Nick Crofts, President of our National Members’ Council, was recently shortlisted in the British LGBT Awards 2017 as a Top 10 LGBT+ Inspirational Leader. The awards celebrate community activists, public figures and straight allies who work to advance the rights of LGBT communities. Alex Wainwright, a member of our Respect LGBT+ Network explains what this means to LGBT colleagues […]

Some of you might know me as one of the Co-op’s Member Nominated Directors (MNDs) elected at our AGM in 2015. What you might not know is that in my previous life I was Chief Executive of Traidcraft, and President of the European Fair Trade Association. Traidcraft is one of the original pioneers of Fairtrade […]

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 […]

Fifteen years ago the English wine industry was very much in its youth, commercially speaking, and back then the Co-op was one of the few retailers getting behind English wines – in those days there really wasn’t much interest and the quality was indifferent at best. In the last few years English wines have been […]

Allow me to introduce you to two breweries, Wooden Hand and Skinner’s. Both local to Truro and both now stocked in over 40 Co-ops throughout Cornwall as part of our commitment to double the number of local suppliers we stock. Between them, these two local breweries will now supply over 70,000 pints a year to Co-op members 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 […]

We’re Kernow Chocolate, a chocolate manufacturer near Padstow now stocked in 40 Co-op stores across Cornwall. Co-op’s supporting local suppliers with their Small Business Charter, and we’re one of them. We’re family-run and make all of our small batch chocolate in St. Eval by hand. It all started in 2005 when we set about making a range of products to sell in […]