Co-op launches search for inspiring community mentors

Co-op is looking for inspiring people to mentor its Co-op Member Pioneers, whilst playing an important part in Co-op’s overall community mission. The Group currently has more than 300 Member Pioneers, who work with Co-op members, food stores, funeral homes, local causes, and other co-ops to help support and connect them to others in their local communities. To help them with this work, the Group is now recruiting 40 Member Pioneer Co-ordinators to take on a part-time, paid role to lead a group of 10-15 Pioneers. Russell Gill, head of…

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Co-op launches franchise recruitment programme

The Co-op has today unveiled moves to develop franchise stores, which will be the first time the 175-year-old supermarket has licenced its brand to independent retailers. This expansion programme aims to create a significant number of new Co-op branded stores under its franchise offering, on top of its recent announcement to build around 100 new owned and operated stores in 2019. This is a unique proposition for independent retailers who share the Co-op values and principles to become part of the Co-op community and is in addition to having access…

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Co-op compostable carriers on the cobbles

Tackling single-use plastic is “Streets” ahead in Weatherfield as the Co-op rolls-out its compostable carrier bag on to the nation’s favourite Cobbles. Last week (Wednesday, 20 February) Co-op’s environmentally friendly alternative to single-use plastic bags will be seen in Coronation Street for the first time. As part of its aim to ditch single use plastic, the Co-op has rolled out compostable carriers to over 1,000 of its food stores – including those across Greater Manchester. The move is estimated to replace around 60M single-use plastic bags UK-wide. Co-op is the…

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Compostable carrier bags rolled-out to more that one thousand Co-op Food stores

More than one thousand Co-op food stores are at the fore of the community retailer’s move to ditch single-use plastics following the roll-out of compostable carrier bags. The move has seen around 60 million single use plastic carrier bags removed and, replaced with the environmentally-friendly alternative in towns, villages and cities across the UK where the new bags are accepted as part of Local Authority household food waste recycling. Shoppers – who forget their bag-for-life – use the compostable bags to carry shopping home, the bags then have a secondary…

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Homeless charity accommodated by the Co-op

A charity working to tackle homelessness has launched its first department store this week in Rochdale after finding a home with the Co-op. Emmaus – which was established over 25 years ago – has been offered the 50,000 sq. ft. space rent free by the Co-op in a move designed to give a new lease of life to an unused building, while enabling the charity to further its work to overcome homelessness and social exclusion. The new department store was officially opened this week at the Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre…

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