Central England Co-op celebrates 2,195 years of colleague long service at Chatsworth House event

A special celebration event has been held at Chatsworth House as 66 Central England Co-op colleagues were honoured for a combined 2,195 years of service.

The Derbyshire stately home proved a picturesque setting for the event which saw colleagues from all areas of the Society come together to receive their awards for service ranging from 30 to 45 years.

Central England Co-op holds Long Service Awards ever year to thank and reward employees for their hard work, loyalty and service, with an afternoon tea and tour of the house and grounds part of the special day.

Among those receiving an award was Customer Services Assistant John Mullins, who has become a popular and well-known face in Bakewell where he has served customers in his hometown for an incredible 45 years.

The 61-year-old said: “I started at the Bakewell supermarket on 15 October 1974 when I left school at 16. I really enjoy it and like working so close to home and seeing friendly faces every day. I’m part of the furniture now!

“I was proud to receive the recognition and to be part of such a lovely celebration event.”

The 66 colleagues were from all areas of the Society, including Food Stores, Funeral Homes and its Distribution Centre, in Leicester.

Debbie Robinson, Chief Executive of Central England Co-operative, said: “It was a true pleasure to attend my first Long Service Awards at the Society and personally thank such inspirational colleagues who have dedicated their careers to Central England Co-op and to our customers, members and communities.”

Elaine Dean, President of Central England Co-operative, added: “It was wonderful to spend time with so many colleagues who embody the Co-op’s values and principles and who have shown such commitment to our Society. Their level of dedication is incredibly humbling and deserving of recognition.

“I am so very proud to be President of a Society with such a fantastic record of long serving colleagues.”

Other colleagues awarded included Customer Services Assistant at the Brimmington Food Store Susan Brown for 45 years of service and Danica Torbica, Customer Services Assistant at the Alvaston Food Store who was awarded for 40 years of service.

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Notes to editors

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.

Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2019.

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop

For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative

Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390

Email – publicrelations@centralengland.coop