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A.F. Blakemore Christmas Campaign to Give Away up to £100,000 Worth of Prizes

December 01, 2022

A.F. Blakemore & Son is set to launch a SPAR Christmas campaign giving away up to £100,000 worth of prizes

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A.F. Blakemore Wins at FWD Gold Medal Awards

November 28, 2022

A.F. Blakemore is celebrating after winning the Data and Insight award at the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) Gold Medal Awards

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Meat Trader Bal Mehmi Wins National Award

November 22, 2022

Meat Trader Bal Mehmi from Blakemore Fresh Foods is crowned a winner at the national Women in Meat Industry Awards

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Independent Retailer Muru Visana Opens New SPAR Market Store in Clavering

November 08, 2022

The picturesque village of Clavering in Essex is home to a brand-new SPAR Market owned by enterprising independent retailer Muru Visana and family

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SPAR Harnessing the Power of the Past, to Be the Force for the Future

October 27, 2022

Four hundred people attend SPAR UK’s national conference in Gran Canaria

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Local MP Launches New Post Office at SPAR Chipping Sodbury

October 25, 2022

Blakemore Retail’s Chipping Sodbury store celebrates the opening of a brand-new post office with a visit from a local MP

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New SPAR Market Store for Dersingham Sees Substantial Increase in Sales and Margin

October 21, 2022

An independent family-owned SPAR store in Dersingham rebrands as a SPAR Market store

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A.F. Blakemore Helps 108 Colleagues Gain New LGV Driving Licence

September 30, 2022

A.F. Blakemore’s driver training programmes enables 108 colleagues to gain a new LGV driving licence in the past 12 months

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Q&A with Bedford General Manager Bruno Krssak

September 30, 2022

​Back in August, A.F. Blakemore welcomed Bruno Krssak to the business as General Manager for its Bedford distribution depot

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Llanharry SPAR and Post Office Relaunches After Fire

September 29, 2022

Blakemore Retail’s Llanharry SPAR and Post Office reopens after extensive fire and water damage forced it to close in April

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Blakemore Colleagues Enjoy Free Day Out at Alton Towers

September 29, 2022

More than 800 A.F. Blakemore colleagues enjoy a free day out at Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire

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SPAR Supports One Tree Planted Campaign

September 29, 2022

SPAR UK is supporting the international brand’s 90th anniversary celebrations by giving back to communities and planting 12,500 trees all over England with leading organisation One Tree Planted

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Lisa James Crowned Sales Colleague of the Year

September 27, 2022

SPAR Beddau Supervisor Lisa James wins Sales Colleague of the Year at The Convenience Awards

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Blakemore Retail Bank Holiday Fundraising Tops £30,000

September 14, 2022

Blakemore Retail’s August bank holiday fundraiser has already raised more than £30,000 for the NSPCC

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Five Colleagues Cycle London to Paris for GroceryAid

September 13, 2022

Five A.F. Blakemore colleagues complete an epic bike ride from London to Paris in aid of charity GroceryAid

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Retail Colleagues Lend a Hand to Food Banks and Homeless Services

September 13, 2022

Blakemore Retail colleagues help various good causes supporting people in need during the school summer holidays.

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Five Colleagues Embark on GroceryAid London to Paris Cycle

September 09, 2022

Five A.F. Blakemore colleagues embarked upon an epic bike ride from London to Paris in aid of charity GroceryAid

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Blakemore Colleagues Celebrate Apprenticeship Success

August 26, 2022

Five A.F. Blakemore colleagues celebrate completing apprenticeships at a graduation ceremony at Stafford County Showground

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Colleagues Team Up for Big Day of Volunteering with Disability Sport Wales

August 26, 2022

Twenty-nine colleagues from A.F. Blakemore volunteer a day of work time to help Disability Sport Wales deliver a major sports festival event

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GroceryAid Week: Get Involved

August 26, 2022

Colleagues get set to celebrate GroceryAid Week from Monday 5th September to Sunday 11th September

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SPAR Stores Shortlisted for Multiple Industry Awards

August 24, 2022

Blakemore Retail and independent SPAR stores across the Meridian & Welsh Guild make the shortlist at 2022’s Convenience, Retail Industry and Forecourt Trader Awards

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Bal Mehmi Nominated for Women in Meat Award

August 22, 2022

Meat Trader Bal Mehmi from Blakemore Fresh Foods is nominated for a Meat Businesswoman Award at the national Women in Meat Industry Awards

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NSPCC Launches New Virtual Volunteering Opportunity

August 02, 2022

Five Blakemore colleagues take part in a new virtual community volunteering opportunity with the NSPCC

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Bedford Colleagues Make a Splash with Raft Race Fundraiser

August 01, 2022

Colleagues at A.F. Blakemore’s Bedford distribution depot brave their local river waters to take part in a raft race in aid of charity

