Today, the International Day of Co-operatives marks the end of Co-operatives Fortnight 2017, two weeks of celebration and sharing #CoopStories about how communities and co-operatives co-operate. I’ve been reading some of the stories co-operators have shared this Co-ops Fortnight, here are some of my favorites. Starting internationally, proving ‘co-operatives ensure no-one is left behind’, Brad Hill has […]

Today is the start of Co-operatives Fortnight, where all co-ops in the UK will be celebrating everything co-operative. Our Co-op is part of a huge movement made up of thousands of independent co-operatives in the UK. We all share the core values and principles of co-operation, that’s what makes us all a better way of […]

The Co-op Foundation is all about helping disadvantaged communities work together to make great things happen. It is set up by the Co-op to complement its other work within communities across the UK, such as the campaign to tackle loneliness. To help do this, the Foundation hopes to encourage young people to get involved in […]

Our member wine has a name! The voting has now closed so we can reveal that our first member-designed wine will go by the name of PIONEER PINOT GRIGIO This is a lovely nod to our Co-op heritage, the wine’s Californian origin and to the unique, pioneering, way members are creating this product (more on […]

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 […]