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Blakemore Foodservice Joins Country Range Group

June 14, 2019

Blakemore Foodservice joins the Country Range Group network of independent wholesalers

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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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Blakemore Logistics Invests in Hybrid Refrigeration

June 10, 2019

Blakemore Logistics introduces hybrid refrigeration units to 13 of its trailers to significantly reduce its vehicle emissions

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Blakemore Retail Achieves Investors in People Gold Accreditation

June 06, 2019

Blakemore Retail’s commitment to developing colleagues is recognised with the highly prestigious Investors in People Gold accolade

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Colleagues Go Western to Help Keep Children Safe Online

June 03, 2019

Colleagues based at Blakemore Retail SPAR stores across England and Wales threw on their Stetsons and denim jeans to raise awareness and help fundraise for the NSPCC

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A.F. Blakemore to Launch New Staff Benefits Scheme

June 03, 2019

A.F. Blakemore is set to launch a new benefits and saving scheme to help colleagues save money on leading national brands

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SPAR Presteigne Re-launches with New Extended Range

May 30, 2019

Blakemore Retail’s Presteigne SPAR store has re-launched with an added Daily Deli baguette range, extended chilled range and slush machine

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Future Leaders Delegates Celebrate Course Completion

May 30, 2019

Eleven colleagues are on track to achieve a nationally recognised qualification after successfully completing A.F. Blakemore’s Future Leaders Apprenticeship programme

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Gary Stakes Celebrates 30 Years of Service

May 29, 2019

In March BTP New Business Manager Gary Stakes achieved 30 years of service with A.F. Blakemore

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New Econic Vehicles Hit the Road

May 29, 2019

Blakemore Logistics demonstrates its commitment to road safety with the purchase of two Mercedes-Benz Econic vehicles

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A.F. Blakemore Diversity Engagement Group: Last Chance to Apply

May 29, 2019

A.F. Blakemore is looking for colleagues who are passionate about diversity to be part of a brand new cross-divisional Engagement Group to champion and grow awareness of Equality, Inclusion and Diversity across the business

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues ‘Survive the Wild’ and Raise Over £13,000 for NSPCC

May 24, 2019

Eight senior colleagues from Blakemore Retail take on a ‘Survive the Wild’ charity challenge to raise funds for the NSPCC

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Colleagues Don Disco-themed Bras to Raise Thousands for Walk the Walk

May 23, 2019

Nine Blakemore colleagues take part in night fundraising event MoonWalk London in aid of breast cancer charity Walk the Walk

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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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A.F. Blakemore Commences Partnership with GroceryAid

May 01, 2019

A.F. Blakemore partners with national charity GroceryAid to provide welfare support services to colleagues across its group of companies

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Eggceptional Easter Support for Local Good Causes

May 01, 2019

Easter springs early for local good causes across A.F. Blakemore’s trading area with an ‘eggcellent’ display of colleague-led charitable giving and fundraising

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A.F. Blakemore Launches Diversity Engagement Group

May 01, 2019

A.F. Blakemore is looking for colleagues who are passionate about diversity to be part of a brand new cross-divisional Engagement Group to champion and grow awareness of Equality, Inclusion and Diversity across the business

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Senior Team to Take On Bear Grylls Challenge

April 30, 2019

Blakemore Retail’s Bear Grylls ‘Survive the Wild’ Executive Challenge is fast approaching and the senior team is now in your hands!

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A.F. Blakemore Colleagues Master Marathon for Charity

April 30, 2019

Four employees have collectively raised more than £9,000 for charity by running the London Marathon

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A.F. Blakemore Announced as Finalist for Responsible Business Awards

April 29, 2019

A.F. Blakemore is named as a finalist for Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards 2019

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Caoire Blakemore Joins Black Country Women in Business Steering Group

April 17, 2019

A.F. Blakemore Group Board Director Caoire Blakemore has joined the steering group of the Black Country Women in Business forum

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Blakemore Retail Ball Fundraises £32,000 for NSPCC

April 16, 2019

Blakemore Retail raises £32,000 for the NSPCC at its third Charity Ball

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Blakemore Foodservice to Double Sales by 2024

April 16, 2019

Blakemore Foodservice announces ambitious plans to target new markets and double sales over the next five years

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A.F. Blakemore Bids Farewell to Bryan Walters

April 03, 2019

After almost 32 years’ loyal service, BTP Regional Sales Director Bryan Walters retired from A.F. Blakemore on March 15th

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2018 Gender Pay Gap Report Out Now

April 03, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has published its 2018 Gender Pay Gap Report, covering employee data for the 12 months up to April 5th 2018

