National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. At the Co-op, we have supported apprenticeships since 2011, years before the Govenrnment’s levy was introduced. The professionalism and enthusiasm shown by all of the apprentices we have recruited […]

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 […]

In a first for UK retailers, from May 2017, all the cocoa we buy for our Co-op own brand products will be Fairtrade. It means that when you pick up a Co-op chocolate cake or a packet of biscuits you will know that the cocoa has been bought on Fairtrade terms. This is in addition to […]

They say the big moments in life can be filled with both sorrow and joy and that’s just how it felt yesterday afternoon. We announced that our Co-op Group CEO Richard Pennycook is to stand down and our current Co-op Food CEO Steve Murrells is to be his successor I’ve worked closely with both Richard and […]

Co-op recently announced they’re doubling the number of local food suppliers stocked in-store, through a new Small Business Charter. We’re one of their existing local food suppliers, a Mid Wales-based honey maker. Hilltop Honey was founded in 2011 at the family farm in Newtown. I’m a former rugby player with Newtown Rugby Club and used to work as a coal merchant and a builder. […]

Community is the vital lifeblood of the UK. Having neighbours that you can turn to, whether that’s to take in a parcel, borrow some milk or just for a chat, is so important. We all want to feel part of a community and know that someone is there to help a hand. As we begin […]

This week our Join Us campaign to attract one million new members to our Co-op in 2017 moves up a gear. We’re releasing a powerful and inspiring short film from acclaimed British Director Shane Meadows, in cinemas and on social media. It highlights the depth of the relationship we’re building with local communities. Over the […]