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Shortlists for Grocer Gold, Convenience and Retail Industry Awards Announced

July 23, 2021

A.F. Blakemore and its stores make the shortlist for the Grocer Gold, Convenience and Retail Industry awards

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SPAR Stores Across Wales to Celebrate Welsh Food Fortnight

July 23, 2021

SPAR stores across Wales will be taking part in a Welsh Food Fortnight campaign next month

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Blakemore Cyclists to Embark on Coast to Coast Challenge

July 09, 2021

Ten cyclists from A.F. Blakemore and independent SPAR stores are set to take on an epic bike ride across Wales in aid of charity GroceryAid

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SPAR UK Conference 2021: The Future of Convenience is with SPAR

May 27, 2021

The SPAR symbol group is determined to maintain its lead in the convenience market by investing £125 million in the business over the next 12 months

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A.F. Blakemore to Launch Charity Campaign in Memory of Raj Aggarwal

March 16, 2021

A.F. Blakemore is set to launch a charity campaign in April in memory of much-loved SPAR retailer Raj Aggarwal

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Blakemore Foundation Covid-19 Support Reaches Value of £176,000

February 17, 2021

Charitable donations awarded to Covid-related causes via the Blakemore Foundation have now reached a value of £176,000

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Double Success at Retail Industry Awards

January 27, 2021

SPAR Parkfoot and Eat 17 SPAR Walthamstow are crowned winners at the 2020 Retail Industry Awards

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A.F. Blakemore Rolls Out SPAR Natural Range

January 22, 2021

A.F. Blakemore launches SPAR’s Natural range into selected Blakemore Retail and independent SPAR stores

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Hockenhull Garages Crowned Forecourt Trader of the Year

January 21, 2021

Independently owned SPAR forecourt site The Stage has been named Forecourt Trader of the Year

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Lowdham Village Gets Brand New SPAR Store and Forecourt

December 14, 2020

Car dealership owners Duncan and Lisa Betts team up with Blakemore Trade Partners to open a brand new SPAR store and forecourt in the Nottinghamshire village of Lowdham

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SPAR Retail Show Looks Ahead to New Opportunities

November 04, 2020

Blakemore Trade Partners’ SPAR Retail Show explores the new opportunities presented to SPAR retailers this year and how they can continue to react to the needs of local communities and customers

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SPAR Takes Top Prize for Luxury Mince Pies

October 15, 2020

The UK’s best mince pies are officially only available at SPAR

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Blakemore Trade Partners Announces Virtual SPAR Retail Show

October 14, 2020

Blakemore Trade Partners announces its first-ever virtual SPAR Retail Show

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Raj Aggarwal Trophy to Be Awarded to Outstanding Community Retailers from 2021

October 12, 2020

A new trophy marking the legacy of independent SPAR retailer Raj Aggarwal is to be awarded to retailers who have been exceptional in community retailing and helping their fellow retailers

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A.F. Blakemore Launches New Commission Operator Store Model

October 01, 2020

A.F. Blakemore launches a brand-new commission operator SPAR store model

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SPAR Y Maes Takes Home Top Prize at Convenience Awards

September 30, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is celebrating after a fantastic evening at the Convenience Awards

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SPAR Brand Sees Huge Opportunity in Food to Go

September 18, 2020

SPAR is launching seven new own-label food-to-go products in order to drive sales and help fulfil the food-to-go shopping mission

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SPAR Retailers Shortlisted for Convenience and Retail Industry Awards

September 17, 2020

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild have received notable recognition on this year’s Convenience Awards and Retail Industry Awards shortlists

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A.F. Blakemore Expands Operations with Acquisition of Online Vegan Store

August 13, 2020

A.F. Blakemore announces the purchase of the online wholesaler and retailer Vegan Store

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AFB to Give Away £30,000 with Community Cashback Scheme

June 17, 2020

A.F. Blakemore launches a Community Cashback Grant scheme to thank groups who are there for vulnerable people during the Covid-19 crisis

