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The Way We Do Business

The way A.F. Blakemore does business is defined by its Blakemore Way values, a series of statements that outline the longstanding values of the Blakemore family and those that will continue to drive the company's growth for the next century. 

Here is just a snapshot of the Blakemore Way in action: 

The way we do business with our suppliers


A.F. Blakemore is committed to working with suppliers to support mutual growth. We invite our suppliers to attend regular conferences and tradeshows to provide opportunities to keep up to date with our business and meet retailers face to face. 



The way we add value to our trade partners


This financial year Blakemore Trade Partners has set aside £2 million to co-invest in developing its retailers' businesses. Our retail partners are widely recognised as some of the best in their industry and regularly pick up Convenience Retail, Retail Industry and Forecourt Trader awards.   

The way we maximise staff potential

Maximise_staff_potential A.F. Blakemore has its own bespoke leadership development programme, Leading the Blakemore Way, and runs a wide range of career development and apprenticeship schemes.The company is also committed to helping its trade partners develop their businesses through their people. The Guild Academy provides free practical training solutions to SPAR stores across the Meridian & Welsh Guild. 


The way we make a significant contribution to the community

Blakemore_Retail_NSPCC_fundraising During 2019/20 A.F. Blakemore employees donated £404,697 to good causes via the Blakemore Foundation and 10,028 hours of work time to volunteering in local communities. Blakemore Retail has also raised more than £3.7 million for the NSPCC since its partnership with the organisation began in 2006.