In my role as an Independent Society Member (ISM) on our National Members’ Council representing Heart of England Co-op, it’s my job to be a voice for all our members, and the annual Co-operative Retail Conference allows me to do just that.
The conference, hosted by Co-operatives UK, is a meeting of over 100 co-operators to talk about issues the retail sector is facing. It’s a great opportunity to see the bigger picture within the industry, and bring real value to the way we develop ourselves to make sure our members are engaged and involved. It also helps us (as a collective of co-operators) work better together and get the most out of our roles to help shape our Co-op into a movement that we can all be proud of.
A highlight of the weekend for me was hearing ‘An American (grocery market) tale’ from our international guest, Stephen McDow. The conference is usually made up of UK co-ops so it was great to see how the co-operative way of doing business has been adopted overseas and is appealing to a younger generation – something that I’m keen for our Co-op to do to help us be a business that’s fit for the future. I also had the opportunity to present at this year’s conference too, leading a session on how we can evolve to support the changing needs of co-ops and members.
As colleagues and members, you’re in a unique position to have your say on what we do as a business and as a co-op, and we’d love to be a platform for your thoughts and ideas.
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National Members’ Council
ISM for Heart of England Co-op