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SPAR Removes 300 Tonnes of Plastic from Own-label Packaging in One Year

June 11, 2020

SPAR removes nearly 300 tonnes of virgin plastic from 53 own-label products

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SPAR Extends Shopping Support to National Charities

June 11, 2020

More than 700 SPAR stores in England and Wales sign up to support volunteers for three additional national charities in order to support more vulnerable people

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A.F. Blakemore Introduces Home Delivery for Most Vulnerable

April 23, 2020

A.F. Blakemore introduces home delivery to 165 of its company-owned stores to assist vulnerable customers in local communities

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A.F. Blakemore Partners with Royal Voluntary Service

April 15, 2020

A.F. Blakemore partners with the Royal Voluntary Service to help vulnerable people and NHS workers during the coronavirus crisis

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SPAR Partners with Royal Voluntary Service

April 08, 2020

SPAR stores in England are to be the first convenience retailer to partner with Royal Voluntary Service on its NHS Volunteer Responders programme

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SPAR Meets Surge in Supply Demand

March 20, 2020

Thousands of SPAR stores around the UK are meeting exceptional customer demand by maintaining a high level of stock availability and service throughout the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic

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Colleagues Praised for Outstanding Service in Coronavirus Crisis

March 19, 2020

Customers and SPAR retailers thank AFB colleagues for their commitment to outstanding customer service during the coronavirus outbreak

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Blakemore SPARs Shortlisted for Four Convenience Awards

March 12, 2020

Four independent and company-owned SPAR stores make the shortlist for the 2020 Convenience Awards

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Blakemore Retail Launches Standalone Greggs and Subway

March 04, 2020

Blakemore Retail launches its first standalone Greggs and Subway store as part of its strategy to expand retail spaces across the business

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A.F. Blakemore Partners with Disability Sport Wales

February 03, 2020

A.F. Blakemore becomes the National Community Partner of Disability Sport Wales

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2020 Starts with a Bang for SPAR UK

January 30, 2020

2020 starts with a bang for SPAR UK, with like-for-like Christmas retail sales up by 2.6% over the four weeks to 29 December 2019

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Blakemore Trade Partners Pledges £100,000 Investment to Ruskington Retailer

January 09, 2020

Blakemore Trade Partners pledges a £100,000 investment to SPAR retailer Paul Baxter to enable him to carry out a transformational store development

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A.F. Blakemore Signs Up to Refill Campaign

December 04, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has become the first convenience retailer to join the Refill campaign to help reduce plastic waste

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SPAR London Road Bakery Wins Two IAA Awards

December 04, 2019

SPAR London Road Bakery picks up two titles at the Independent Achievers Academy awards

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SPAR Retail Show Makes Generous Donation to Local Food Banks

October 28, 2019

A total of 467kg of food, drink, toiletry and household goods were donated to local food banks following Blakemore Trade Partners’ SPAR Retail Show at the International Centre in Telford in October

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Blakemore Trade Partners Launches New Retail Strategy at SRS19

October 02, 2019

Blakemore Trade Partners announces a brand-new Store Cluster Strategy at its 2019 SPAR Retail Show, aimed at helping retailers differentiate their stores for different locations and markets

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Blakemore SPARs Celebrate Industry Award Success

October 01, 2019

SPAR stores across the Meridian & Welsh Guild win five titles at this year’s Forecourt Trader and Retail Industry Awards

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Blakemore SPARs Recognised on Forecourt Trader Awards Shortlist

September 03, 2019

Eight SPAR stores across the Meridian & Welsh Guild have made the Forecourt Trader Awards shortlist for 2019

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A.F. Blakemore Set for Success After Year of Investment

August 28, 2019

A.F. Blakemore is “energised and ready for the year ahead” after a year of significant investment and reorganisation

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Retail Industry Awards 2019 Shortlist Announced

July 15, 2019

Three independent SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild have made the Retail Industry Awards shortlist

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A.F. Blakemore Crowned National Winner at Business in the Community Awards

