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Convenience Awards 2021

A.F. Blakemore has a long history of winning industry awards and accreditations. 

Below is a list of the recognition achieved by the company, its retail partners and colleagues in recent years.  


Retailer Industry Awards
SPAR UK - Symbol/Fascia Group of the Year

Drinks Retailing Awards
SPAR UK - Convenience Chain of the Year


FWD Awards
A.F. Blakemore - Data and Insight Award

Women in Meat Industry Awards
Bal Mehmi, Blakemore Fresh Foods - Meat Businesswoman Award - Wholesaling

Asian Trader Awards
Jenny Donaghy, SPAR Llandrinio – Local Hero Award

Forecourt Trader Awards
SPAR Llandrinio – Best Community Engagement

The Convenience Awards 
Lisa James, SPAR Beddau, Blakemore Retail - Sales Colleague of the Year 

NSPCC Corporate Impact Awards
Blakemore Retail - CEO’s Choice Award for Fundraising



FWD Awards
Kelly Burrows, Logistics - Emerging Talent
Alan Mayor, Customer Services - Telesales Star

Forecourt Trader Awards 
SPAR Parkfoot - London & South East over 4mlpa 

Convenience Awards
SPAR Parkfoot - Convenience Retailer of the Year
SPAR Parkfoot - Independent Convenience Store of the Year 

Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards
Chloe Ball, Logistics - Warehousing Award - Leader category

Corporate Engagement Awards
Blakemore Retail and NSPCC - bronze award for Most Effective Long-term Commitment 



Retail Industry Awards
SPAR Parkfoot - Independent Forecourt Retailer of the Year 
Eat 17 SPAR Walthamstow - Independent Retailer of the Year (3,000 to 6,000sq ft category)

Forecourt Trader Awards
SPAR The Stage - Forecourt Trader of the Year 

Convenience Awards
Conrad Davies - Convenience Retailer of the Year
SPAR Pwllheli - Best Independent Convenience Store
SPAR Laceby Lodge (Blakemore Retail) - Best Multiple Managed Convenience Store
SPAR UK - The Shoppers' Favourite Convenience Fascia for Impulse 



Retail Industry Awards
SPAR Pwllheli - Independent Retailer of the Year (1,200 to 3,000sq ft category) 
SPAR's People's Podium - Symbol Initiative of the Year

Forecourt Trader Awards
SPAR Newark (Blakemore Retail) - Midlands up to 4mlpa
Loggerheads Garage - West Country & Wales up to 4mlpa
Syston Service Station - Best Car Care & Lubricants Outlet
David Charman, Parkfoot Garage - Special Recognition Award

Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards 
A.F. Blakemore - Education Partnerships Award 

Grocer Gold Awards
A.F. Blakemore - Flagship Store Programme - Business Initiative of the Year

Convenience Retail Awards
Eat 17 SPAR Hammersmith - Best New Store
Lyndsay Howden-Smith, SPAR Bradley (Blakemore Retail) - Community Hero



Retail Industry Awards
SPAR - Symbol/Fascia Group of the Year
SPAR London Road Bakery - Store Team of the Year 

HIM Wholesale Awards
Blakemore Foodservice - Independent Foodservice Operator’s Favourite Delivered Wholesaler

HIM Awards
SPAR UK – The Retailer’s Favourite Symbol Group for 2018 and The Shopper’s Favourite Forecourt Retailer for 2018

Walsall Works Partner Awards
A.F. Blakemore - Bronze Partner Status

Performance Through People Achievement Awards
A.F. Blakemore - Employer of the Year



Retail Industry Awards
Blakemore Retail - Multiple Community Retailer of the Year
Michelle Davies, SPAR Bentley (Blakemore Retail) - Store Manager of the Year
SPAR UK - Symbol/Fascia Group of the Year

Forecourt Trader Awards
SPAR Fairfield (Blakemore Retail) - Midlands over 4mlpa
SPAR Laceby Lodge (Blakemore Retail) - Northern England over 4mlpa
SPAR Bilsby - Midlands up to 4mlpa

Sales Assistant of the Year Awards 
Kirsty Rhodes, SPAR St Dials (Blakemore Retail) – Sales Assistant of the Year in the Multiple category

Convenience Retail Awards
Eat 17 SPAR Hackney - Best Large Convenience Store
Eat 17 SPAR Hackney - Best Communication to Shoppers
Eat 17 SPAR Hackney - Innovation Award

HIM Wholesale Awards
A.F. Blakemore - Favourite Wholesaler for Customer Service
A.F. Blakemore - The Independent Retailer's Favourite Delivered Wholesaler

Retail Sales Awards
SPAR Brumby Corner (Blakemore Retail) - Post Office Retailer of the Year (multiple retailer)

Investors in People
Blakemore Design & Shopfitting and Blakemore Property - Bronze accreditation

Charities Trust
A.F. Blakemore - Bronze Quality Mark Award for Payroll Giving