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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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Sign Up Now: AFB Pension Scheme Webinars Return

January 07, 2021

A.F. Blakemore will be running three webinars with Aviva in January to introduce the company’s new pensions website to colleagues

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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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Christmas Tree Competition Winners Announced

December 23, 2020

A.F. Blakemore announces the winners of its Christmas tree competition

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And the Winners of AFB’s Children’s Christmas Card Competition Are…

December 23, 2020

A.F. Blakemore announces the winners of its children’s Christmas card competition

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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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Christmas Competitions: Your Chance to Win

December 10, 2020

This Christmas we’re offering AFB colleagues the chance to win some fantastic prizes in two competitions

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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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Last Chance to Sign Up to AFB Pension Scheme Webinar

October 01, 2020

​If you want to know more about the proposed changes to A.F. Blakemore’s pension scheme, it’s not too late to sign up to one of the company’s pension scheme webinars next week

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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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SPAR Brand Sees Huge Opportunity in Food to Go

September 18, 2020

SPAR is launching seven new own-label food-to-go products in order to drive sales and help fulfil the food-to-go shopping mission

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All About Vegan Store: Q&A with Lisa Ruskin

September 17, 2020

A.F. Blakemore catches up with Vegan Store founder Lisa Ruskin to find out more about the business she created

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SPAR Retailers Shortlisted for Convenience and Retail Industry Awards

September 17, 2020

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild have received notable recognition on this year’s Convenience Awards and Retail Industry Awards shortlists

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Blakemore Retail Buy One, Get One for a Penny Campaign Now Live

September 17, 2020

​Blakemore Retail’s ‘Buy One, Get One for a Penny’ campaign is now live across its SPAR estate

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Blakemore Retail PANTS Day Raises £31,453

September 11, 2020

Blakemore Retail PANTS Weekend raises an incredible £31,453

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Covid-19 Situational Guidance for Colleagues

September 10, 2020

A.F. Blakemore has issued new Covid-19 situational guidance for employees

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County Bridge Fresh Meat Trial Delivers Promising Early Results

September 10, 2020

A.F. Blakemore’s expansion of its own-label County Bridge retail fresh meat offering is delivering some fantastic initial sales results

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Blakemore Retail Recognises Top Fundraising Stores

September 08, 2020

Blakemore Retail recognises its top fundraising stores after raising more than £252,000 for the NSPCC during its last fundraising year

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Last Chance to Sign Up for AFB Mentoring Programme

September 03, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is offering colleagues a final chance to sign up to its mentoring programme before it launches later this month

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Blakemore Retail to Launch Buy One, Get One for a Penny Campaign

September 01, 2020

Blakemore Retail is set to launch a ‘Buy One, Get One for a Penny’ campaign next month

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HR Self-service System Update

August 28, 2020

82% of AFB colleagues have now registered and confirmed their personal e-mail address with the business in order to access the ‘MyHR’ self-service Payroll/HR system

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Do You Know Anyone Who Deserves to Be Recognised?

August 28, 2020

Do you know anyone in your team who deserves to be recognised with an award?

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Blakemore Retail Enjoys Strong Summer Sales

August 27, 2020

Blakemore Retail has enjoyed strong trade this summer, with sales over the last six weeks up 12.54% like for like on last year

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Blakemore Retail Launches New Flagship Store in North Wales

August 24, 2020

Blakemore Retail launches a brand-new flagship SPAR store in Bodelwyddan, North Wales

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Blakemore Retail Gets Set for Big Bank Holiday Fundraiser

August 20, 2020

Blakemore Retail SPAR stores across England and Wales will be embarking on one of their biggest bank holiday fundraising drives for the NSPCC next weekend

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SPAR Continues its Support of British Athletics

August 14, 2020

SPAR, the UK’s leading independent convenience group and partner of British Athletics, continues with its support of the British Athletics Championships

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Blakemore Retail Extends Too Good to Go Trial

August 13, 2020

Blakemore Retail extends its trial of the Too Good to Go food waste fighting app, with 57 SPAR stores now registered on the platform

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SPAR Remains Committed to Helping Vulnerable People

August 13, 2020

SPAR continues its commitment to multiple charities around the UK to ensure that everyone has access to essentials and the ability to shop in a safe environment

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A.F. Blakemore Expands Operations with Acquisition of Online Vegan Store

August 13, 2020

A.F. Blakemore announces the purchase of the online wholesaler and retailer Vegan Store

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Eat Out to Help Out Scheme Boosts Foodservice Sales

August 12, 2020

Blakemore Foodservice experiences a boost to sales thanks to the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme

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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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