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    Spar UK and Oakland shortlisted for IGD’s Supply Chain Excellence Award


    Spar UK and Oakland International have announced that the Spar UK National Consolidation Scheme, a partnership between the two companies, has been selected as a finalist in the Ian MacLaurin Award for Supply Chain Excellence Award, as part of the 2012 IGD food industry awards. The Spar UK and Oakland ...

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    Spar move pays off for forecourt store


    A New Forest forecourt store has seen a 17% uplift in sales in the first few weeks of trading after transferring its business to Spar. Sean Denman, who owns Hordle Garage near New Milton, chose Spar when he decided to modernise his forecourt store to create a better convenience offer ...

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    New service station and Spar store opens in Northumbria


    A new service station and Spar store Alnwick,Northumbria has opened in collaboration with Northumbrian Fuel Services Ltd. The store has been fitted out to the highest standards, according to Paul Abbott, a director of Northumbrian Fuel, who described it as “the best in the industry". The store will ...

  • Spar Austria and Shell to boost stores by 2012

    Spar Austria and Shell to boost stores by 2012


    Spar and Shell Austria GmbH have struck a deal to boost forecourt stores in the country by another 50 by 2013. This year, around 30 Spar Express forecourt stores will be opened, the first in Vienna, where Spar is looking to expand its market share. The contract follows ...

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    Summer sparkle


    Saxon has added Sonax Clear View screen wash and Trim Cleaner to its range. Rrps are £8.19 and £5.99 respectively. Sonax is also sponsoring the Red Bull racing team.

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    Price transparency will help stop motorists "being taken for fuels" says AA


    The AA claims the Government’s announcement calling on the industry to implement petrol and diesel price transparency will help to stop its 15 million members and other motorists ‘being taken for fuels’. The Transport Secretary has called on fuel retailers to set up a transparency register and code of practice ...

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    Multi-format strategy leads to global sales uplift for Spar


    SPAR’s worldwide retail sales grew by €1.36 billion in 2011, leading to overall sales of €31.1 billion and a cumulative three year retail sales increase of 16%, Dr Gordon Campbell, managing director of SPAR International announced at its annual congress. He said the SPAR multi-format retail strategy had played a ...

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    Spar epos upgrade


    Retail solutions provider Business Computer Projects (BCP) has rolled out an upgraded version of the SparPoS point-of-sale software solution to Spar-branded stores. The move was prompted by Spar’s desire to facilitate the uptake of contactless payment and to ensure that customer credit and debit card information would be handled more ...

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    Budget range bolsters January sales for Spar Pentwyn forecourt


    Spar’s Pentwyn forecourt store has successfully bucked the trend during the traditional January slump by replacing its festive display with a full S-Budget range, according to store manager Christine Lewis. The 24-hour Spar store and service station in Cardiff took the initiative to create a full display of the fantastic ...

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    Spar launches convenience retail apprenticeship scheme


    Spar wholesaler Blakemore Trade Partners retail training centre, The Guild Academy, has launched a new apprenticeship scheme designed specifically for the convenience retail market. The Spar wholesaler’s training academy linked up with Retail Skill Smart in summer 2010 to develop the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Retail Management. ...

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    Marwood to make a return to Spar brand


    Former managing director of Spar UK, Jerry Marwood, is returning to the symbol group as managing director of Spar wholesaler Blakemore Trade Partners. Marwood, who was managing director of Spar UK until September this year, will succeed Dennis Evans, who retires in December. Marwood will take up the reins ...

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    New Spar forecourt combines state-of-the-art services with family tradition


    A Lincolnshire Spar retailer is already seeing sales at his new forecourt store rocket, thanks to its combination of cutting-edge services and a focus on family history and the local community. Phil Hickson opened a 2,500sq ft forecourt store and supermarket site in Birchwood on August 29, adding to ...

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    Spar appoints Henderson MD as chairman of SFD


    Spar UK has announced that Martin Agnew, joint managing director of the Henderson Group, will take over as chairman of the Spar Food Distributors (SFD) Board this month. He takes over the mantle from AF Blakemore managing director Peter Blakemore, who has held the position since 1991. Blakemore will continue ...

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    Spar and Red Bull take over streets and skies of Cardiff


    Spar is gearing up to support world-reigning motorsport champions and their vehicles as they take over Cardiff for Red Bull’s Speed Jam event. The motorsports spectacular, taking place for three hours on September 3, will see Spar’s logo emblazoned across the Red Bull Formula One car, as spectators have the ...

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    Grant for electric cars fails to spark interest


    Just 215 electric cars were bought under a Government scheme to encourage the take-up of green vehicles in its second three months of operation, according to a new report by the RAC Foundation. The figure compares to 465 in the first three months. Under the Plug-In Car Grant ...

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    Spar pledges bigger bonus


    Spar wholesaler James Hall is relaunching its Harvest Scheme, an initiative set up in 2006 to reward retailer loyalty and encourage investment in stores. The company has pledged to double the amounts retailers have earned on the scheme, using its own money. The wholesaler is also keen to help grow ...

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    Blakemore Spar pledges £3m investment


    Spar wholesaler AF Blakemore has pledged to invest £3m to bring independent retailers savings worth an average of £7,500 per store. Spar retailers supplied by Blakemore and Capper, which merged in March, will have the option to sign up to the Terms Package and benefit from reduced prices on more ...

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    Spar site trials new eco remediation method


    Geo2 has completed a forecourt remediation project using a groundbreaking new sustainable method for treating groundwater without added chemicals or solid waste for disposal. The project, managed by Spar distributor James Hall Co, involved treating groundwater contaminated with hydrocarbons at Strand petrol filling station in Barnoldswick in Lancashire, ...

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    Spar forecourt trials eco remediation method


    Geo2 has completed a forecourt remediation project using a groundbreaking new sustainable method for treating groundwater without added chemicals or solid waste for disposal. The project, managed by Spar distributor James Hall Co, involved treating groundwater contaminated with hydrocarbons at Strand petrol filling station in Barnoldswick in Lancashire, ...

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    Ribena gets sales sparkling


    Ribena is injecting sparkle into the soft drinks category with the launch of new Ribena Sparkling. The lightly sparkling fruit drink is available in a 500ml bottle format in two flavours: blackcurrant and raspberry. Brand owner Glaxo-SmithKline says Ribena Sparkling is a refreshing drink which is perfect ...