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Blakemore Retail Conference Looks to Future

July 29, 2022

More than 250 store managers attend Blakemore Retail’s Managers’ Conference to learn about exciting new initiatives setting the business up for future success

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SPAR UK Awards £100,000 to Good Causes Via Community Cashback Scheme

July 12, 2022

SPAR UK awards £100,000 to good causes across the UK via its Community Cashback scheme

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SPAR Launches New Partnership with Deliveroo

June 22, 2022

SPAR UK signes a new partnership deal with Deliveroo covering all 2,160 SPAR stores in England, Scotland and Wales

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Blakemore Retail Spring Ball Raises £40,000 for NSPCC

June 22, 2022

Blakemore Retail raises more than £40,000 for the NSPCC at its fourth charity ball

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SPAR Retail Show 2022: New World, New Opportunities

June 17, 2022

‘New World, New Opportunities’ was the key theme lighting up the room at Blakemore Trade Partners’ SPAR Retail Show this year

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Celebrate Jubilee

June 10, 2022

Blakemore Retail colleagues enjoy the long bank holiday weekend celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a fundraiser for the NSPCC

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A.F. Blakemore Bids Farewell to Geoff Hallam

June 10, 2022

Colleagues wish A.F. Blakemore’s Group Managing Director for Operations, Geoff Hallam, a happy retirement after 32 years with the business

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Can You Help Shape Your Pension Scheme?

June 09, 2022

Now that the A.F. Blakemore Retirement Savings Plan with Aviva is up and running, we want to make sure that it continues to deliver what members really need and value - and so we need your help

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Blakemore Retail Set for Big Bank Holiday Weekend

June 01, 2022

Blakemore Retail colleagues are getting ready for a big bank holiday weekend celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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A.F. Blakemore Launches Race at Work Strategy

May 18, 2022

​A.F. Blakemore launches a Race at Work Strategy

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SPAR Own Label Expands for Summer BBQs

May 09, 2022

SPAR launches a variety of own label products to maximise this summer’s great opportunity

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Blakemore Retail Opens New Purpose-Built SPAR in Spalding

May 04, 2022

Blakemore Retail launches a brand-new SPAR convenience store in the town of Spalding, Lincolnshire

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Last Chance to Get Behind SPAR Play & Win Trivia Game

April 22, 2022

There are just five days remaining for colleagues to get behind A.F. Blakemore’s new ‘Play & Win’ smartphone game!

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SPAR Aberavon Relaunches with New and Improved Food to Go

April 22, 2022

SPAR Aberavon relaunches with a new and improved hot food counter serving delicious food to go

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Blakemore Retail Wins at NSPCC Corporate Impact Awards

April 21, 2022

Blakemore Retail is recognised at the NSPCC Corporate Impact Awards with the CEO’s Choice Award for Fundraising

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A.F. Blakemore Trials Electric HGV

April 06, 2022

A.F. Blakemore trials an electric truck at its Willenhall distribution centre

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A.F. Blakemore to Launch SPAR Augmented Reality Game App

April 05, 2022

A.F. Blakemore is set to launch an interactive augmented reality (AR) game app that offers customers the chance to win prizes at SPAR stores

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Mentoring Programme Reopens for Applications

March 25, 2022

A.F. Blakemore opens its Mentoring Programme up again for a new intake of mentors and mentees

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Coming Soon: Environment Week

March 25, 2022

A.F. Blakemore is inviting all colleagues to get involved in Environment Week next month

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Blakemore Colleagues Pack Bags of Essentials for People in Need

March 25, 2022

Blakemore Foodservice and Wholesale Distribution colleagues volunteer 31 hours of work time to packing bags of essentials for people in need

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A.F. Blakemore Educates Schoolchildren on Rules of the Road

March 24, 2022

A.F. Blakemore relaunches its road safety awareness campaign to more than 450 students at two West Midlands schools

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Join Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection

March 18, 2022

A.F. Blakemore is inviting colleagues to join in with Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection

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Colleagues Go Above and Beyond for Ukraine Appeals

March 18, 2022

​A.F. Blakemore colleagues and retailers support numerous appeals to help Ukrainian people

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World Cancer Day Raises More Than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK

March 17, 2022

A.F. Blakemore takes part in World Cancer Day

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Look Out: New Colleague Survey Coming Soon

March 04, 2022

A.F. Blakemore will be inviting all colleagues to have their say on working at the business in a new company-wide survey later this March

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Blakemore Volunteers Support Wolverhampton Food Parcel Scheme

March 04, 2022

Seven Blakemore colleagues volunteer their work time to supporting a school half-term food parcel scheme in Wolverhampton

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Q&A with Environmental Sustainability Manager Darshika Patel

March 02, 2022

Find out more about new Environmental Sustainability Manager Darshika Patel

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A.F. Blakemore to Trial Electric HGV

