This year’s #BeingCoop awards showcased some truly wonderful colleagues. We’re proud to share the stories of our winners.


Store Colleague of the Year: Amanda Byrne 

By Lucy Crane, Area Manager

Alongside her role as a Team Manager, Mandy’s also a Member Pioneer who’s making a visible difference in the local community. I genuinely believe her efforts have really pushed the store to the next level in terms of like-for-like sales.

She’s the first to help out with local coffee mornings, isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty litter picking and tidying a community garden, and she’s even set up a herb garden for the community to share and take items from. She helps the local schools set up projects for the children and she always makes time to visit the elderly, sometimes just for a brew and a natter.

These are simply a snapshot of all that Mandy is involved in, and there are lots more examples that could be listed – she never stops!

Mandy’s been with Co-op for 30 years, putting her heart and soul into everything she does to deliver exceptional service. A local celebrity thanks to numerous appearances in the local press, Mandy really brings the sparkle and magic of community to life.

All the customers know her by name and she’s always on hand to personally help people complete their shopping. She’s an inspiration and a real asset to our society.

Congratulations on winning the 2020 #BeingCoop Store colleague of the year.

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Support Centre Colleague of the Year: Denise Woodward

By Karen Driver, Field Risk Support Officer 

Last summer, our Whaley Bridge store was evacuated due to an imminent threat of a dam bursting, potentially causing catastrophic flooding to the whole village.

I contacted Denise to find out who could help, but she hadn’t yet started her supply chain role. Despite this Denise took control, contacting the Trade Improvement and Response team, setting the wheels in motion to hold back deliveries to the store and rearranging their order for when they were allowed back in, which ended up being over a week later.

But she didn’t stop there. Denise also arranged leftover sandwiches from the Greencore depot for the emergency services including police, fire, ambulance, mountain rescue and the army as they worked hard to prevent the situation from escalating. Denise secured sandwiches to be delivered to them each morning, over 5,000 in total, all donated free of charge.

This isn’t an isolated incident as Denise often supports stores in crisis mode. She even gives the stores her number so they can call her at any time.

Following local flooding, Denise arranged support for our Hebden Bridge and Petrol Mytholmroyd stores. She worked closely with relevant teams and depots to supply sandwiches and water for a Community Hub which had been set up.

I’m delighted that Denise has been selected as a winner. She’s so caring and is always ready to do that little bit extra to make sure that others don’t have to worry. Congratulations Denise!

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You can find the full list of all our winners and highly commended colleagues here.