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Why Blakemore?

Why A.F. Blakemore?  


We're going for growth

A.F. Blakemore has a strategy to grow business across its divisions. Since 2007, the company has increased its turnover from £643m to circa £1.3bn.

A.F. Blakemore is one of Britain's top 100 privately owned companies according to sales.


Convenience is a great place to do business

Smaller household sizes, longer working hours and reducing food waste are all playing to the strengths of convenience stores.

The UK convenience market is set to be worth £48.2bn by 2024, according to a forecast from the IGD.


A.F. Blakemore are the convenience experts

As an operator of 260+ SPAR stores and supplier to 900+, A.F. Blakemore is the largest member of SPAR UK.

We know the convenience market and our customers better than anyone and we’re always ahead of the curve. Through innovation, store development and new product launches, we help our partners create a great offer and grow sales. 

We’ve got diversity and scale

A.F. Blakemore’s expertise doesn’t stop at convenience retail. We have divisions spanning retail, wholesale distribution, food service and shop fitting.

Our cross-divisional, multiple-sector approach will give your products access to a wide and diverse customer base.

100 years of heritage

We’ve been around for 100 years and will be for 100 more.

Founded in 1917, A.F. Blakemore is a family-owned business committed to growing in ways that are profitable and sustainable for the benefit of its staff, customers and the community.

Check out Our Heritage to find out more about our journey from past to present.


We're easy to do business with

Large enough to make it happen but small enough to care, A.F. Blakemore is committed to developing flexible, bespoke solutions for its trade partners.

Our aim is to work collaboratively with our suppliers to develop new strategic partnerships that deliver mutual and sustainable success. What matters to you matters to us.  


It isn't just us...others think we are great at what we do

A.F. Blakemore and its trade partners have achieved nationwide recognition at leading industry awards. In addition the company has achieved a long list of accreditations in recognition of its commitment to quality and standards, corporate and social responsibility and investment in employees.      


We've got a great track record of delivering when it really counts

A.F. Blakemore has a great track record of working with high-profile customers and market-leading brands. 

These include SPAR, the Post Office, Subway, Marston’s, BP, Bourne Leisure and local government to name but a few. 


We've got great reach

With a nationwide distribution network, the A.F. Blakemore Group services delivery points across the UK.

The business supplies more than two million consumers. 

Great availability in outlet

A.F. Blakemore gets product into great outlets across the UK, ranging from small independent retailers to national retailers, pub chains and hospitality and leisure businesses.

As a convenience retail operator we understand the importance of great product availability, and by driving sales and exposure of your products we will work together to grow your business.  

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Blakemore Heritage

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