July 10, 2019

A.F. Blakemore is celebrating after being crowned a national winner at the prestigious Responsible Business Awards 2019, run by Business in the Community

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SPAR Retailer Scoops Costa Rica Holiday

July 04, 2019

SPAR retailer Rachael Hockmeyer wins the holiday of a lifetime to Costa Rica after winning a prize draw launched at Blakemore Trade Partners’ SPAR Retail Show

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A.F. Blakemore Flagship Store Programme Wins Grocer Gold

June 12, 2019

A.F. Blakemore’s Flagship Store Programme has been crowned Business Initiative of the Year at the Grocer Gold Awards

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SPAR UK Appoints Louise Hoste as New Managing Director

May 16, 2019

SPAR UK Ltd announces the appointment of Louise Hoste as its new Managing Director

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Flagship Store Programme Shortlisted for Grocer Gold Award

May 01, 2019

A.F. Blakemore’s Flagship Store Programme is shortlisted for Business Initiative of the Year at the Grocer Gold Awards

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Double Success at Convenience Retail Awards

April 01, 2019

Eat 17 SPAR Hammersmith scoops Best New Store and Blakemore Retail’s Lyndsay Howden-Smith walks away with the Community Hero award

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2016 Apprentice Winner Launches Cake Range at SPAR Pwllheli

February 26, 2019

The winner of 2016’s The Apprentice launches a delicious cake range at independent retailer Conrad Davies’ SPAR Pwllheli

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BTP’s Steve Burchett Receives Surprise of a Lifetime from Chelsea Football Legend

February 25, 2019

BTP Business Development Manager Steve Burchett received the surprise of a lifetime when he got to meet Chelsea football legend Dennis Wise on a SPAR visit

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Shop Owner is ‘Industry Champion’

February 04, 2019

Llanfyllin SPAR owner Mark Prust shares his retail knowledge to become an ‘Industry Champion’ for Derwen College, near Oswestry

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SPAR UK Raises £1 Million for Marie Curie

January 29, 2019

SPAR UK’s fundraising efforts for terminal illness charity Marie Curie pass the £1 million mark

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Refuel & Go Reaps Rewards from Move to SPAR

December 11, 2018

Leading independent forecourt operator Refuel & Go goes from strength to strength after embarking on a new retail partnership with Blakemore Trade Partners

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SPAR Brand Christmas Range Brings Lashings of Seasonal Cheer

November 07, 2018

SPAR Brand is in fantastic shape for Christmas 2018, with a range of products to meet every shopper need this festive season

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SPAR Offers Shoppers Extra Sparkle this Christmas

November 06, 2018

This Christmas, SPAR’s award-winning sparkling wine range is perfectly poised to meet the festive season’s needs

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SPAR Brand Spices Up Evening Meals with Tex Mex Launch

November 06, 2018

SPAR is turning up the heat in the evening meals market with the launch of a brand new Tex Mex-inspired range

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SPAR UK Revamps Water Range in a Bid to Tackle Pollution

November 05, 2018

SPAR is proud to announce that its Silverbrook Falls Water bottle is now made of up to 51% recycled plastic – an innovation that shows the symbol group’s dedication to being an environmentally responsible retailer

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Warming Wines for Cold Winter Nights at SPAR

November 02, 2018

After the long hot summer of white and rosé wines, the days are now getting shorter and consumers begin to relish a glass of red wine

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SPAR Brand Spirit Launches Tap Premium Trend

November 01, 2018

SPAR Brand launches three new on-trend spirits in a move to tap the trend for premium and dark spirits

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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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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 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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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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Retail Industry Awards 2018 Shortlist Announced

August 02, 2018

SPAR retailers represent a third of the finalists announced on the Retail Industry Awards shortlist

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SPAR Retail Show 2018 Set to be Biggest Yet

July 19, 2018

This year’s SPAR Retail Show on September 6th is set to be the biggest ever, with more than 230 suppliers exhibiting

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SPAR Announced as an Official Partner of 2018 European Championships

