The Co-operative and CBES Ltd treated Children from the Starlight Ward with pop music fest at the Manchester Arena

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Children from the Starlight Ward at University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) were left starstruck after a pop music treat at the Manchester Arena arranged by The Co-operative and contractors CBES Ltd.

The children and their parents saw a host of acts including James Bay, Lawson, Stereokicks and Little Mix put on a dazzling display at the Key 103 Summer Live concert held in the city.

Colleagues from The Co-operative Estates Portfolios, Programmes and Projects Delivery team along with CBES Ltd and The Co-operative food store in Heaton Chapel – where CBES contractors will undertake a major makeover later this summer to transform the store for the community – provided 40 tickets to the hospital for the summer spectacular.

Jan Owen, Assistant Manager, Fundraising and Donations Department, UHSM, said:

“We would like to thank CBES Ltd and teams from The Co-operative food store in Heaton Chapel and The Co-operative Estates Portfolios, Programmes and Projects Delivery team for this wonderful opportunity to take a group of our patients from the Starlight Ward for such a special treat. The evening was a great success with everyone really enjoying themselves and on behalf of the children, their parents and UHSM I would like to thank everyone involved for their generosity.”

The Co-operative is a community retailer, committed to making a positive contribution in the communities in which its food stores trade.

Jason McEwen, The Co-operative Estate’s Head of Portfolios, Programmes and Projects Delivery (P3D), said:

”Being part of local communities as we roll out redevelopment programmes is core to our Purpose, it’s what makes The Co-op unique. I am extremely proud of the difference we are making and it’s fantastic to hear that everyone had a great time at the Summer Live event.”

Nicola Smith, Play Specialist at UHSM’s Starlight Ward, added:

“We are extremely grateful to CBES and The Co-operative for providing the tickets for the Key 103 concert. It was a great opportunity to be able to give our teenage patients a special treat. A fun night out can make a massive difference in between daily treatments, appointments and hospital stays. We all loved the music and we had a fantastic night – thank you so much!”

While Elle Lancashire, aged 15, concluded:

“I’m so thankful for this experience. It honestly put the biggest smile on my face when I got invited to join in. I got to see my favourite band, Stereokicks, live and it took my mind away from my next surgery date. Thank you for the most amazing night.”

About University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM):
UHSM is a major acute teaching hospital trust providing services for adults and children at Wythenshawe Hospital and Withington Community Hospital and Community Services. We are recognised as a centre of clinical excellence in a number of specialist areas and provide district general hospital services and specialist tertiary services to our local community.

About The Co-operative Group:
The Co-operative Group, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by over 8 million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £10 billion.

Further information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

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The Co-operative and CBES Ltd treated Children from the Starlight Ward with pop music fest at the Manchester Arena

The Co-operative and CBES Ltd treated Children from the Starlight Ward with pop music fest at the Manchester Arena

Plum deals at The Co-operative have led to double-digit growth across its fresh produce range

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-7-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Plum deals at The Co-operative have led to a near double-digit growth across its fresh produce range following a multi-million pound investment to trim the price of fruit and vegetables.

The investment by the community retailer, which has a store in every postal area, saw prices pruned across its range of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Launched in mid-June, its revolving offers on popular produce, known as “fresh three”, has seen growth of more than 130 per cent over the three-week period. With a near double digit growth in volumes (9.4 per cent) across its wider fresh produce range.

The initial offer was the Co-op’s Iceberg lettuce, carrots (500g) and whole cucumbers and, from Wednesday 8 July the “fresh three” offer will focus on fruit with plums (400g), oranges (4s) and peaches (4/5s) priced in-store at 69p.

The move is part of a £125m price investment strategy by The Co-operative. The programme has already lowered the cost of everyday staple products such as eggs, chicken, bacon and bread as the business seeks to be the UK’s number one convenience retailer.

Steve Murrells, Retail Chief Executive, The Co-operative Group, said:

“Our investment in the freshness, quality and price of fresh produce is bearing fruit. We are responding to the changing habits of consumers who are increasingly swapping the weekly shop for purchasing what they need, when they need it, locally. As a community retailer the Co-op is continuing to invest in its stores while also lowering the price of everyday essentials.”

