We know that many members share our passion for great wine, and are signed up to all manner of online groups, discussion boards and shops celebrating all things vino. Towards the end of last year we asked members to tell us all about the value they get from being part of these wine clubs and […]

Recently I caught up with our Member Nominated Director (MND) Hazel Blears. Hazel was voted in at our AGM in 2015 and has been busy making her mark since then. Here’s what she had to say: What’s your background? I was born and brought up in Salford. I had great parents who always encouraged me […]

It’s not every day that you can pick up a bottle of beer to see your very own words staring right back at you from the label. But that’s now a very real possibility for three real ale-loving members, as the new beers they tasted and fed back on hit Co-op shelves this week. The […]

In December members Joined In to tell us how we can make our ethical and sustainability reporting more relevant to them. Over 60 members rose to the challenge and provided us with some great insights, which we’ve taken away and are working through as we plan our future reporting. This is a great start, and […]

It’s an expensive business, not having enough money. Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of visiting Homes with Style, a social enterprise run by my friend and community entrepreneur Peter Mitchell. HWS is an interiors store based in Huyton in Knowsley, which offers a great range of quality furniture at affordable prices. Alongside this, it […]

Nick Crofts has been one of our elected members for eight years and is currently President of our National Members’ Council. The Council’s role is to hold the Group Board to account and act as the guardians of the Society’s constitution and the co-operative values and principles. The Council also makes sure that members’ voices […]

January has seen us kick off our Join us campaign with the fabulous set of films by award-winning director Shane Meadows.  The films showcase community groups being supported by the 1% earned through the use of our membership cards. I was privileged to be at the premiere of the films last week in Manchester which […]