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HR Self-service System: Have You Logged In Yet?

August 07, 2020

All AFB colleagues who have registered and confirmed an email address with the company should now have received an email inviting them to log in to A.F. Blakemore’s new HR and Payroll self-service system, ‘MyHR’

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AFB to Roll Out County Bridge Fresh Meat to More Stores

August 07, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is evolving its County Bridge fresh meat offer with the introduction of new retail packs and expansion into more SPAR stores via centralised distribution

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Wholesale Distribution Online Ordering Website Goes from Strength to Strength

August 07, 2020

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution’s online ordering website has been going from strength to strength since relaunching in May

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More than 220,000 Units of PPE Sold in Blakemore Retail

August 06, 2020

Blakemore Retail stores have sold more than 220,000 units of personal protective wear and personal hygiene items since the end of May

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Action Required: New HR Self-service System Launching Monday

July 31, 2020

A.F. Blakemore’s new Payroll and Human Resources self-service system is set to go live

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A.F. Blakemore Invests in New Rigid Vehicles

July 30, 2020

A.F. Blakemore adds 10 new rigid lorries to its distribution fleet as part on an ongoing vehicle replacement programme

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Process Improvement Q&A with Ambient Warehouse Manager Chloe Ball

July 30, 2020

We catch up with Ambient Warehouse Manager Chloe Ball to find out about some of the process improvement activity going on at her depot in Willenhall

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Non-uniform Weekend Raises £25,000 for NSPCC

July 29, 2020

Blakemore Retail SPAR stores across England and Wales raise £25,000 for the NSPCC with a ‘Dress Up or Dress Down’ fundraising weekend

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Philpotts Signs Up to Too Good to Go Food Waste App

July 24, 2020

Philpotts joins Blakemore Retail in signing up to the Too Good to Go food waste fighting app

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Blakemore Retail Trials Self-service Checkouts

July 23, 2020

Blakemore Retail is trialling three card-only self-service checkouts at its Bannerbrook store

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Blakemore Retail Value Initiative Boosts Sales by 36%

July 23, 2020

A Blakemore Retail initiative promoting value to customers has helped increase sales of selected products by 36% compared to pre-coronavirus-lockdown figures

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AFB Publishes Covid-19 Homeworking Survey Results

July 22, 2020

A.F Blakemore publishes the results of its Covid-19 home-working survey undertaken with colleagues in June

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Final Community Cashback Grant Scheme Winners Announced

July 17, 2020

A.F. Blakemore announces the final good causes to benefit from its Community Cashback Grant scheme

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Philpotts Launches New App for Customers

July 16, 2020

Philpotts launches a new app offering customers a click and collect service

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Blakemore Retail Introduces New Online Collaboration Platform

July 16, 2020

Blakemore Retail introduces a new internal collaboration platform to the business to help bring store and field teams across its estate together

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Hand Sanitiser Stations Rolled Out Across AFB

July 15, 2020

A.F. Blakemore rolls out hand sanitiser stations across its store estate and depots

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Latest Community Cashback Grant Scheme Winners Announced

July 10, 2020

A.F. Blakemore announces more good causes to benefit from its Community Cashback Grant scheme

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New Deals of the Day App to Launch for Retailers

July 09, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is launching a Deals of the Day app for independent retailers next week, to make it easier than ever for them to take advantage of special offers

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Wholesale Distribution Gears Up for Motorway Services to Get Busy Again

July 09, 2020

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution is gearing up for motorway service stations to get busy once again as more travellers take to the roads for work and summer holidays

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Construction of New Bedford Depot Gets Underway

July 09, 2020

Construction of A.F. Blakemore’s brand new distribution depot in Bedford is now underway

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First Community Cashback Grant Winners Announced

July 03, 2020

​A.F. Blakemore announces the first good causes to benefit from its Community Cashback Grant scheme

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Blakemore Retail to Trial New Distance Learning Programme

July 02, 2020

Blakemore Retail is set to trial a new distance learning programme that will enable store colleagues to gain a personal licence holder qualification remotely for the first time