July 17, 2018

SPAR International is announced as an Official Partner of the 2018 European Championships from taking place in Glasgow and Berlin this year

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SPAR Brand Revamps Ready Meal Designs with Fresh, Ingredients Photography

June 04, 2018

SPAR redesigns its ready meal range with a fresh and foodie new look

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SPAR Brand Relaunches Cooked Meats with Packaging Redesign

June 04, 2018

SPAR Brand relaunches seven of its standard cooked meat lines with revamped packaging to highlight its value and quality to consumers

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Guild Academy Launches New Interactive Learning Modules

June 01, 2018

A.F. Blakemore’s Guild Academy extends its Interactive Learning programme for SPAR retailers with the launch of a new suite of online learning modules

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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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SPAR Brand Revamps Crisps & Snacks Line-up with Brand New Products and Range Redesigns

May 09, 2018

SPAR Brand relaunches its crisps and snacks range with seven new lines and a fresh new design for the entire range

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Seven Questions with SPAR Retailer Conrad Davies

April 03, 2018

Leading convenience retailer Conrad Davies answers questions about his journey with SPAR and the success of his four-store-strong business

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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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Next Phase of SPAR’s On-trend Wine Revamp Rolls Out This Spring

March 22, 2018

SPAR Brand is kicking off the second phase of its own-brand wine range update, with two exciting new line-ups arriving this spring

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SPAR Landmark Place: Catering For Time-Poor Customers in Cardiff City Centre

March 14, 2018

Focussing on the needs of time-poor customers reaps rewards for SPAR Landmark Place

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SPAR Brand Updates Sandwich Range with Modern New Look

March 02, 2018

SPAR is bringing a fresh look and a new bread recipe to its own brand sandwich range, to make the range feel more modern, and improve its quality for shoppers

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Blakemore Trade Partners Launches Mobile Ordering App

March 01, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners launches a brand new mobile app to give its retailers 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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Focus on Fresh and Feed Me Now Working at SPAR Pwllheli

February 15, 2018

SPAR Pwllheli goes from strength to strength since reopening its doors in September 2017, following major renovation work

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SPAR Brand Cola Zero Strips Back the Sugar

February 15, 2018

SPAR Brand is responding to trends in the market and consumers’ needs with the launch of two zero sugar colas

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Blakemore Trade Partners Welcomes Biddle’s of Webheath, Redditch

February 06, 2018

Biddle’s is a family-run business that believes in great products at a great price for their customers

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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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Blakemore Trade Partners Welcomes Hockenhull Garages

January 30, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners welcomes Hockenhull Garages (HGS) – a new petrol station and SPAR convenience store in South Wigston, Leicester

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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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SPAR Welcomes Retailers to the UK’s Strongest Symbol Group

November 21, 2017

SPAR is set to welcome independent retailers from across the country to the most stable and successful symbol group in the UK, following its focus on recruiting new convenience stores and forecourts in recent months

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SPAR Launches Exciting New Range of Wines

October 26, 2017

SPAR UK launches a brand new range of own-label wines to target specific customer missions and occasions

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SPAR UK Celebrates 60th Anniversary

October 20, 2017

SPAR UK has celebrated its 60th anniversary in style with a fantastical funfair and celebratory festival at Manchester Central

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Blakemore Trade Partners Colleagues Take On ‘100’ Challenges

October 12, 2017

Blakemore Trade Partners colleagues have raised more than £5,000 by taking part in a series of unusual and challenging ‘100’ themed fundraisers to mark A.F. Blakemore’s centenary

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A.F. Blakemore Ready and Waiting to Sign Up New Retail Accounts Today

October 01, 2017

If you are looking for a new supplier partner for your store, look no further than our SPAR team here at Blakemore Trade Partners

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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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SPAR Brand Evening Meals Launch Taps into Quality Trend

September 18, 2017

SPAR UK is launching a new range of top-quality, premium meals to help its retailers meet shopper demand for products with quality ingredients and provenance

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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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