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SPAR Retail Show Looks Ahead to New Opportunities

November 04, 2020

Blakemore Trade Partners’ SPAR Retail Show explores the new opportunities presented to SPAR retailers this year and how they can continue to react to the needs of local communities and customers

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Buy One, Get One for a Penny Campaign Drives Store Footfall

October 20, 2020

Stores across the retail estate offered customers the chance to purchase a SPAR brand product and get another one for a penny

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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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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 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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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 PANTS Day Raises £31,453

September 11, 2020

Blakemore Retail PANTS Weekend raises an incredible £31,453

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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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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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A.F. Blakemore Acquires Online Vegan Store​

August 13, 2020

A.F. Blakemore has purchased online wholesaler and retailer Vegan Store

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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A.F. Blakemore Trials Food Waste Fighting App

January 24, 2020

A.F. Blakemore is 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Retail Industry Awards 2019 Shortlist Announced

July 15, 2019

Three independent SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild have made the Retail Industry Awards shortlist

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A.F. Blakemore Crowned National Winner at Business in the Community Awards

July 10, 2019

A.F. Blakemore is celebrating after being crowned a national winner at the prestigious Responsible Business Awards 2019, run by Business in the Community

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Peter Blakemore Outlines Vision for One Company with One Goal

July 04, 2019

Peter Blakemore reinforces his vision of one company with one goal for A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd at the company’s 2019 Management Communication Day

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Blakemore Foodservice Joins Country Range Group

June 14, 2019

Blakemore Foodservice joins the Country Range Group network of independent wholesalers

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A.F. Blakemore Flagship Store Programme Wins Grocer Gold

June 12, 2019

A.F. Blakemore’s Flagship Store Programme has been crowned Business Initiative of the Year at the Grocer Gold Awards

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Blakemore Logistics Invests in Hybrid Refrigeration

June 10, 2019

Blakemore Logistics introduces hybrid refrigeration units to 13 of its trailers to significantly reduce its vehicle emissions

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Blakemore Retail Achieves Investors in People Gold Accreditation

June 06, 2019

Blakemore Retail’s commitment to developing colleagues is recognised with the highly prestigious Investors in People Gold accolade

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SPAR UK Appoints Louise Hoste as New Managing Director

May 16, 2019

SPAR UK Ltd announces the appointment of Louise Hoste as its new Managing Director

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Blakemore Logistics Purchases New Econic Vehicles

May 07, 2019

Blakemore Logistics has demonstrated its commitment to road safety with the purchase of two Mercedes-Benz Econic vehicles

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Flagship Store Programme Shortlisted for Grocer Gold Award

May 01, 2019

A.F. Blakemore’s Flagship Store Programme is shortlisted for Business Initiative of the Year at the Grocer Gold Awards

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A.F. Blakemore Announced as Finalist for Responsible Business Awards

April 29, 2019

A.F. Blakemore is named as a finalist for Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards 2019

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Caoire Blakemore Joins Black Country Women in Business Steering Group

April 17, 2019

A.F. Blakemore Group Board Director Caoire Blakemore has joined the steering group of the Black Country Women in Business forum

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Blakemore Retail Ball Fundraises £32,000 for NSPCC

April 16, 2019

Blakemore Retail raises £32,000 for the NSPCC at its third Charity Ball

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Blakemore Foodservice Strengthens Ties with Suppliers

April 16, 2019

Blakemore Foodservice has called upon its supplier base to work more collaboratively with the business as it seeks to maximise exciting new opportunities across the sector

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Ranald Forbes Announced as Supply Chain Director

April 03, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has announced the appointment of a new Supply Chain Director for its group of companies

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Nikki Rogers Appointed Food Solutions Director

April 03, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has announced the appointment of a new Food Solutions Director for its group of companies

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Double Success at Convenience Retail Awards

April 01, 2019

Eat 17 SPAR Hammersmith scoops Best New Store and Blakemore Retail’s Lyndsay Howden-Smith walks away with the Community Hero award

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A.F. Blakemore Launches Education Programme for Secondary Schools

February 27, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has launched a brand new education programme for secondary school children to help them develop the attitudes and behaviours for success

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A.F. Blakemore Acquires Philpotts Store Chain

February 27, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has acquired the Philpotts chain of prepared-food stores, adding an additional 22 stores to the company’s retail estate

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New Community Engagement Report Published

February 27, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has produced a publication showcasing the great work that took place as part of the company’s community engagement programme during 2018