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Ranald Forbes Announced as Supply Chain Director

April 03, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has announced the appointment of a new Supply Chain Director for its group of companies

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Nikki Rogers Appointed Food Solutions Director

April 03, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has announced the appointment of a new Food Solutions Director for its group of companies

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

April 02, 2019

Each month It’s Your e-News goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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Mike Adams OBE Congratulates Blakemore Retail on Disability Awareness Training

April 01, 2019

The CEO of disability awareness charity Purple, Mike Adams OBE, has congratulated Blakemore Retail on winning an award for its disability awareness training

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New Blakemore Way Newspaper Published

April 01, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has published a new Blakemore Way newspaper containing an overview of activity that has taken place across the A.F. Blakemore Group in recent months

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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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A.F. Blakemore Launches Education Programme for Secondary Schools

February 27, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has launched a brand new education programme for secondary school children to help them develop the attitudes and behaviours for success

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Second Cohort Embarks on Future Leaders Journey

February 27, 2019

A.F. Blakemore’s Future Leaders Apprenticeship programme has welcomed its second lot of delegates

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A.F. Blakemore Acquires Philpotts Store Chain

February 27, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has acquired the Philpotts chain of prepared-food stores, adding an additional 22 stores to the company’s retail estate

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New Community Engagement Report Published

February 27, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has produced a publication showcasing the great work that took place as part of the company’s community engagement programme during 2018

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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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A.F. Blakemore Bids Farewell to Owen Davies

February 26, 2019

After 28 years of loyal service, Blakemore Retail Senior Regional Manager Owen Davies retired from the business in February

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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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Blakemore Retail Colleagues in a Spin to Raise Over £1,500 for NSPCC

February 15, 2019

Blakemore Retail colleagues take on the gruelling challenge of a spinathon to raise more than £1,500 for the NSPCC

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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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A.F. Blakemore Centenary Publication Now Out

January 29, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has published a 100th anniversary commemorative publication showcasing the company’s history through photos, memories and newspaper cuttings

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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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Dirk Bickley Celebrates 30 Years of Service

January 28, 2019

Blakemore Foodservice Darlaston General Manager Dirk Bickley achieves 30 years of service with A.F. Blakemore

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Logistics Focus Groups Set Up to Strengthen Recruitment of Women

January 28, 2019

Female employees from across Blakemore Logistics take part in focus groups to strengthen the recruitment and retention of women in Logistics

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues’ Daring Deeds Raise Over £200k for NSPCC

January 28, 2019

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail SPAR stores went above and beyond during the latter half of 2018 to raise more than £200k for the children’s charity

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Warehouse Job Opportunities for Flexible Workers

January 25, 2019

Do you know anyone looking for part- or full-time work this summer?

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SPAR Brayford Wharf Relaunches with New Food-to-go Range

January 23, 2019

SPAR Brayford Wharf has undergone a significant transformation to introduce Blakemore Retail’s latest food-to-go offer

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SPAR Wrexham Relaunches with New Juice Bar

January 22, 2019

Blakemore Retail’s Wrexham SPAR store has re-launched with a new juice bar and upgraded Costa Coffee machine

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Eat 17 Shortlisted for Four Convenience Retail Awards

January 22, 2019

Fine food and restaurant chain Eat 17 has been shortlisted for four titles at the 2019 Convenience Retail Awards

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

January 17, 2019

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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A.F. Blakemore Relaunches Payroll Giving across the Business

January 03, 2019

​A.F. Blakemore relaunches its Payroll Giving scheme with site visits and an online platform to make it as easy as possible for employees to sign up

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New Blakemore Retail Magazine Out Now

January 03, 2019

A.F. Blakemore publishes the latest edition of its Blakemore Retail magazine

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Blakemore Colleagues Celebrate Cracking Community Christmas

January 02, 2019

A.F. Blakemore employees supported more than two thousand different good causes in their local communities this Christmas

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Process Improvement to Drive Change across Willenhall Chilled

January 02, 2019

Process management and process improvement are introduced into Willenhall’s chilled logistics operation to help deliver efficiencies and improve customer service

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Community Volunteering Steps Up in Logistics

December 31, 2018

Community volunteering across Blakemore Logistics stepped up a gear as Christmas approached, with employees donating more than 560 hours of work time to community groups

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Flagship Store Programme Delivers Double-digit Sales Growth for BTP Retailers

December 28, 2018

SPAR stores on Blakemore Trade Partners’ Flagship Store programme are experiencing retail sales growth of up to 30%

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100-year Prize Draw Winners Announced