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A.F. Blakemore Ranked 60th Largest Privately Owned Company in Britain

July 02, 2020

​A.F. Blakemore is set to be named the 60th largest privately owned company in Britain in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100

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New Video Launched to Attract Prospective Retailers

July 02, 2020

A.F. Blakemore launches a new video to help attract prospective retailers to the SPAR symbol group

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Blakemore Retail Invests in Delivery Vans to Meet Snappy Shopper Demand

June 25, 2020

Blakemore Retail invests in new delivery vans to keep up with demand for Snappy Shopper home deliveries

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Disability Sport Wales Hosts Virtual Sports Event

June 25, 2020

A.F. Blakemore community partner Disability Sport Wales hosts its first virtual sports event

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AFB in the Community: Q&A with Community Affairs Officer Kate Senter

June 25, 2020

We speak to Community Affairs Officer Kate Senter to find out how her role overseeing charity partnerships and AFB’s charitable trust has changed since the coronavirus outbreak

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Blakemore Foodservice Gears Up for Reopening of Pubs and Restaurants

June 24, 2020

Blakemore Foodservice gets ready to resume supplying pubs and restaurants ahead of their reopening on 4th July

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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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Q&A with Gavin James from Talbot Green

June 17, 2020

This week we’ve got a Q&A with Production Supervisor Gavin James, who works in Talbot Green’s cheese production facility. In his spare time, Gavin is a singer, songwriter and producer.

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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 Outperforms Competitors in Pandemic Support for Retailers

June 11, 2020

A.F. Blakemore has outperformed other symbol groups and wholesalers in its pandemic support for retailers, according to retailers

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Gardening Competition Winner Announced

June 11, 2020

It’s time to announce the winner of last week’s gardening competition

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Kelly Burrows Shortlisted for Transport and Logistics Award

June 10, 2020

Logistics Supply Chain Coordinator Kelly Burrows is named as a finalist in the Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards

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Safety Screens, Face Visors and Store Refits: Q&A with BDS’s Phil Collins

June 09, 2020

Q&A with Phil Collins from Blakemore Design & shopfitting

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Missed Celebration Competition Winner Announced

June 05, 2020

The winner of last week’s competition is announced

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Cycle to Work Scheme to Return for Summer

June 05, 2020

A.F. Blakemore’s Cycle to Work Scheme is set to re-open for applications this June, once again offering employees the chance to make significant cost savings on bike purchases

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Wholesale Distribution Relaunches Online Ordering Website

June 05, 2020

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution has relaunched its online ordering website to target independent retailers looking for a secondary supply solution

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Logistics Colleagues Praised for Efforts as SPAR Volumes Peak

June 05, 2020

A.F. Blakemore enjoyed fantastic sales across its SPAR estate last week, leading to a massive spike in volumes across the company’s logistics operation

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Survey Reveals Positive Attitudes to SPAR During Coronavirus Outbreak

June 04, 2020

An online survey looking at attitudes to SPAR and grocery shopping during the coronavirus pandemic has revealed that shoppers are valuing SPAR and smaller local stores more than usual

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Missed Celebration Competition: Your Chance to Win

May 29, 2020

This week we’re giving colleagues the chance to win a £50 Love2Shop voucher by entering our ‘missed celebration’ competition

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£58,000 Donated by A.F. Blakemore During Covid-19 Crisis

May 28, 2020

Charitable donations awarded by A.F. Blakemore colleagues to good causes in local communities during the coronavirus crisis have now reached the value of £58,000

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Blakemore Retail Home Deliveries Exceed 22,000

May 28, 2020

Blakemore Retail has made more than 22,000 home deliveries to customers in their local communities since March

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Produce Sales Soar Across AFB

May 28, 2020

A.F. Blakemore has seen produce sales rocket across its store estate thanks to the outstanding efforts of retail, logistics and trading colleagues

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Order Now: Fresh Meat Delivery Service Up and Running

May 22, 2020

A.F. Blakemore has launched a next-day County Bridge fresh meat home delivery service for the Wolverhampton, Walsall and Cannock areas

