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A.F. Blakemore Pilots Business Admin Diploma with Coventry University

September 17, 2021

Seventeen colleagues from A.F. Blakemore get set to embark on a brand-new Level 7 commercial apprenticeship programme

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A.F. Blakemore Gets Ready for Natasha’s Law

September 17, 2021

After a year of planning, A.F. Blakemore is in the final stages of preparation for the introduction of Natasha’s Law

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SPAR Parkfoot Scoops Top Prize at Convenience Awards

September 15, 2021

SPAR Parkfoot is named Convenience Retailer of the Year at The Convenience Awards 2021

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Blakemore Retail Bank Holiday Fundraiser Generates Thousands for NSPCC

September 03, 2021

Blakemore Retail’s PANTS Weekend fundraiser held in aid of the NSPCC over the August bank holiday has already raises in excess of £35,000

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AFB Offers 100 Work Placements via Kickstart Scheme

September 03, 2021

A.F. Blakemore welcomes 100 young people into the business on work placements via the government’s Kickstart Scheme

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Performance Development Reviews to Go Online

September 02, 2021

A.F. Blakemore launches a new online performance development review process that will be rolled out to all colleagues

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SPAR MD Louise Hoste Announced as New Chair of ACS

September 01, 2021

The Association of Convenience Stores announces the appointment of SPAR Managing Director Louise Hoste as its new chair from November

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Blakemore Retail to Host Big Bank Holiday Fundraiser for NSPCC

August 20, 2021

Blakemore Retail colleagues are set to go on a fundraising drive for the NSPCC this August bank holiday with their annual PANTS Weekend

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Covid-19 Vaccination Bus Comes to Willenhall

August 20, 2021

A.F. Blakemore hosts the Walsall NHS Trust Covid vaccination bus at its Willenhall head office site

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Payroll Giving: Give to Charity Through Your Wages

August 20, 2021

Payroll giving is a simple, tax-effective way for colleagues to give to any UK-based charity from their pay

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Blakemore Trade Partners Continues to Attract New SPAR Retailers

August 20, 2021

A.F. Blakemore has welcomed 14 new stores to its independent SPAR retail estate over the past eight weeks

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Blakemore Foodservice Steps Up Deliveries Ahead of New School Term

August 20, 2021

Blakemore Foodservice is once again busy with start-up deliveries ahead of the new school term in September

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Blakemore Team Defies Heat and Hills to Complete GroceryAid Cycle

August 06, 2021

Ten cyclists from A.F. Blakemore and independent SPAR stores successfully complete an epic bike ride across Wales in aid of charity GroceryAid

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50% Off Entry into £3 Million House Prize Draw in Aid of NSPCC

August 06, 2021

All Blakemore colleagues are being given 50% off entry into a £3 million house prize draw

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SPAR Bala Goes from Strength to Strength Following Relaunch

August 05, 2021

Blakemore Retail’s Bala store in Gwynedd goes from strength to strength following its relaunch under the SPAR Market fascia

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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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GroceryAid Coast to Coast Cycle Gets Underway

July 23, 2021

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

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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 Retail Reaches £4 Million Fundraising Milestone for NSPCC

July 23, 2021

Blakemore Retail reaches a £4 million fundraising milestone for the NSPCC through its 16-year partnership with the charity

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Operations Manager Chloe Ball Wins Warehousing Award

July 09, 2021

Chilled Operations Manager Chloe Ball becomes the first Blakemore colleague to win an award at the Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards

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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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Blakemore Retail Teams Up with NSPCC for Home or Out Alone Campaign

July 09, 2021

Blakemore Retail teams up with the NSPCC to help parents decide if their children are ready to stay home or go out alone

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Meet Your New AFB Mental Health First Aiders

July 06, 2021

As part of A.F. Blakemore’s Wellbeing in the Workplace programme, the company is pleased to announce that 26 colleagues have qualified as mental health first aiders

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Blakemore Retail Launches First SPAR Market Store