December 24, 2018

To mark the end of A.F. Blakemore’s centenary celebrations, the company launched a 100-year prize draw in September, open to all colleagues

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Santa Stops Early for Blakemore Kids Christmas Parties

December 13, 2018

Christmas came early for children of colleagues across the Blakemore estate at the company’s annual Kids Christmas Party celebrations

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A.F. Blakemore Provides Careers Boost to Black Country Students

December 06, 2018

More than 3,500 students will receive a career boost thanks to a pioneering partnership between A.F. Blakemore and companies from across the Business in the Community network

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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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ILM Level 2 Delegates Successfully Complete Programme

December 04, 2018

Ten A.F. Blakemore colleagues are on track to achieve a nationally recognised qualification after successfully completing an ILM Level 2 Certificate in Leadership & Team Skills programme

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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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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

December 03, 2018

Each month It’s Your e-News goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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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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Blakemore Bids Farewell to Brian

November 26, 2018

Blakemore Fine Foods Depot Manager Brian Carr retires following 21 years’ service for the company

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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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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Take Stairway to Sky to Help NSPCC

November 01, 2018

Blakemore Retail colleagues climb to the top of one of London’s most iconic buildings to raise money for the NSPCC

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New Project Admin Training Launched

November 01, 2018

A.F. Blakemore launches a new Project Admin training session to support the delivery of key projects across the business

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Blakemore Colleagues Get Scare On for Halloween

November 01, 2018

A.F. Blakemore colleagues support a whole host of fang-tastic community activities this Halloween

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Future Leaders Apprenticeship: Last Call for Applicants

November 01, 2018

The deadline to apply for A.F. Blakemore’s next Future Leaders Apprenticeship programme is November 30th 2018

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In the Spotlight: Six Q&As with Blakemore Retail Colleagues

October 30, 2018

Blakemore Retail invites some of its longest serving colleagues to take part in a quick Q&A

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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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Blakemore Retail’s NSPCC Fundraising Reaches New Heights

October 17, 2018

Ten Blakemore Retail colleagues have thrown themselves into a fundraising challenge, jumping out of a plane and plunging 10,000 feet in the name of charity

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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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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

October 02, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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Blakemore Foodservice Inspires Next Generation at East Midlands Trade Show

October 02, 2018

Blakemore Foodservice welcomes students from Midlands-based school Glascote Academy to discover more about healthy and nutritional food at its annual East Midlands trade show

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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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Blakemore Foodservice Donates £5,000 to Midlands-based Cancer Charities

October 02, 2018

Kind hearted employees from Blakemore Foodservice have donated £5,000 to charities Walsall Breast Cancer Support Group and Balls to Cancer

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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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Blakemore Retail Launches New Insomnia Coffee Shop at Thurcroft

September 21, 2018

Blakemore Retail extends its Insomnia coffee offer by opening a brand new coffee shop at the location of its recently relaunched SPAR Thurcroft store in Rotherham

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A.F. Blakemore to Showcase Centenary in Express & Star Supplement

September 06, 2018

A.F. Blakemore has worked with West Midlands-based newspaper the Express & Star to produce a business supplement that showcases the company’s 100 years in business

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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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Foodservice Colleagues Tackle Banks’s 10k Run for Charity

September 05, 2018

Blakemore Foodservice colleagues banded together to take on the Banks’s 10k run in Wolverhampton to raise over £600 for chosen charity, the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

September 05, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners.

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Future Leaders Apprenticeship Programme Now Recruiting

September 05, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is looking for 12 new delegates for its Future Leaders Apprenticeship programme, scheduled to commence with a second cohort in early 2019

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Hastings Colleagues Celebrate Recognition at Truckfest

September 05, 2018

Blakemore Logistics colleagues in Hastings are celebrating after receiving recognition for their trucks at Europe’s biggest trucking festival, Truckfest

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Refer a Driver and Receive £400 in Vouchers

September 05, 2018

In a bid to assist with driver recruitment across Blakemore Logistics, a new incentive scheme has introduced for employees

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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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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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A.F. Blakemore to Publish Centenary Commemorative Publication

August 01, 2018

Register your interest for A.F. Blakemore’s centenary commemorative publication, celebrating 100 years in business

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A.F. Blakemore Launches New Instagram Profile

July 31, 2018

A.F. Blakemore has enhanced its social media presence with the addition of a new Instagram profile

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Learning & Development July News Roundup

July 29, 2018

Courses led by A.F. Blakemore’s Learning & Development department in July include a Facilitation Skills workshop and two-day Leading the Blakemore Way course

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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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