The outstanding service provided by Ross Blackburn has earned him the Members’ Choice Award in our 2019 #BeingCoop Awards.

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Back in May, Nick Hutchinson was a manager working in our Marple food store in Stockport. Now he’s one of the 40 hosts travelling hundreds of miles a week to lead our Back to Being Co-op sessions, reminding colleagues of the Co-op’s rich history, how we’re different from other businesses, and preparing us for the […]

Since we told you we’re going back to being Co-op you’ve been sharing your Co-op memories with us right across social media. From snaps of great grandparents’ dividend cards, Co-op pamphlets found during a clear out and even a full box of matchsticks from the late 60’s. Look what we’ve just found! @TheCooperative #vintage #interestingfinds #Truro #Cornwall #Uneeka — Uneeka (@TheUneekaLife) June […]

John Dixon - Actor and Co-op Colleague

  Oscar-tipped actor Eddie Redmayne shops at the Co-op. The evidence was all over social media recently. But would you be surprised to learn that one of our colleagues is also a screen and stage success? Can Eddie Redmayne say he was the lead in three plays at the Théâtre De La Main D’Or in […]


We recently blogged about how the British public have taken to the streets to gift full shopping bags to neighbours in their community, inspired – in part – by The Co-operative Food’s Christmas TV advert. Well, it’s not just you lot that were inspired, Co-op colleagues across the nation are also playing the part of Christmas […]

It appears as though the Co-op Food Christmas advert has really struck a chord with members of the public this year. Our advert and the viral #DoorStepChallenge have inspired people to carry out their own acts of kindness. We’ve heard fantastic stories from members of the public who have dropped off a bag of shopping at […]

Cockermouth Co-op store flooded

Richard Pennycook our Group Chief Executive writes this piece in recognition of colleagues who went the extra mile for their communities during Storm Desmond. “Just six years ago I was talking to my parents who were in their upstairs room, whilst down below was a large lake. Cockermouth, their home town, was completely inundated and everyone […]

Co-op Community Champion arranges Welsh tasting day

In line with our purpose, “a better way of doing business for you and your community” our colleagues are working to make good things happen in their communities. Community Champion Lucy Jones, who works for Co-op Food in Builth Wells (South Wales), tells us her story… By now we’re nearly five months in to the champion […]

Saughall Scout Hut gets donations from the local Co-op

A Scout Hut devastated by fire earlier in 2015 has recieved a support from the local Co-op. The newly-opened Saughall Scout Hut was given a “grand” donation from The Co-op as volunteers continue their work to refurbish the popular community facility. The £1,000 donation was presented to the Scout Hut Committee by Francis Asgill, Manager of […]

Insurance Colleague Halyma

Halyma Begum is one of the shining stars in our Insurance business. In her 27 years she’s achieved more than most do in a lifetime. As she adds another award to her CV, we talk to her about competition, charity and innovation. Sitting in a classroom in Hyde Technology School a 14-year-old Halyma Begum distinctly […]