“The way we make a significant positive contribution to the community”

Throughout its history, A.F. Blakemore has been committed to the local communities that it serves.

We understand that our staff and customers are an integral part of the community and we encourage all our employees to make a positive impact by supporting a wide range of local good causes. 

We have a well established employee volunteering programme that now forms part of the Blakemore culture, in addition to our longstanding commitment to fundraising and charitable giving. 

Here are some examples of our most recent work in the community:

  • A.F. Blakemore has a well established employee volunteering scheme which is aimed at encouraging colleagues to engage directly in community projects in the areas where they live and work. 

    In 2013/14 a total of 741 colleagues donated 8,313 hours of work time to community projects across our trading area. 


  • The company’s charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation, receives 2% of the company’s pre-tax profits.

              In 2013/14 the fund donated £153,685 worth of donations to 2,493 good causes. 

  • Fundraising is a significant part of the A.F. Blakemore culture. A great example of this can be seen in our Blakemore Retail division which has raised more than £1.5m for SPAR UK’s Charity of the Year, the NSPCC, over the past four years. 

Our community programme has won numerous awards in recognition of its ability to make a significant, positive contribution in the community. Since 2010 we have been recognised in the following areas:

                o Business in the Community Awards (2014)
                   Big Tick & Shortlist- Education
                   Employee Volunteer of the Year- Laura Horsefield, Blakemore Retail Upton
                   Employee Volunteer of the Year (Highly Commended)
                   - Danielle Russell, Blakemore Wholesale Middlesbrough

                o Express and Star Business Awards (2014)
                   Community Champion

                o Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland (2013)
                    Community & Vocational Service Award, Blakemore Wholesale Gateshead

                o  Business in the Community Awards (2013)
                    Big Tick Reacrediation- Education

                 o Business in the Community Awards (2012)
                    Big Tick Reacreditation - Education

                 o Business in the Community Awards (2011)
                    Raising Achievement in Young People Education Big Tick

                 o Wolverhampton Education Business Partnership (2011)
                    Special Contribution Award

                 o Walsall Civic CSR Awards (2011)
                    Outstanding Example of Excellence