Extra day off for Central England Co-op staff after award win

Central England Co-op saw its gross sales decrease from £487.3 million to £477.9 million year-on-year in the six months to 7 August.
"What we do, the success we have, is done for and on behalf of our members." : Jane Avery.
// Central England Co-op rewards all staff with an extra day off after recent award win
// 7800+ workers given this recognition of Central England Co-op winning Leading Co-op of the Year award

Central England Co-op is rewarding all of its staff with an extra day off in recognition of their role in helping the firm win a top industry award.

Over 7800 workers across food stores, funeral homes and supporting businesses in 16 counties have been given this recognition for their efforts that helped Central England Co-op with the Leading Co-op of the Year award for Co-operatives UK.

Anyone employed by the firm as of July 2021 is eligible for the extra day’s holiday, which can be taken in the next 12 months.


“We were all honoured to have been recognised as Leading Co-operative of the Year,” Central England Co-op chief executive Debbie Robinson said.

“Having worked through extraordinary times during the pandemic, it was fantastic recognition for our colleagues who have come to work each day to serve their communities.

“We want to create a sustainable society for all and that starts with our teams, who have worked tirelessly to sustain the wellbeing and safety of our members, customer and communities.

“On behalf of our board and members, I would like to say a great big thank you for their loyalty, dedication and commitment.

“We would love for colleagues to use this time to relax or treat themselves by doing something nice.”

The Central England Co-op, which has over 400 stores and funeral homes, received the award after winning a public vote as part of the annual Co-operative of the Year Awards.

It was shortlisted for supporting communities during the Covid-19 pandemic, their ongoing partnerships with FareShare Midlands and food banks to create millions of meals a year for those in need, and for their steady progress against a target to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The extra day off also comes after the firm last year rewarded all colleagues with extra week’s pay and enhanced discount for their efforts supporting local communities during the pandemic.

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