It’s been a fantastic week for our Co-op. We’ve had lots of award wins and I’m really pleased that we’re getting noticed for running great businesses that do great things.
I’m sure there are others – probably too many to mention, but here are a few award wins that stood out for me this week:
We won the annual Charity Times Award for ‘Corporate National Partnership of the Year with a Retailer’ for our work with the British Red Cross to tackle loneliness. We were up against some big hitters for this award, including partnerships like Macmillan Cancer Support and M&S, The Living Wage Foundation and IKEA, and Hubbub and Mothercare. The success of this was all down to you, as you went above and beyond to raise £6.1million, as this video shows. This award belongs to you all.
Our Food business scooped the IGD Business Transformation award for turning the business around and becoming the UK’s number one convenience retailer. It also won three Retail Industry awards (Convenience Retailer of the Year, Food to go Retailer of the Year, and Multiple Drinks Retailer of the Year) and 16 Global Cheese Awards.
Jo Whitfield, our Food CEO was also personally recognised for supporting ‘Girls Out Loud’, a fantastic charity that inspires teenage girls to have confidence, self-belief, emotional resilience and a positive self-image. Jo’s an ambassador for the charity and she’s a brilliant role model for the girls it supports.
These awards tell me that we’re doing a great job for our customers, members and communities, and that we have a lot to be positive about. Every award we win is the result of the hard work of hundreds, if not thousands of colleagues, so thank you for everything you do for our Co-op.
Group Chief Executive