Our new and improved meeting and event spaces

We currently spend over £13 million on meetings, events and travel a year. As a Co-op every penny we spend needs to get the best value for our colleagues, members and communities, so we need your help in cutting these costs.

The Fuel for Growth team’s been looking at how we can cut travel, meeting and event costs by improving the facilities in 1 Angel Square and Miller Street. Here are some of the changes we’ve made:

A new away day space

The old boardroom on the 9th floor has been repurposed with sofas and breakout areas, and can be booked as an away-day or event space, saving money on external venues. The new space has lots of eco-friendly and sustainable features, which have been carefully sourced at no extra cost:

  • The carpet is carbon neutral as it’s made from recycled carpet tiles
  • The timber feature wall is made from reclaimed scaffolding boards, sourced locally
  • The paint is 25% ‘recycled’ (paint that would have gone to waste)
  • There’s a ‘living wall’ of plants that remove carbon dioxide and help create a sense of wellbeing

We want this to be a space colleagues enjoy using and feel at home in, so we want you to help name it. Send your suggestions for what it should be called to communications@coop.co.uk and we’ll choose the best one.

Ground floor space for meetings or events

We’ve upgraded rooms GF-C-04/05 with new screens so they can be used as one large meeting space with conference facilities, or for events. They can sit 40 people ‘cabaret’ or 60 ‘theatre style’, or can be used as two smaller meeting rooms.

More meeting rooms and screens

We’ve put 20 meeting rooms in 1 Angel Square back on the booking system, and added 20 plasma screens to meeting rooms in both 1 Angel Square and Miller St, so it’s easier to have virtual meetings.

A reminder about Green October

For the whole of October we’re challenging colleagues to do things differently. Let’s see how much money, energy and C02 we can save by cutting travel, printing in black and white and switching meeting room and computer lights off when we go home.

We hope you enjoy the new spaces, and a big thanks to everyone who worked so hard to get them ready.

Catherine Muirden and David Roberts
(Cost Category Owners – meetings & events / travel & expenses)