Small things, Big Difference

We're a relatively small business compared to the 'big guys' but we know small things can make a big difference.

You probably know us best from popping to your local Co-op Daily food store, but there's much more to us than that.

Small is beautiful

There are things that we do because we’re passionately local.

Like our award winning Sourced Locally initiative which supports local producers, helps grow our local economy and delivers fantastic fresh produce to our stores.

There are small things we do that are practical.

Like paying our suppliers on time; a big difference for a small local business. Or working towards making all our colleagues trained Dementia Friends; a big difference to our shoppers and their families. And only buying energy from green sources; a big difference to our environment.

Some small things that we do go to the heart of our communities.

Like the projects we support, from installing defibrillators, to supplying tea to dementia cafes, helping retired police dogs and many more.

Great Tilkey Honey Essex

Michael started out with only one hive and with our help he now has a thriving business and his delicious products are part of our Sourced Locally range and winner of Producer of the Year 2017.

Co-op Junior Theatre Company

We've supported the Co-op Juniors for over 70 years, bringing thousands of young people together and helping their dreams come true.

Rebecca and her family are true champions of local and have been producing delicious bacon, ham and sausages for our stores over the last 10 years. 

 

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The Tacon family work closely with us to minimise food waste, agreeing volumes of their fresh produce to be supplied to our store.

Our colleagues are always striving to make a big difference to our members, customers and communities every. Read more of the stories that are great examples of our Co-op difference.

When the Recovery Hub, an innovative addiction treatment centre, needed new premises we offered a building plus help with rent and set-up costs to get them started.

For Co-operatives Fortnight 2017 – which runs from 17 June to 1 July – people across the country are being asked to share stories of how working together has made a difference.

For this year’s activity, supporters of co-operatives will be asking their staff, members, customers and friends, to share their stories of co-operation.