Marie Curie Guild Wheel Walk

June 15, 2018

Employees of James Hall & Co. Ltd., G & E Murgatroyd, GAP Convenience Distribution, Clayton Park Bakery, Fazila Foods their friends and families along with SPAR Retailers from the Northern Guild joined together on Saturday 9th June 2018 to walk (& cycle) the 21 mile Guild Wheel in aid of SPAR’s charity partner Marie Curie. 40 walkers and 11 cyclists set off from James Hall just after 9am on Saturday morning. We are delighted by the number of people who took on the cha ... [Read More]

British Athletics Partner SPAR to Boost Community Sport With ‘The People’s Podium’

May 21, 2018

SPAR, the UK’s leading independent convenience group and partner of British Athletics, launched a new campaign designed to support community sport across the United Kingdom. ‘The People’s Podium’ will see SPAR celebrate a selection of incredible local community sport heroes and provide £18,000 of funding for their projects.

Members of the public can now nominate individuals that they think deserve recognition. To nominate someone supporting sport in the community for a place ... [Read More]

HIM Awards 2018

May 10, 2018

Wednesday 9th May was the 16th Annual HIM Awards (formally known as the CTP Awards), this is one of the most prestigious events in the convenience industry calendar and is the only awards with a judging panel of 20,000 shoppers and retailers across the UK.

The night was a great success for both James Hall & SPAR UK, with three awards won in total.

We are delighted to share with you that James Hall & Co. won the fantastic accolade of “The Shopper’s Favourite Fresh C ... [Read More]

SPAR-sponsored road cyclists join Tour de Yorkshire race!

May 4, 2018

SPAR UK is showing its commitment to promoting active lifestyles and healthy nutrition with its fantastic sports sponsorship in the UK and worldwide.

The latest in the symbol group’s exciting run of activity is SPAR International’s sponsorship of the UCI World Tour cycling team, Team Dimension Data.

The 2018 event is the premier men's elite road cycling tour, comprising 37 cycling events around the world.

This includes joining the upcoming four-day long Tour de Yor ... [Read More]

Next phase of SPAR’s on-trend wine revamp rolls out this spring

March 27, 2018

SPAR Brand is kicking off the second phase of its own brand wine range update, with two exciting new line-ups arriving this spring.

The ‘Exclusives’ range will join SPAR’s popular wine offering this month (March), and the ‘Regional Selection’ range will be unveiled in May.

The second phase of the roll-out follows the successful introduction of new wines in October 2017.

Altogether these lines form part of SPAR’s overall wine offering that targets specific c ... [Read More]

Lancashire Schools Swim to Success at Gala

March 26, 2018

Schools across Lancashire swam their way to success at this year’s SPAR Lancashire School Games Disability Swimming Gala.

Children from 14 schools represented their districts as they joined together at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre in Lancaster to compete at a county level.

Students from across Blackpool brought home a total of 45 medals, including 17 gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze. The haulage included first place in the key stage three boys 25m front crawl by Joel McIntosh from ... [Read More]

50th Independent CSR Store

March 20, 2018

We have reached a milestone of 50 independently-owned stores using Centralised Store Replenishment (CSR), taking the total number of stores – including Focus Partners and Company-Owned stores – over 200!

The CSR system uses each store’s sales and stock levels to generate an accurate forecast and a suggested order. CSR monitors and manages the overall stock holding to ensure that the minimum amount of stock is held, whilst maximising product availability.

Retailers have t ... [Read More]

James Hall kick-off SPAR Lancashire School Games

March 6, 2018

The countdown to the largest youth sporting event in the county has officially begun after pupils from across Lancashire celebrated the launch of this year’s SPAR Lancashire School Games at a fun-filled event.

Pupils from nine schools across the county gathered at Preston-based James Hall & Company Ltd in preparation for months of sporting competitions alongside the school games mascot, the Lancashire Lion, while pupils were also treated to an inspirational speech from Team GB r ... [Read More]

SPAR Announced as National Partner For IAAF World Indoor Championships

February 27, 2018

SPAR has been announced as a National Partner for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018. As part of the agreement SPAR will provide the workforce and volunteers with packed meals and will also supply SPAR own label wine at the hospitality events associated with the Championships.

SPAR joins Birmingham Airport as a National Partner for the Championships, which will be held at Arena Birmingham from the 1 to 4 March.  The Championships will be the biggest indoor sports eve ... [Read More]

Convenience Retail Awards 2018

January 31, 2018

We are delighted to see a number of our SPAR stores shortlisted for this year’s Convenience Retail Awards!

With the convenience retail sector thriving and the sector forecast to grow by 11.7% in the next five years, the Convenience Retail Awards are a unique opportunity to share the amazing work achieved by retailers who go the extra mile to help their local communities. They reward the outstanding effort, determination and suc ... [Read More]