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2016 Apprentice Winner Launches Cake Range at SPAR Pwllheli

February 26, 2019

The winner of 2016’s The Apprentice launches a delicious cake range at independent retailer Conrad Davies’ SPAR Pwllheli

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues in a Spin to Raise Over £1,500 for NSPCC

February 15, 2019

Blakemore Retail colleagues take on the gruelling challenge of a spinathon to raise more than £1,500 for the NSPCC

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A.F. Blakemore Centenary Publication Now Out

January 29, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has published a 100th anniversary commemorative publication showcasing the company’s history through photos, memories and newspaper cuttings

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SPAR UK Raises £1 Million for Marie Curie

January 29, 2019

SPAR UK’s fundraising efforts for terminal illness charity Marie Curie pass the £1 million mark

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues’ Daring Deeds Raise Over £200k for NSPCC

January 28, 2019

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail SPAR stores went above and beyond during the latter half of 2018 to raise more than £200k for the children’s charity

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SPAR Brayford Wharf Relaunches with New Food-to-go Range

January 23, 2019

SPAR Brayford Wharf has undergone a significant transformation to introduce Blakemore Retail’s latest food-to-go offer

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SPAR Wrexham Relaunches with New Juice Bar

January 22, 2019

Blakemore Retail’s Wrexham SPAR store has re-launched with a new juice bar and upgraded Costa Coffee machine

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Eat 17 Shortlisted for Four Convenience Retail Awards

January 22, 2019

Fine food and restaurant chain Eat 17 has been shortlisted for four titles at the 2019 Convenience Retail Awards

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Coming Soon: New AFB Invoicing Portal

January 15, 2019

A.F. Blakemore partners with TrueCommerce to deliver a bespoke supplier invoicing portal

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Blakemore Retail Praised for Disability Awareness Training

December 04, 2018

Blakemore Retail is recognised with an award for its innovative disability e-learning training by the charity Purple

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SPAR Droitwich Relaunched at Brand New Site

December 03, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Droitwich SPAR store relaunches with new Daily Deli food to go at a brand new location

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Blakemore Logistics Delivers Road Safety Message to Schools

November 28, 2018

More than 800 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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SPAR Greater Leys Relaunches with New Greggs Department

November 23, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Greater Leys SPAR store in Oxford reveals a new look after a considerable transformation

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Drivers Celebrate Warehouse to Wheels Success

October 29, 2018

A.F. Blakemore employees celebrate successfully qualifying as LGV drivers on the company’s Warehouse to Wheels programme

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White’s Calver Crowned Baldwin Trophy Winners at SRS 2018

October 08, 2018

White’s Calver is crowned the best SPAR retailer across the Meridian & Welsh Guild

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SPAR Crowned Symbol Group of the Year at Retail Industry Awards

October 02, 2018

SPAR is crowned Symbol/Fascia Group of the Year at the 2018 Retail Industry Awards

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SPAR Retail Show Inspires with Food for Thought

September 06, 2018

More than 1,200 colleagues, suppliers and retailers attend Blakemore Trade Partners’ SPAR Retail Show, themed ‘Food for Thought’

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Blakemore Retail Raises Child Safety Awareness and a Roarsome £52,000 for the NSPCC

September 04, 2018

Blakemore Retail SPAR stores across England and Wales have been on a bank holiday fundraising drive for the NSPCC while at the same time raising awareness about how parents can keep their children safe from sexual abuse

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New Eat 17 Hammersmith Store Reinvents the Market Hall

August 14, 2018

Multi-award-winning fine food store and restaurant chain Eat 17 opens a new store in Hammersmith, complete with an indoor street food market and yoga classes

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Blakemore SPARs Shortlisted for Forecourt Trader Awards

August 13, 2018

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild have once again received notable recognition on this year’s Forecourt Trader Awards shortlist

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Blakemore Foodservice Inspires at LACA’s Main Event

July 25, 2018

Blakemore Foodservice teams up with supplier Pan’Artisan for the LACA’s education catering exhibition

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Honoured for NSPCC Fundraising

July 23, 2018

Blakemore Retail employees are honoured for going the extra mile to help raise more than £3 million for the NSPCC

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Blakemore Foodservice Crowned Favourite Delivered Wholesaler at HIM Wholesale Awards

July 03, 2018

Blakemore Foodservice scoops the title of Independent Foodservice Operator’s Favourite Delivered Wholesaler at the HIM Wholesale Awards

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