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Lockdown Creations Contest: Winners Announced

May 22, 2020

It’s time to announce the winners of A.F. Blakemore’s lockdown creations contest

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SPAR Launches New Brand Advert

May 21, 2020

SPAR launches a new advert to highlight the role of SPAR in the community

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Blakemore Retail Launches New Value Initiative

May 20, 2020

Blakemore Retail launches a new value initiative across its store estate to re-establish its value message to customers

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Celebrating Blakemore GEMs: Q&A with Alison from SPAR Bulwark Road

May 20, 2020

All throughout the coronavirus pandemic, A.F. Blakemore is celebrating colleagues who are going the extra mile for customers and other staff members via its Blakemore GEMs (Going the Extra Mile) scheme

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30,000 Plants Distributed by Logistics

May 20, 2020

A.F. Blakemore reports soaring plant sales during the coronavirus lockdown

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Celebrating Blakemore GEMs: Q&A with Tanya from SPAR Rhos

May 14, 2020

A.F. Blakemore celebrates colleagues who are going the extra mile for customers and other staff members via its Blakemore GEMs (Going the Extra Mile) scheme

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Leading the Blakemore Way Goes Online

May 14, 2020

AFB colleagues participate in the company’s very first online Leading the Blakemore Way session

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Retailers and Senior Leaders Say Thank You Blakemore Colleagues

May 14, 2020

Senior leaders and retailers say thank you to AFB colleagues in a short video

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​Throwback Photo Competition: Winner Announced

May 14, 2020

It’s time to announce the winner of A.F. Blakemore’s throwback photo contest! Will you recognise anyone who’s entered?

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Blakemore Foodservice Helps Feed Thousands in Need

May 14, 2020

Over the past five weeks, Blakemore Foodservice has been helping 36 local authorities, charities and businesses across the country to feed thousands of people in need

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A.F. Blakemore Launches Chocolate Bars with Special Messaging

May 14, 2020

A.F. Blakemore launches a special chocolate bar to cheer people up during the coronavirus pandemic

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Food Development Colleagues Embark on Virtual Food Tasting

May 07, 2020

Colleagues embark on their first-ever virtual food tasting session!

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A.F. Blakemore Set to Launch Fresh Meat Delivery Service

May 07, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is launching a next-day fresh meat home delivery service for the Wolverhampton, Walsall and Cannock areas

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Blakemore Retail to Trial Afternoon Tea Box

May 07, 2020

​Blakemore Retail will be trialling an afternoon tea box next week at 10 of its stores for customers who want to treat friends and family at home

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Throwback Photo Competition: Your Chance to Win

May 07, 2020

This week we’re hosting a colleague throwback photo competition

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Pet Photo Contest: Winners Announced

May 01, 2020

After sifting through more than 70 competition entries, it’s time to meet the much-anticipated winners of AFB’s pet contest

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Covid-19 Testing: Information for AFB Colleagues

May 01, 2020

The government has announced that Covid-19 testing has been expanded to essential workers in England and members of their households who are showing symptoms of the coronavirus

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Celebrating Blakemore GEMs: Q&A with Zak Aston from Willenhall Ambient Depot

April 30, 2020

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, A.F. Blakemore is celebrating colleagues who are going the extra mile for customers and other staff members via its Blakemore GEMs (Going the Extra Mile) scheme

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SPAR There for You Message Reaches Record Online Audience

April 30, 2020

A social media campaign run by A.F. Blakemore to recognise the important role that stores and colleagues have played in supporting their communities during the coronavirus pandemic has reached a record online audience of more than 100,000

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Blakemore Retail Launches Home Delivery Website

April 30, 2020

Blakemore Retail launches an online ordering website to make it easier for customers to browse products from SPAR stores offering home deliveries

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Milk & More: Liam Hancy on Supporting the Business through Covid-19

April 29, 2020

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution National Account Manager Liam Hancy writes about the fantastic work the company is doing with customer Milk & More, who have experienced soaring demand during the coronavirus pandemic

