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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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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

February 07, 2020

Find out about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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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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A.F. Blakemore Celebrates Tree-mendous Christmas Giving

January 07, 2020

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

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Blakemore Colleagues Wrap 2,500 Presents for Local Charities

January 02, 2020

​A.F. Blakemore colleagues wrap more than 2,500 Christmas presents for local charities over the festive period

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SPAR International Presents A.F. Blakemore with Special Recognition Award

December 04, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has been presented with a Special Recognition award by SPAR International for the contribution it has made to the community through its Branching Out education programme

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A.F. Blakemore Signs Up to Refill Campaign

December 04, 2019

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

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SPAR London Road Bakery Wins Two IAA Awards

December 04, 2019

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

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Blakemore Retail Launches New Food Service Apprenticeships

December 03, 2019

Blakemore Retail is looking for enthusiastic, career-minded individuals with the potential to become managers, supervisors and team leaders of the future

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Charity Challenges Raise Hundreds for NSPCC

December 02, 2019

Blakemore Retail colleagues take part in challenges to fundraise for the NPSPCC

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Mark Purple Tuesday 2019

November 27, 2019

Blakemore Retail colleagues host purple-themed activities in-store to celebrate Purple Tuesday

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Blakemore Logistics Steps Up for Safer Streets

November 27, 2019

More than 700 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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Philpotts Introduces Winter-warming Christmas Range with Vegan Options

October 31, 2019

Philpotts is set to launch a new range for the Christmas period, including a festive selection of hot drinks, wraps and sandwiches

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SPAR Spooktacular: the Best of Halloween 2019

October 31, 2019

A.F. Blakemore colleagues get into the spirit of Halloween with a whole host of spooky-themed celebrations

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Retail Volunteers Donate 256 Hours to DIY SOS Project

October 30, 2019

A team of Blakemore Retail colleagues has donated 256 hours to a DIY community project set to feature on the television next week

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A.F. Blakemore Appoints New Customer Experience Director

October 30, 2019

In September, A.F. Blakemore appointed Sarah Yates to the new position of Customer Experience Director for the group of companies

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Diversity Awareness Events Coming Soon

October 29, 2019

​A.F. Blakemore’s Diversity Champions have been set their first task to establish a calendar of awareness events to celebrate Equality, Inclusion and Diversity throughout 2020

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Blakemore Retail Relocates SPAR Maerdy to New Site

October 28, 2019

Blakemore Retail relocates its Maerdy SPAR store to a brand new site on Maerdy Road

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SPAR Retail Show Makes Generous Donation to Local Food Banks

October 28, 2019

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

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Local Community Sport Hero Wins 2019 SPAR People’s Podium Award

October 21, 2019

​SPAR UK announces Ross Broadbent of Blacon Boxing Club as a regional winner of its People’s Podium initiative, designed to support community sport across the country

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Blakemore Retail Commits to Disability Training in Support of Purple Tuesday

October 21, 2019

Blakemore Retail SPAR employees will undertake online disability awareness training in support of Purple Tuesday

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Bristol Philpotts Store Relaunches with New Branding

October 03, 2019

A.F. Blakemore’s Bristol Philpotts store at Temple Quay has relaunched with a fresh look and new branding

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AFB Launches New Retail Strategy to Colleagues at Cluster Seminar

October 03, 2019

Colleagues from across the A.F. Blakemore Group attend a seminar to learn about the company’s new Store Cluster Strategy

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A.F. Blakemore Raises a Cuppa for World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

October 02, 2019

Blakemore employees donate more than £1,900 worth of tea, coffee, cake, squash and biscuits to Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

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Blakemore Trade Partners Launches New Retail Strategy at SRS19

October 02, 2019

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

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Blakemore Foodservice Becomes Main Supplier to Philpotts

October 02, 2019

Blakemore Foodservice becomes the main food and drink supplier to A.F. Blakemore’s 21 Philpotts stores

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Blakemore Retail Raises a Dino-mite £34,000 for NSPCC

October 02, 2019

Blakemore Retail SPAR stores across England and Wales have been on a fundraising drive for the NSPCC while raising awareness about keeping children safe from sexual abuse

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A.F. Blakemore Grabs Gold at Walsall Works Partner Awards

October 01, 2019

A.F. Blakemore is presented with Gold Partner Status at the Walsall Works Partner Awards

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Blakemore SPARs Celebrate Industry Award Success

October 01, 2019

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

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Blakemore Colleagues Enjoy Football and Theme Park Social Events

September 30, 2019

Blakemore colleagues compete in a football competition and enjoy a day trip to Alton Towers theme park

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A.F. Blakemore Relaunches First Company-owned SPAR as Flagship Store

September 09, 2019

A.F. Blakemore relocates its inaugural company-owned SPAR store to a forecourt site in Willenhall

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First Diversity Champion Meeting Takes Place

September 04, 2019

A.F. Blakemore’s new Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Engagement Group holds its inaugural meeting in Wolverhampton

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A.F. Blakemore Appoints New Head of Digital

September 04, 2019

This summer A.F. Blakemore appointed Stuart Sykes to the position of Head of Digital for the group of companies

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Long Service Q&A with Steve and Annette Hadley

September 04, 2019

In July, husband and wife Steve and Annette Hadley from Group Trading and Blakemore Foodservice achieved two significant long service milestones with A.F. Blakemore

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

September 03, 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 Collaborates with SPAR UK for Process Improvement

September 03, 2019

A.F. Blakemore collaborates with SPAR UK to improve customer complaints processes across the two organisations

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Blakemore SPARs Recognised on Forecourt Trader Awards Shortlist

September 03, 2019

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

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Blakemore Retail Celebrates Top NSPCC Fundraisers

August 30, 2019

Blakemore Retail recognises its top fundraising stores after announcing a record-breaking year of fundraising that generated more than £450,000 for the NSPCC

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

August 28, 2019

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

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A.F. Blakemore Sets Sights on New Distribution Depot

August 21, 2019

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd has set its sights on a brand new purpose-built warehouse in Bedford as part of ambitious growth plans.

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Blakemore Retail Launches New SPAR at Burntwood

August 05, 2019

Blakemore Retail opens a brand new SPAR convenience store in Burntwood, Staffordshire

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A.F. Blakemore Appoints New Head of Marketing

July 31, 2019

A.F. Blakemore appoints Kev Jones to the position of Head of Marketing for the group of companies

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Raise Record-breaking Total for NSPCC

July 31, 2019

Blakemore Retail colleagues celebrate a record-breaking year of fundraising after generating more than £450,000 for the NSPCC

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Blakemore Fine Foods Launches New Eco Range

July 30, 2019

Blakemore Fine Foods launches a new eco range, giving its business customers the opportunity to feature eco-friendly products in their stores

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Extra Discounts Now Available on Staff Benefits Scheme

July 29, 2019

A.F. Blakemore’s benefits and saving scheme increases digital gift card discounts at leading national brands

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes SPAR Future Leaders from Around the World

July 26, 2019

A.F. Blakemore welcomes 40 aspiring leaders from 16 countries to South Wales on 2019’s SPAR International Future Leaders Programme

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Blakemore Foodservice Cooks Up Storm at Catering Exhibition

July 26, 2019

Colleagues from Blakemore Foodservice and the Country Range Group serve up culinary delights at the Lead Association for CAtering in Education’s (LACA) Main Event

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