2018

White’s Calver is crowned the best SPAR retailer across the Meridian & Welsh Guild

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Blakemore Foundation Supports Macmillan Coffee Morning

October 03, 2018

Blakemore employees have donated more than £1,800 worth of tea, coffee, cake, squash and biscuits to Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

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SPAR Crowned Symbol Group of the Year at Retail Industry Awards

October 02, 2018

SPAR is crowned Symbol/Fascia Group of the Year at the 2018 Retail Industry Awards

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SPAR Gabalfa Announced as SRS 2018’s £100,000 Big Investment Winner

October 01, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners presents SPAR Gabalfa, Cardiff, with a transformational £100,000 investment award to further develop the successful family-run business

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Richard Harman Talks Strategy with Better Wholesaling

September 27, 2018

Head of Blakemore Foodservice Richard Harman talks about the latest business developments across Blakemore Foodservice with Better Wholesaling magazine

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SPAR Retail Show Inspires with Food for Thought

September 06, 2018

More than 1,200 colleagues, suppliers and retailers attend Blakemore Trade Partners’ SPAR Retail Show, themed ‘Food for Thought’

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Blakemore Retail Raises Child Safety Awareness and a Roarsome £52,000 for the NSPCC

September 04, 2018

Blakemore Retail SPAR stores across England and Wales have been on a bank holiday fundraising drive for the NSPCC while at the same time raising awareness about how parents can keep their children safe from sexual abuse

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New Eat 17 Hammersmith Store Reinvents the Market Hall

August 14, 2018

Multi-award-winning fine food store and restaurant chain Eat 17 opens a new store in Hammersmith, complete with an indoor street food market and yoga classes

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Blakemore SPARs Shortlisted for Forecourt Trader Awards

August 13, 2018

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild have once again received notable recognition on this year’s Forecourt Trader Awards shortlist

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A.F. Blakemore Warehouse Apprentice Well Picked

August 09, 2018

A go-getting young recruit at A.F. Blakemore celebrates becoming the first person to complete the company’s new Warehouse & Distribution apprenticeship programme

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Blakemore Foodservice Inspires at LACA’s Main Event

July 25, 2018

Blakemore Foodservice teams up with supplier Pan’Artisan for the LACA’s education catering exhibition

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Honoured for NSPCC Fundraising

July 23, 2018

Blakemore Retail employees are honoured for going the extra mile to help raise more than £3 million for the NSPCC

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A.F. Blakemore Ranked 44th Largest Privately Owned Company in Britain

July 12, 2018

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 Foodservice Crowned Favourite Delivered Wholesaler at HIM Wholesale Awards

July 03, 2018

Blakemore Foodservice scoops the title of Independent Foodservice Operator’s Favourite Delivered Wholesaler at the HIM Wholesale Awards

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Blakemore Retail Conference 2018: Shaping Our Future - The Pace of Change

June 28, 2018

More than 500 store managers, field staff, A.F. Blakemore colleagues and suppliers attend Blakemore Retail’s Managers Conference to find out about future development plans

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Blakemore Retail Fundraising for NSPCC Tops £3 Million

June 14, 2018

Blakemore Retail has raises £3 million to help the NSPCC make a difference to 800,000 children’s lives

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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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Blakemore Foodservice Showcases Latest Offer at West Midlands Trade Show

May 01, 2018

Blakemore Foodservice exhibits its latest offering to customers at a trade show in the West Midlands

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SPAR Thurcroft Re-launches at New Site

April 20, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Thurcroft SPAR store in Rotherham relaunches with a brand new Greggs

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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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Blakemore Trade Partners and Fine Foods Launch New Apps

March 01, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners and Blakemore Fine Foods launch new mobile apps to give their customers 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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A.F. Blakemore Honoured at Apprenticeship Awards

February 21, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is crowned Employer of the Year at the Performance Through People Achievement Awards

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A.F. Blakemore Spreads the Word on Responsible Business

February 15, 2018

More than 30 business leaders, council heads and community organisations from across Walsall join together to investigate collaborative ways to address key challenges across the borough

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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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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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Worcestershire SPAR Stores Donate £15,000 Worth of Goods to Collection Appeals

December 20, 2017

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail collect more than £15,000 worth of goods for the homeless and vulnerable children

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A.F. Blakemore Awards 12 Good Causes £1,917 Heritage Grants

December 20, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has concluded its centenary year by awarding 12 good causes a grant of £1,917 through its charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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