Blakemore Trade Partners launches new retailer induction programme

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Retailers representing SPAR at YMCA Hanley in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, take a tour of one of A.F. Blakemore’s warehouses at the Longacres Industrial Estate in Willenhall, West Midlands

Retailers representing Spar at YMCA Hanley in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, take a tour of one of AF Blakemore’s warehouses at the Longacres Industrial Estate in Willenhall, West Midlands

Blakemore Trade Partners has launched a brand new retailer induction to welcome new retailers to Spar.

The two-day induction programme, based at AF Blakemore’s main site in Willenhall, aims to provide new joiners with an overview of the key retailer support services offered by the business and assist with their transition to Spar.

Blakemore Trade Partners managing director, Jerry Marwood, said: “Blakemore Trade Partners is committed to working in partnership with retailers to help them develop successful businesses, and we want to demonstrate this partnership, face to face, from day one.

“One of the key benefits for retailers who choose Blakemore Trade Partners is the breadth of services provided by the wider AF Blakemore group, so the induction provides new joiners with a great opportunity to meet key people from across the whole company.

“To make sure that the new programme offers retailers real practical advice and ideas that they can take back to their businesses, we have designed it in conjunction with AF Blakemore’s Guild Board of Spar retailers.”

The first day of the induction provides new Spar joiners with an opportunity to build relationships with other retailers and to meet an AF Blakemore director at a welcome dinner.

The second day then consists of a programme that covers key retailer support services, including accounts, payroll, IT and staff training from AF Blakemore’s Spar-dedicated Guild Academy, as well as an overview of the company and its heritage and values.

Retailers are also offered tours of AF Blakemore’s ambient and chilled warehouses as well as the company’s recycling and transport operations before the induction concludes with an interactive question and answer session.