In 2015, The Co-operative Food is actively pursuing 100 new convenience stores and will undertake 255 major store refits.

About The Co-operative Group:
The Co-operative Group, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by over 8 million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £10 billion

 

For further information:
Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

The Co-operative voted the UK’s favourite convenience store by shoppers at the CTP Awards

The Co-operative been voted the UK’s favourite convenience store by shoppers.

MANCHESTER, 2015-5-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The CTP (Convenience Tracking Programme) awards 2015* quizzed 20,000 convenience store shoppers and 2,000 store staff and managers, and the Co-op beat off competition from the likes of Marks & Spencer, Little Waitrose and Sainsbury’s to scoop  “Overall Best Convenience Retailer” of the year.

The award caps a successful few weeks for the Co-op, which also saw the business win five gold and eight silver awards at The Grocer Awards – including the coveted “Overall Product of the Year”** – as well as Sandwich Convenience Retailer of the Year at the British Sandwich Industry Awards.

Steve Murrells, CEO of The Co-operative Food said:

“To have been voted the number one convenience store by shoppers is a wonderful achievement, and particular thanks goes to all the colleagues that both work in our stores as well as those that create our award winning own brand products. Our challenge is to become the number one convenience retailer in the UK, and these awards show that we heading firmly in the right direction.”

Katie Littler, Communications Director at awards coordinators him!, said:

“Congratulations to The Co-op, who were voted for by those who’s opinion should really matter, the shoppers. The UK Convenience industry certainly has a lot to celebrate and there are so many fine examples of retailers and suppliers really listening and reacting to their shoppers needs, and of course, capitalising on sales. This award incorporates the attitudes of shoppers with regards to customer service, shopping experience, range of products, price and ultimately, would shoppers recommend the retailer – and The Co-op has come out on top!”* The CTP Awards are the premium event in the convenience calendar and the only awards that are decided by shoppers. him! research & consulting spoke to 20,000 shoppers face-to-face in convenience stores across the UK, covering 25+ convenience fascia. They have collated over 100,000 question responses in order to bring 16 awards that recognise the cream of the industry. The awards celebrate the outstanding contribution that everyone involved in the convenience channel makes to ensure it remains the vibrant, diverse and successful industry it is today** The Co-operative’s Truly Irresistible Kashmiri Butter Chicken, Red Onion and Spinach Pizza was awarded the ‘Grocer Gold Chairman’s Overall Product of the Year Award’ at the Grocer’s Own Label Food & Drink Awards 2015. Other award winners in The Grocer’s Own-Label Awards 2015 were:

  • Gold: The Co-operative Loved by us extra tasty whole chicken
  • Gold: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Scottish Raspberry Prosecco Pannacotta Terrine
  • Gold: The Co-operative Loved by us four microwavable golden vegetable rice bags
  • Gold: The Co-operative red Leicester and pumpkin seed batard
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Granola Squares
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible extra mature Gouda
  • Silver: The Co-operative Loved by Us Piri Piri Chicken ready to cook meal
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Guatemalan Roast and ground coffee
  • Silver: The Co-operative Loved by us Achari chicken curry
  • Silver: The Co-operative Loved by us 6 British dessert apples
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Madagascan vanilla ice cream
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Ultimate Chocolates

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Co-op employees receiving the CTP Award for "Overall Best Convenience Retailer” in 2015
Co-op employees receiving the CTP Award for “Overall Best Convenience Retailer” in 2015

Strand Store Spearheads Co-operative Expansion Plans

The Co-operative Group now has a food store in every UK postal area after unwrapping a flagship store in the Strand, London WC2.

The opening of the £1 million convenience store in central London marks a major milestone for the consumer-owned retailer and emphasises its unique community reach.

The Co-operative’s Strand store is also believed to be the first convenience store in the UK to be 100 per cent illuminated by innovative energy-saving LED lighting, which saves at least 35 per cent on lighting energy consumption. Along with general store lighting all fridges, freezers and external signage use Philips LED lighting technology.

