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A Lichfield-based business has been named as one of the top five co-operatives in the UK.

Central England Co-op, which has more than 400 food stores, funeral homes, florists and travel shops jumped up one place from last year in the list of co-operative businesses based on turnover.

Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op chief executive, said:

Debbie Robinson

“This report showcases the importance of co-operative businesses and how our co-operative difference is what sets us apart.

“Our member-owned, community focused, co-operative business achieved this result thanks to the support of our colleagues, customers and Members pushing us to become a diverse, progressive, relevant and inclusive society.

“We will continue to highlight our point of difference – our co-operative values and principles – as we position ourselves at the heart of communities we serve and aim to thrive as a successful independent society.”

Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op

The result of The Co-op Economy report means that Central England Co-op is the highest placed independent retail co-operative, with Co-op Group, John Lewis, Arla Foods and the National Merchant Buying Society filling out the rest of the top slots.

The data also revealed that the UK’s 7,063 co-operative companies have a combined turnover of £38.2billion, up £350million from 2019.

Nick Matthews, chair of Co-operatives UK, said:

“There’s an appetite for a different economy to emerge from this crisis, with many people talking about the need to ‘build back better’.

“If we are to rebuild a fairer economy, provide decent livelihoods and support communities we need more co-ops, mutuals and social enterprises.”

Nick Matthews, Co-operatives UK

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  1. Fantastic, the staff in the Lichfield store are amazing, nothing is to much trouble for them when you ask for their help. Over this pandemic the store as been brilliant.

  2. My co-op store is Fradley.Each & every member of staff are doing a fantastic job.Always greeted with a smile & nothing is too much trouble.
    Keep doing what you are & thank you all very much in these troubled times.

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