Blakemore Trade Partners has invested £1.3m in wholesale price reductions for retailers as part of a re-launch of its Retail Partners Scheme.

The price of a number of key top up essentials has been lowered as part of the scheme, which offers independent retailers lower wholesale prices on more than 180 key products, and the opportunity to earn an overrider of up to 2% of wholesale spend (excluding cigarettes and tobacco).

Blakemore Trade Partners sales director Neil Mercer said: “We have re-launched our Retail Partners Scheme with a new focus on top-up shopping.

“We looked at the key categories purchased by top-up shoppers and aligned our programme, investing in the wholesale price on a key range of known-value top-up essential items.

“With a £1.3m investment in the scheme for 2016/17 Blakemore Trade Partners is committed to helping retailers maximise their sales and profitability.”

The Retail Partners Scheme also offers retailers category advice and range implementation support, with planogrammed ranges and promotional activity. 

Mercer added: “We are working more closely with our retailers than ever before to support them with range implementation and have introduced significant new measures to improve our reporting on product data and compliance.

“This will significantly improve our insight and ability to deliver on supplier arrangements as well as the core values that Spar stands for.”

Blakemore Trade Partners has carried out an audit of every store on the scheme to produce tailored planograms for each site.

Retailers will be advised on the core range items and promotions that will help them achieve the best returns for their businesses.

Currently 430 stores across the Blakemore Trade Partners independent Spar estate are members of the Retail Partners Scheme.