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Why Blakemore?

Why A.F. Blakemore?  

We're going for growth

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A.F. Blakemore has established a 2020 Strategy to grow business across all nine of its divisions.  Since 2007, the company has increased its turnover from £643m to £1.31bn; that’s a doubling in eight years.

A.F. Blakemore was ranked at number 44 on the 2017 Sunday Times Top Track 100 league table, which ranks Britain's 100 private companies with the biggest sales.


Convenience is a great place to do business

Smaller household sizes, longer working hours and reducing food waste are all playing to the strengths of convenience stores. 
Convenience_sector_growth The convenience channel is forecast to grow 18% by 2022.


A.F. Blakemore are the convenience experts

A.F._Blakemore_-_the_convenience_expertsAs an operator of 290 SPAR stores and supplier to 1,000+, A.F. Blakemore is the largest member of SPAR UK.

We know the convenience market and our customers better than anyone and we’re always ahead of the curve.

Through innovation, store development and new product launches we help our partners create a great offer and grow sales. 


We’ve got diversity and scale

A.F._Blakemore_-_cash_carry_wholesaleA.F. Blakemore’s expertise doesn’t stop at convenience retail.  We’re a £1.31 billion business with nine divisions spanning across retail, cash & carry wholesale, delivered wholesale, food service and shop fitting.

Blakemore Wholesale is the largest member of Landmark Wholesale and the third biggest player in the grocery wholesale market.  Our cross-divisional, multiple-sector approach will give your products access to a wide and diverse customer base.


100 years of heritage

A.F._Blakemore_-_a_family_business_with_100_years_of_heritageWe’ve been around for 100 years and will be for 100 more.

Founded in 1917, A.F. Blakemore is a family-owned business committed to growing in ways that are profitable and sustainable for the benefit of its staff, customers and the community. 

Check out Our Heritage to find out more about our journey from past to present.  



We're easy to do business with

A.F._Blakemore_-_flexible_and_bespoke_wholesale_distributionLarge enough to make it happen but small enough to care, A.F. Blakemore is committed to developing flexible, bespoke solutions for its trade partners. 

Our aim is to work collaboratively with our suppliers to develop new strategic partnerships that deliver mutual and sustainable success.  What matters to you, matters to us.  



It isn't just us…others think we are great at what we do

A.F. Blakemore and its trade partners have achieved nationwide recognition at leading industry awards.  In addition the company has achieved a long list of accreditations in recognition of its commitment to quality and standards, corporate and social responsibility and investment in employees.      

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We've got a great track record of delivering when it really counts


A.F. Blakemore has a great track record of working with high-profile customers and market-leading brands – SPAR, Lifestyle Express, the Post Office, Subway, Marston’s, BP, Roadchef, Bourne Leisure, local government and the House of Lords to name but a few.

Take a look at our Supplier Case Studies to read what some of our trade partners have to say about us.  



We've got great reach

A.F._Blakemore_national_distributionWith a nationwide distribution network, the A.F. Blakemore Group services more than 8,500 delivery points across the UK.

The business supplies more than 5,000 customers and two million consumers.  




Great availability in outlet


A.F. Blakemore gets product into great outlets across the UK, ranging from small independent retailers to national retailers, pub chains and hospitality and leisure businesses.

As a convenience retail operator we understand the importance of great product availability, and by driving sales and exposure of your products we will work together to grow your business.   



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