A.F. Blakemore’s Peter Blakemore presented the Adriaan van Well Medal for his outstanding contribution to SPAR International

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Peter Blakemore, Managing Director of A.F. Blakemore and Son Ltd, has been presented the Adriaan van Well Medal for his outstanding contribution to SPAR International, the world’s largest food retail voluntary chain.

A.F. Blakemore and Son was founded in 1917 when Arthur and Harriet Blakemore opened a counter-service grocery store in Wolverhampton.  Peter joined the family business in 1965 and is the third generation of the Blakemore family to lead the company. During his tenure, the organisation has enjoyed a prolonged period of expansion and growth, so that it is now the 39th largest privately owned business in the UK.

Today, the 100-year-old company consists of nine trading divisions spanning across the retail, wholesale, food service, logistics and shop fitting sectors. It employs more than 8,100 people and owns and operates 300 SPAR convenience stores. In addition, A.F Blakemore runs 14 cash and carry depots, with six major distribution centres located across the Midlands, South Wales, East Sussex and Yorkshire.

Throughout his career, Peter has promoted the independent sector of the wholesale and retail food industry, supporting independent small business community stores throughout the country. The company works with almost 800 independently owned SPAR stores, many of which are owned and operated by family businesses themselves.

Peter Blakemore has played an integral part in the growth of SPAR UK and the rise of the convenience retail sector, serving as a director on the SPAR UK Board for more than 40 years with 20 years as the Chairman of the Board. In addition, he has served as a member of the Board of SPAR International for 12 years.

Adriaan van Well was an innovative Dutch wholesaler who founded SPAR in the Netherlands in 1932. Van Well had a clear vision and was inspired by a simple philosophy – independent wholesalers and retailers can achieve more by working together.

Speaking about award, Managing Director of SPAR International Tobias Wasmuht said: “The van Well Medal is the highest honour within the worldwide SPAR organization. “In over 85 years of SPAR’s proud history, the van Well medal has been awarded only 23 times in recognition of individuals whose contribution to the SPAR has been exemplary and personify the SPAR values and ideals that all shall benefit from mutual co-operation as set out by our founder and the first person to be recognized by the van Well medal, Mr. Adriaan van Well himself. Peter has contributed greatly to SPAR in the UK and Internationally. His extraordinary energy and enthusiasm and commitment to his colleagues, his customers, his community and SPAR International exemplifies this principle.”

Peter Blakemore steps down from the Board of SPAR International. His position will be taken by Dominic Hall, Deputy Managing Director James Hall & Co. Ltd and Chairman of the National Guild of SPAR. The appointment was made at the Shareholders Meeting in Gran Canaria on 17th May.


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Source: Spar International

The first SPAR China Congress kicked off in Weihai

Weihai,China, 2016-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first SPAR China Congress kicks off today (Tuesday 18 October) in Weihai, a beautiful coastal city on the tip of the Shangdong Peninsula. SPAR International Board members, SPAR colleagues from across China, as well as guest speakers and strategic partners have been invited to join the Congress, the most significant event for SPAR China Managing Director, Yoep Man, since taking office in January.

The three-day long Congress is a distinguished gathering of retail experts and senior management from China and abroad. SPAR China Partners will have an opportunity to share best practice from each other and the international SPAR Partners. Also in attendance are Graham O’Connor, Chairman of SPAR International & SPAR South Africa; Peter Blakemore, Chairman of A F Blakemore UK, Tobias Wasmuht, Managing Director of SPAR International, Paul Klotz, Chairman of SPAR Italy and Knut Johansson, Chairman of SPAR Norway. Over 200 delegates representing more than ten nationalities are gathered in this city.

Delegates will visit a number of SPAR stores and the food production centre in Weihai, a great opportunity to see the rapid expansion of formats and instore product offer which is inherent to the market. Since entering China in 2004, SPAR has adhered to the brand philosophy of freshness, choice, value and service, focusing on the development of the SPAR Hypermarket, SPAR Supermarket, SPAR Neighborhood and SPAR Express formats. Great support has been received from many of the SPAR Partners around the world during the development of the strong SPAR operation which has continued to show excellent results year-on-year and is ranked fifth amongst global SPAR Partners in turnover terms (2015 results €1.9 billion). Investment continues in not only retail with today 360 stores trading but also supply chain expansion across all of the regions in which SPAR trades.

“We seek to grow and expand in unity with all our SPAR Partners by sharing our resources and knowledge, ‘Better Together’, just like the theme of the SPAR China Congress. The success of the Congress will help drive the booming growth of our partners and the China retail market,” said Yoep Man.

A SPAR International Board meeting is also taking place this week in Weihai, enabling the Board of Directors to meet with the Partners from SPAR China and see the development of the brand in this high potential market first-hand.

SPAR now has a presence in the provinces of Shandong, Guangdong, Shanxi & Inner Mongolia, Beijing (city), Sichuan, Henan and Hebei. The central office is located in Shanghai.


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Source: Spar International