June 24, 2021

Blakemore Retail relaunches its store in Bala under the SPAR Market fascia following a complete refurbishment

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A.F. Blakemore Launches New Customer Web Apps

June 23, 2021

A.F. Blakemore launches three new web apps for customers to improve their online shopping experience

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Blakemore Retail Birthday Parties Raise More Than £35,000 for NSPCC

June 11, 2021

Blakemore Retail raises £35,212 for the NSPCC by hosting 16th birthday parties across its SPAR estate to celebrate the start of its 16th year of partnership with the charity

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Apply to Become a Mental Health First Aider

June 11, 2021

A.F. Blakemore is inviting all colleagues to apply to become a mental health first aider

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Have Your Say: Major Life Events Survey and Focus Group Opportunity

June 11, 2021

We’re currently reviewing how we support colleagues through major life events and would love to hear your experiences, if you are happy to share them with us

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AFB Steps Up Recruitment Drive to Address Driver Shortage

June 09, 2021

A.F. Blakemore steps up its recruitment drive to help attract more HGV drivers to the business amidst the national shortage

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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution Embraces Immediate Convenience Opportunity

June 09, 2021

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution sees sales in the immediate convenience market grow

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Blakemore Benefits: Offers and Discounts on Gym Memberships

May 28, 2021

Get offers and discounts on gym memberships with Blakemore Benefits

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A.F. Blakemore Launches New Instagram Profile

May 28, 2021

A.F. Blakemore enhances its social media presence with a new Instagram profile to showcase working life at the business

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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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Blakemore Foundation Awards £313,257 to Good Causes in 2020/21

May 24, 2021

The Blakemore Foundation awarded goods and monetary donations worth £313,257 to good causes during A.F. Blakemore’s 2020/21 financial year

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Blakemore Foodservice Retains Contract with Dudley and Walsall Councils

May 14, 2021

Blakemore Foodservice retains its grocery, chilled and frozen distribution contract with Dudley and Walsall councils

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Chloe Ball and Liz Blakemore Shortlisted for Logistics Awards

May 14, 2021

Chilled Operations Manager Chloe Ball and HR Business Partner Liz Blakemore are named as finalists in this year’s Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards

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Have You Registered for AFB’s Learning Management System?

May 14, 2021

All colleagues should now have received an email inviting them to sign up to the company’s new learning management system

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Reminder of GroceryAid Support on Offer to AFB Colleagues

April 30, 2021

A.F. Blakemore is reminding colleagues of a few wellbeing and support resources available from charity GroceryAid ahead of national Mental Health Awareness Week in May

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Refer a Driver Friend and Receive £400 in Vouchers

April 29, 2021

Get yourself £400 in high street vouchers for referring any Class C or Class C + E driver that is successfully recruited into the Group Logistics division

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Time to Register for AFB’s New Learning Management System

April 29, 2021

It’s time to register for AFB’s new learning management system

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Q&A: Five Questions with Head of Fresh Sarah Deakin

April 28, 2021

In March A.F. Blakemore appointed Sarah Deakin to the new role of Head of Fresh

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AFB Launches Monthly Video News Updates

April 16, 2021

​A.F. Blakemore launches a monthly video news update to keep colleagues up to date with the latest goings-on from around the business

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Blakemore Benefits: Make the Most of Savings this Spring

April 16, 2021

Make the most of discounts available via A.F. Blakemore’s benefits scheme

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New Learning Management System Coming Soon

April 13, 2021

A.F. Blakemore is set to launch a new learning management system for colleagues

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New Project Management Toolkit Introduced to Support Projects

April 13, 2021

A.F. Blakemore launches a new project management toolkit to support the delivery of key projects within the business

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Happy Retirement John Bowman and David Cartwright

April 12, 2021

A.F. Blakemore wishes John Bowman and David Cartwright a happy retirement

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Blakemore Colleagues Support More Than 300 Easter Activities

April 06, 2021

A.F. Blakemore colleagues help to make Easter ‘eggstra special’ for their local communities with charitable giving and fundraising initiatives

