Jerry Marwood AF Blakemore Group CEO

The Blakemore Trade Partners (BTP) conference and tradeshow took place at Telford International Centre on 16 June and attracted over 1,000 suppliers and retailers from across Spar UK’s Meridian and Welsh Guild.

New this year, BTP commercial director Louis Drake announced a Stock and Sell scheme to help retailers increase sales and profit. By signing up and implementing a core range of products, Blakemore retailers can receive free stock to the retail value of £10,000 per store, collectively benefiting from a profit injection of more than £2.8 million this financial year.

Delegates also heard about the opportunities in home delivery, and Spar operators Dean Holborn and Elfed Roberts spoke about the business benefits of retailers getting involved in their local communities.

Spar UK managing director Louise Hoste talked about the Spar’s Community Cashback Scheme, which has awarded £100,000 to local good causes this year.

Meanwhile, Spar retailer Tristan King explained how he has developed his own food-to-go brand, Kings Kitchen, with support from the Blakemore team.

Spar retailer Tristan King

Addressing his fellow retailers, King said: “Always look ahead positively; there is always opportunity. In BTP we all work with a partner that is prepared to support us with their expertise, manpower and investment.

“So, make sure you are fully engaged and use all the help, advice, and investment that is available to help you make the most of your opportunity.”

Spar has more than 13,600 stores in 48 countries, with global retail sales growing 3.3% to €41.2 billion in 2021.

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