Central England Co-op says ‘thank you’ to colleagues and key workers for supporting their communities
Central England Co-op has announced that is giving back to colleagues and key workers who are ensuring our communities are supported during this uncertain time.
The retailer has reduced its opening hours to allow colleagues to clean stores and replenish shelves with food and essentials as well as ensuring they get more time with their families to rest and recuperate.
Central England Co-op has also brought forward its annual share of profits and increased its colleague discount as a ‘thank you’ to all those who have gone above and beyond at this time.
It also revealed that it has had an unprecedented response to its recruitment drive with 500 new staff, as well colleagues redeploying from other parts of its family of businesses, now working in stores across 16 counties to ensure shelves are stocked and customers are served.
Central England Co-op is continuing to ask people to show ‘care, compassion and respect’ to its colleagues who are going above and beyond.
This has also been supplemented with a range of measures to ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to
Today Central England Co-op can also announce that it is planning to install plastic screens at all till points as part of its ongoing efforts to keeps colleagues and customers safe. The retailer has also announced that bread from its in-store bakery will no longer be unwrapped.
Central England Co-op Chief Executive Debbie Robinson said: “Our colleagues and key workers are doing everything they can to ensure our communities continue to be supported during this uncertain time.
“In the spirit of co-operation, we wanted to say thank you by giving them a little something to showcase our gratitude for their hard work and dedication.
“We also wanted to say welcome to all of our new colleagues who have joined in the past few days. Thank you and good luck in your new roles.
“If you’re able to say thank you to our colleagues and to key workers when you see them, we are sure they would really appreciate the support at this time. Please be kind and respectful to everyone around you.”
The retailer recently launched a range of measures to help those whose lives have been affected by the Coronavirus.
- An urgent food bank appeal to support its charity partners after they reported a major fall in donations at the same time as a spike in demand
- Donations to FareShare Midlands and Dementia UK to allow them to continue their vital community services
In its food stores, the Society also has in place a temporary limit of two of every product to help maintain stock levels but has reassured customers that there are no issues with its robust supply lines and that shops are getting daily delivers.
People can keep up to date with what is happening in their local community by visiting a dedicated online hub at www.centralengland.coop/updates
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Picture caption: Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op Chief Executive.
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 430 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 2020.
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 several 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.
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