Since announcing our new partnership with Live Nation festivals we’ve had loads of positive feedback from colleagues across Co-op. It’s amazing to hear that lots of you are just as excited as I am and want to be part of our Co-op store at the festivals.
This year’s festival line-up is even more awesome now Co-op has been announced!
We’re going to be serving festival-goers at a 6,000 sqft store at four camping festivals this summer and we need your support to make it a success. It’s the first time a retailer in the UK has ever taken this step and we’re looking forward to welcoming new customers and showing them what makes Co-op so amazing, especially our quality products and our awesome colleagues. We’re looking for up to 66 colleagues per festival to work deliveries and serve customers, in our unique Being Co-op way.
It’ll be a once in a lifetime opportunity to work in one of the busiest stores in the UK for a week.
As you can imagine, it’ll be quite different to our other stores. Expect lots of situations and experiences you’ve never faced before (for example we’ll have a DJ in our shop!) and to collect some memories that’ll last a lifetime. You’ll be able to soak up the festival atmosphere both on shift and off shift, when you’ll have plenty of chance to wander around the entire festival and enjoy what’s on offer.
It won’t be a walk in a park – or a festival to be precise.
We’re expecting to welcome over 15,000 customers a day at some of the festivals and sell 27,000 bottles of 2L water at one of the festivals – that’s a lot of stock to move and a lot of customers to serve. It isn’t a standard store and I think working there will be a challenge for even some of our most experienced store colleagues. The store’s in operation 24/7 so some of the shift patterns include anti-social hours and over the course of 7 days you’ll be working up to 52 hours.
We will, of course, train and support our festival colleagues so don’t worry if you’re not from a retail background. The festival store will operate so differently from a normal Co-op store that retail experience isn’t essential. What’s important is a can-do attitude and the ability to offer the very best customer service at all times – oh and a love of camping as all our colleagues will be camping together in a special Co-op campsite within the main staff campsite!
What to expect – some essential info:
• Colleagues from across Co-op are welcome to apply – you don’t have to be from our Food business.
• Co-op will cover travel costs to and from the festivals.
• Colleagues staying on site in the tents (provided by Co-op) can claim their daily sustenance allowance.
• You’ll get a bespoke uniform that you can take home as a souvenir.
• You’ll be paid as you normally would at your usual place of work.
• We’ll equip you with everything you need to know before you even reach the festival, followed by training on the first day.
• You’ll be spending a lot of time with the colleagues on your allocated shift so it’ll be a great opportunity to make some new contacts and friends at Co-op!
If you’re still up for the challenge here’s how to apply.
Please visit coopxfestivals.co.uk for more info and instructions on how to apply. You might have some questions and we’ve aimed to cover everything else you’ll want to know on this dedicated festivals website. However, if you have a question and can’t find the answer there, please email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org rather than posting it as a comment below.
We’re expecting a lot of applications from across the UK so as part of the selection process we’re asking everyone to tell us in less than 200 words why they should represent Co-op at the festivals.
You have until Sunday 22 April to apply and we’ll be in touch by end of April to let you know if you’ve been successful and what happens next.
Good luck and here’s to a fantastic summer together!
Alasdair Fowle, Co-op Partnerships and Events Manager
Note to colleagues: for those of you who can’t access the site by clicking the link, you can still access it on your own device.