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New GroceryAid Support Available for AFB Colleagues

April 28, 2020

National charity GroceryAid announces new welfare support services for grocery colleagues in need amid the coronavirus crisis

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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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Pet Photo Contest: Your Chance to Win

April 22, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is offering colleagues the chance to win a pet hamper, gift voucher or donation to a dog rescue centre by entering its pet photo contest

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Celebrating Blakemore GEMs: SPAR Elstead

April 21, 2020

All throughout the coronavirus pandemic, A.F. Blakemore is celebrating colleagues who are going the extra mile for customers and other staff members

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A.F. Blakemore Colleagues Donate Over £25,000 During Coronavirus Crisis

April 21, 2020

Colleagues from across A.F. Blakemore donate more than £25,000 to local communities during the coronavirus crisis

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Celebrating Blakemore GEMs: Q&A with Layla from SPAR Wingerworth

April 16, 2020

All throughout the coronavirus pandemic, A.F. Blakemore has been celebrating Blakemore colleagues who have been going the extra mile

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Blakemore Foodservice Launches Click & Collect Service

April 16, 2020

Blakemore Foodservice launches a brand new click & collect service at its Darlaston distribution centre to serve people in the West Midlands

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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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Rainbow Competition: Your Chance to Win Vouchers Worth £50

April 14, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is offering colleagues the chance to win £50 worth of Love2Shop gift vouchers or a charitable donation to a good cause by entering its rainbow mural competition

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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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A.F. Blakemore Celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week

March 04, 2020

A.F. Blakemore celebrates its first Random Acts of Kindness Week with colleagues across the business

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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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Women in Blakemore Conference Kick-starts Events to Increase Diversity

March 04, 2020

A.F. Blakemore’s first Women in Blakemore conference kick-starts a series of events designed to focus on how the company can increase its diversity across underrepresented groups

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James Russell Cycles Cambodia for Charity

March 02, 2020

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution Managing Director James Russell cycles more than 500km through Cambodia for charity

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes Welsh Businesses on Study Tour

March 02, 2020

A.F. Blakemore welcomes 20 Welsh businesses on a depot tour of Willenhall to introduce them to the company

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Blakemore Retail Food Service Apprenticeships: Apply Now

February 28, 2020

Apply now for one of Blakemore Retail’s two new apprenticeships: Level 2 Food Service Team Member or Level 3 Food Service Supervisor

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A.F. Blakemore Supplier Event Attracts Record Number of Attendees

February 24, 2020

A.F. Blakemore welcomes more than 300 attendees to its annual Supplier Conference

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New Mentoring Programme Piloted across AFB

February 05, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is piloting a new mentoring programme for colleagues across the group of companies

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Women in Blakemore Conference Line-up Announced

February 04, 2020

A.F. Blakemore announces the line-up for its Women in Blakemore conference

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A.F. Blakemore to Support GroceryAid Awareness Day

February 03, 2020

A.F. Blakemore will be supporting GroceryAid’s annual Awareness Day on Tuesday 3rd March

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Coming Soon: Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 03, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is set to host its first Random Acts of Kindness Week in February

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Blakemore Benefits: Claim a Free Eye Test this February

February 03, 2020

Vision Express has an exclusive offer of a free eye test for all Blakemore colleagues registered on blakemorebenefits.co.uk

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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 Retail Trials Food Waste Fighting App

January 24, 2020

Blakemore Retail has become the latest convenience store retailer to trial the food waste fighting app Too Good to Go

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New Year, New Company Values

January 09, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is re-launching its company values: The Blakemore Way

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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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Blakemore Foodservice Announces Contract with SOHO Coffee Co.

January 08, 2020

Blakemore Foodservice announces a three-year contract to supply SOHO Coffee Co.

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Coming Soon: Women in Blakemore Conference

January 08, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is set to host its first Women in Blakemore conference on 26th February

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A.F. Blakemore to Roll Out New Mental Health Programme

January 07, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is set to introduce a new Mental Health in the Workplace programme to the business to help engage and support colleagues

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