This business started in 1917 when Arthur Blakemore opened a small shop in Wolverhampton. Peter Blakemore, 71, his grandson, is now managing director of the group, which supplies groceries to nearly 1,000 Spar stores across England and Wales, 295 of which it owns. It has also been busy acquiring rival wholesale businesses, including Lowries Wholesale in 2013 and BA Cash & Carry last year.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank43
CompanyAF Blakemore & Son
ActivityFood distributor
LocationWest Midlands
Sales £m1,192
Profit £m20
Year endApr 14
Principal shareholdersBlakemore family (100%)
Staff7,823
Founded1917
Websitewww.afblakemore.com

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