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Axcess 10 Distribution Depot Achieves BRCGS Grade A Standard

April 02, 2021

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution’s Axcess 10 depot is awarded a grade A in its latest BRCGS audit

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Blakemore Foodservice Set to Recommence Supply to Pubs and Restaurants

April 01, 2021

Blakemore Foodservice is getting ready to resume supplying pubs and restaurants ahead of their reopening

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Additional Holiday Purchase Scheme

April 01, 2021

As from 1st May 2021, employees will have the opportunity to purchase additional holidays on top of their contracted annual entitlement

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A.F. Blakemore’s Home-working Survey Results Announced

April 01, 2021

Thank you to all office-based colleagues for taking the time to complete A.F. Blakemore’s recent follow-up pulse survey on home-working

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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution Launches New Web App

March 19, 2021

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution launches a new web app for customers to improve their online shopping experience

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Vegan Store Launches Golden Crunch Easter Egg

March 18, 2021

Vegan Store launches a brand-new Golden Crunch Easter egg for Easter

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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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A.F. Blakemore Launches Store Energy Reduction Programme

March 05, 2021

A.F. Blakemore introduces a new energy reduction programme to help save energy across its SPAR store estate

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Colleagues Celebrate GroceryAid Awareness Day

March 05, 2021

Colleagues across A.F. Blakemore help the company raise awareness of GroceryAid as it marks GroceryAid Awareness Day

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Blakemore Retail Helps Fund NSPCC Virtual Assembly with Ant and Dec

March 04, 2021

Blakemore Retail’s fundraising for the NSPCC helps the charity to hold a special virtual assembly to talk to children about mental health in the pandemic

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A.F. Blakemore Produces New Vegan Store Video

March 03, 2021

​A.F. Blakemore launches a short new video to introduce its Vegan Store brand to retailers

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Blakemore Retail Extends Partnership with Too Good To Go to 275 Stores

February 24, 2021

Blakemore Retail signs up all 275 of its SPAR convenience stores to the Too Good To Go app

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Help AFB Fundraise for GroceryAid on GroceryAid Awareness Day

February 19, 2021

A.F. Blakemore is calling on all colleagues to help the company fundraise for GroceryAid as it marks GroceryAid Awareness Day on 2nd March

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AFB Launches Leading the Blakemore Way App

February 18, 2021

A.F. Blakemore launches a new Leading the Blakemore Way app to support colleagues with their leadership development

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Logistics Managers Complete Upskilling Programme

February 18, 2021

Twenty-two A.F. Blakemore logistics colleagues successfully complete a new learning & development programme online

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YuLife: Sign Up to AFB’s New Wellbeing App

February 18, 2021

AFB colleagues are invited to sign up to a new wellbeing app that offers rewards for walking and meditating

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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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A.F. Blakemore & Son Invests for Growth with New Opportunities

February 08, 2021

Chairman Peter Blakemore reports a year of good progress for 2019/20 in his annual statement on A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd’s financial results

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Snappy Shopper Sales Break More Records

February 05, 2021

Snappy Shopper sales are continuing to break records in Blakemore Retail, with the last few weeks seeing the best results yet for the home delivery app.

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MyHR: It’s Time to Update Your Details

February 05, 2021

Following the successful launch of the company’s MyHR system last year, A.F. Blakemore is now asking colleagues to update their personal information on the platform

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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 Joins Kickstart Scheme

January 22, 2021

A.F. Blakemore joins the government’s Kickstart Scheme as part of its ongoing commitment to helping young people into the workplace

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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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Wellbeing in the Workplace Programme Launches Across AFB

January 22, 2021

A.F. Blakemore launches a new Wellbeing in the Workplace programme to help engage and support colleagues

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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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New 24/7 Virtual GP Service Available to Colleagues

January 08, 2021

A.F. Blakemore offers colleagues access to a 24/7 virtual GP and wellbeing app

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Reminder of GroceryAid Support on Offer to AFB Colleagues