March 02, 2022

A.F. Blakemore will be trialling an electric truck at its Willenhall distribution centre for a week in March

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Blakemore Retail Unveils New Concept Store at SPAR Aberystwyth

February 18, 2022

Blakemore Retail launches a brand-new concept store at SPAR Aberystwyth

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A.F. Blakemore Appoints New Group Commercial Director

February 16, 2022

A.F. Blakemore appoints David Cooke to the newly created role of Group Commercial Director

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SPAR Reports Buoyant Christmas and New Year Trading

February 07, 2022

SPAR announces market-leading sales for the four weeks to 2nd January 2022

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Vegan Store Launches Weekly Delivery Boxes for Veganuary

January 13, 2022

Vegan Store launches a new weekly delivery box for Veganuary

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A.F. Blakemore Invests in New Tractor Units

January 13, 2022

Ten new tractor units have been delivered into A.F. Blakemore’s food distribution fleet, each meeting Transport for London’s three-star Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rating

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SPAR Launches New Brand Positioning

January 12, 2022

SPAR unveils new UK-wide brand positioning that celebrates the unique characteristics of SPAR convenience stores

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SPAR Becomes First Grocer in UK to Launch 100% Vegan Own-label Wine Range

January 06, 2022

​SPAR makes its full range of own-label wines suitable for vegans

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SPAR Offers Shoppers Chance to Win Shop for Free Throughout January

January 05, 2022

SPAR is launching a brand-new consumer campaign in participating stores around England, Scotland and Wales throughout January 2022

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More Colleagues Qualify as Mental Health First Aiders

December 17, 2021

More AFB colleagues have qualified as mental health first aiders

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Blakemore Foundation Donates £55,000 to Christmas Community Activities

December 17, 2021

The Blakemore Foundation donates circa £55,000 to more than 1,200 different Christmas activities across the company’s trading area

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Festive Friday Raises Thousands for Charity

December 17, 2021

Last week’s Festive Friday is estimated to have raised more than £20,000 for charity

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Blakemore Colleagues Scoop Three FWD Gold Medals

November 26, 2021

Kelly Burrows, Ian Cawley and Alan Mayor are crowned winners at this year’s FWD Awards

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Blakemore Colleagues Attend Disability Sport Wales Paralympic Celebratory Dinner

November 25, 2021

A.F. Blakemore Group Marketing Director Sarah Ellis and Responsible Business Director Caoire Blakemore attend Disability Sport Wales’s Paralympic Celebratory Dinner

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SPAR UK Celebrates Raising £2m for Marie Curie

November 24, 2021

SPAR UK fundraising for Marie Curie surpasses £2 million

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A.F. Blakemore Achieves Goal of 100% Renewable Electricity

November 19, 2021

A.F. Blakemore moves its operations to 100% renewable electricity

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A.F. Blakemore & Son Well Positioned for Growth

November 17, 2021

Chairman Peter Blakemore announces a year of good progress for 2020/21 in his statement on A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd’s annual financial results

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Blakemore Retail and NSPCC Win at Corporate Engagement Awards

November 15, 2021

Blakemore Retail’s charity partnership with the NSPCC wins bronze at the Corporate Engagement Awards 2021

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Blakemore Retail Goes Purple for Purple Tuesday

November 05, 2021

Blakemore Retail colleagues dress up and decorate their stores in purple for disability awareness event Purple Tuesday

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Three AFB Colleagues Shortlisted for FWD Gold Medal Awards

October 22, 2021

Supply Chain Manager Kelly Burrows, Wholesale Distribution National Account Manager Ian Cawley and Telesales Manager Alan Mayor have all been shortlisted for this year’s FWD Awards

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SPAR Retail Show 2021: Better Together

October 22, 2021

Blakemore Trade Partners lays on its annual show for suppliers, colleagues and retailers from across SPAR UK’s Meridian & Welsh Guild

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177 Colleagues Receive Free Flu Vaccination

October 22, 2021

177 A.F. Blakemore colleagues take up the company’s offer of a free flu vaccination

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Blakemore Retail to Promote NSPCC Campaign This Half Term

October 15, 2021

Blakemore Retail will be teaming up with the NSPCC this October half term to promote the charity’s Home or Out Alone campaign across its store estate

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Blakemore Retail Opens New Store in Broughton Astley

October 15, 2021

Blakemore Retail opens a new SPAR store in the village of Broughton Astley, Leicestershire

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Ajay Odedra Switches to SPAR

October 01, 2021

Independent retailer Ajay Odedra has chosen to move his Simply Fresh supplied store in Boreham, Essex to SPAR

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Blakemore Apprenticeships: Find Out More

October 01, 2021

Did you know that A.F. Blakemore can offer colleagues across England a wide range of apprenticeships bespoke to their job roles completely free of charge?

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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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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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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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