I can’t quite believe it’s Christmas already!

Our stores are really buzzing and the teams are doing a fabulous job serving the customers flooding through our doors. I’ve been out and about in shops this week, and it’s been wonderful to see the commitment, energy and dedication of our colleagues in action.

I know lots of you’ll be working over Christmas and New Year. Retail’s a challenging place to work at this time of year and I wanted to say thank you for everything you’re doing. Our teams across the whole of Co-op Food in our Support Office, depots and stores have done an outstanding job to get us ready for what I’m sure will be an fantastic Co-op Christmas – well done!

I also wanted to say thank you to everyone in Co-op Food for all of your hard work in 2017. We’ve had an amazing year, growing ahead of the rest of the market and serving our customers and members brilliantly.

We paid out a phenomenal £20million to local causes through the Membership 1%. That money will make a huge difference to the communities we serve and it’s something I’m incredibly proud that Co-op Food is able to be a part of.

We’ve won over 100 awards awards for our delicious food too, including both convenience and food to go retailer of the year at the Retail Industry Awards!

It’s been another big year of change and by working well together across the business we’ve delivered some significant projects that set us up well to build our Co-op for the future and help us deliver even more for our customers.

There are exciting times ahead for Co-op Food. We’ve got positive momentum and I truly believe that the Co-op Food team can achieve great things  in 2018.

Thanks again for all of your hard work in 2017.

Happy Christmas!