Protecting the environment by reducing energy consumption is a key element of The Co-operative’s Ethical Operating Plan, which is part of their Join the Revolution campaign and includes the toughest carbon reduction targets of any major business in the UK.

The flagship store, which is open 24 hours, is spearheading The Co-operative’s ambitious plans to open more than 300 food outlets over the next three years, creating around 7,000 jobs.

The expansion plans include a renewed focus on stores in city centre locations, including the capital, where The Co-operative is looking to increase its presence.

Following the acquisition of the Somerfield supermarket chain in March 2009, The Co-operative Food is already the UK’s fifth largest food retailer with nearly 3,000 local communities stores nationwide.

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The Co-operative Group Reports Solid Trading Results For The Fourth Quarter Of 2010

The Co-operative Group, the UK’s largest mutual retailer, today announces a solid trading performance for the fourth quarter, against the backdrop of a tough trading environment, exacerbated by the severe weather conditions.

Food store exteriorAcross the Trading Group – which encompasses all Co-operative Group retail businesses, but excludes financial services – like-for-like sales fell by 0.6%* in the 13 weeks to 1st Jan 2011. In Food, like-for-like sales fell 3.2%, as a result of the impact of the extreme weather on both footfall and spending patterns across the Group’s national network, as well as the planned acceleration of the programme to convert Somerfield stores to The Co-operative Group fascia. During the period close to 200 stores were closed on average for seven days a time to allow for
full refits. Despite this the core convenience estate, which includes both Co-operative & Somerfield stores, saw like-for-like sales increase by 2%.

Combined like-for-like sales in the Group’s non-food businesses increased by 12.1% with particularly strong sales performances from the online electrical, motor and travel operations.

Peter Marks, Group Chief Executive, said “We have delivered a solid trading performance across our retail businesses in a difficult environment. The exceptionally cold weather created logistical issues for our food stores – particularly given the sheer scale and geographic spread of our estate. Our people worked exceptionally hard to ensure that we provided a great service to all our customers – and the strong performance of our core convenience estate is a testament to all their efforts.

“The planned acceleration of the Somerfield conversion programme was an added issue– but this continues at pace and we remain on track to complete the process by Spring 2011.

“The performance of our non-food businesses was very strong overall and, together with the excellent progress made by our financial services business, we are confident that 2010 will have proved to be another record year for The Co-operative Group.”

The Co-operative Group is one of the UK’s leading businesses and the world’s largest consumer-owned co-operative. The Group is the fifth biggest food retailer and the leading convenience store operator and The Co-operative Financial Services runs the largest “super mutual”.

Other interests include the third largest retail pharmacy chain, the number one funeral services business, Britain’s biggest farmer and a leading travel agency. The Co-operative Group employs 120,000 people, and has over 6 million members. As well as delivering on its financial and operational goals which also include various corporate social responsibility matters such as environmental awareness and global poverty, The Co-operative Group aims to deliver on its social goals, playing an active part supporting local communities and the wider world.

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The Co-operative Wins National Business Award For Corporate Social Responsibility

The Co-operative Group’s leadership position in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has again been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The Group won the award for CSR at the influential ninth annual National Business Awards in partnership with Orange held at Grosvenor House in London

Peter Marks, Group Chief Executive, who won the Orange Leader of the Year at same event last year said: “Yet again our exemplary work in CSR has been recognised on the national stage.

“As well as being commercially successful, the Co-operative Group is a business with strong ethical foundations and our values influence not only what we do with our profits but how those profits are made in the first place.

“This is a great achievement for every member of staff who help us to deliver the Co-operative difference day in day out across our complete family of businesses.”

Philip Forrest, Chairman of Judges, the National Business Awards said: “The UK’s largest mutual – comprising food, farming, financial and funeral services – is a beacon of best practice. Judges were impressed by the Group’s proactive work, whether it relates to tar sands within its toxic fuels campaigning or sustainable lending practices through its banking arm.”

The Co-operative not only takes pride in its efforts towards CSR but also in its promotion of community living initiatives across the UK.

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