January 07, 2021

A.F. Blakemore wants to remind all colleagues across the group that they are eligible for support from GroceryAid

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Store Manager Linda Carrington Receives New Year Honour

December 31, 2020

SPAR Store Manager Linda Carrington receives a British Empire Medal in The Queen’s New Year Honours

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Colleagues Support More Than a Thousand Good Causes this Christmas

December 23, 2020

A.F. Blakemore colleagues support more than a thousand good causes in communities across the company’s trading area over the Christmas period

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Blakemore Retail Continues Snappy Shopper Van Rollout

December 11, 2020

Blakemore Retail is investing in 40 new delivery vans to keep up with demand for Snappy Shopper home deliveries

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Dunkin’ Donuts Launched in Blakemore Retail

December 10, 2020

​Blakemore Retail launches a new Dunkin’ Donuts range in 17 of its stores

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Help Support Blakemore Retail’s Christmas Fundraising for the NSPCC

December 10, 2020

Help support Blakemore Retail’s fundraising for the NSPCC this Christmas with a letter from Santa or fundraising walk

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Blakemore Benefits: Save on Gifts this Christmas

December 10, 2020

This December, the company’s Blakemore Benefits scheme has a wide selection of offers on leading brands to help colleagues save money during the festive period

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Shawbirch Store Relaunched after Major Refit

December 09, 2020

Blakemore Retail relaunches its Shawbirch store in Telford after carrying out a major refit

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Vegan Store Launches Christmas Range

November 27, 2020

A.F. Blakemore’s Vegan Store websites have launched a new range of plant-based products for Christmas 2020

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A.F. Blakemore Launches Black Friday Offers for Retailers

November 27, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is running a series of Black Friday deals for its SPAR and wholesale retail customers

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Online Leading the Blakemore Way Programme Piloted

November 27, 2020

Nine AFB colleagues participate in a pilot online Leading the Blakemore Way programme

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Colleagues Celebrate Leadership & Management Qualifications

November 23, 2020

​Two cohorts of A.F. Blakemore colleagues successfully complete Institute of Leadership & Management programmes

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Blakemore Retail Enjoys Record Snappy Shopper Sales

November 13, 2020

Blakemore Retail has seen Snappy Shopper sales and orders increase by 25% over the last two weeks

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SRS2020: New Opportunities

November 13, 2020

A.F. Blakemore’s SPAR Retail Show took place virtually on 3rd November and was attended by 1,000 guests

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Blakemore Foodservice Reacts to Lockdown: Q&A with Cheryl Hope

November 12, 2020

As Blakemore Foodservice faces the challenge of a new lockdown in England, we caught up with Head of Trading for Foodservice Cheryl Hope to find out how the business is handling the situation

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Retail Apprenticeships: Sign Up Now

October 30, 2020

Blakemore Retail is now recruiting its next cohort of apprentices

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A.F. Blakemore Relaunches Daily Deli Food to Go

October 29, 2020

A.F. Blakemore has relaunched its Daily Deli food-to-go range for SPAR customers

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Blakemore Retail Trials New Pizza-to-go Concept

October 29, 2020

Blakemore Retail is trialling a new pizza-to-go concept in SPAR Aldridge in the West Midlands

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New Transport Offices for Willenhall

October 29, 2020

A.F. Blakemore has invested in brand-new facilities for its Transport department in Willenhall

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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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AFB Pension Scheme Webinar: View Now

October 15, 2020

A.F. Blakemore has recorded a pension scheme webinar for colleagues

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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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A.F. Blakemore Launches Own-brand Food-to-go Range

October 13, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is set to launch a new own-brand food-to-go range designed especially for the convenience retail market

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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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Bedford Depot Construction Update

September 25, 2020

The construction of A.F. Blakemore’s brand new distribution depot in Bedford has made significant progress over the past few weeks

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Wholesale Distribution Online Ordering Website Continues Growth

September 25, 2020

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution’s online ordering website enjoyed its best week yet last week

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