Co-op invests £600k in boosting its stores and funeral homes in Nottingham - with more planned
Central England Co-operative has revealed it has invested over £600,000 so far this year as part of ongoing efforts to improve the experience of customers across Nottingham.
This has been used to pay for a brand new Funeral Home and the revamp of Food Stores - creating dozens of jobs and spending £635,000 in the process.
The new funeral home is based in High Road and a total of £375,000 has been invested in the venture.
The new site will offer a vastly superior look and feel for families and will also operate a major hub for other Central England Co-op funeral homes in the area.
Funeral Director Ruth Bartlett said: “We are proud to be part of the community in Nottingham.
“Our first priority is to enhance memories and love for all of our families and we are very pleased to offer that at our new home in the area.
“We feel it reflects our commitment to providing excellent standards of care for our families during their time of bereavement.”
Further investment has been made to improve Food Stores in Stapleford and Kirkby in Ashfield.
The work in Nottingham is part of an ambitious Food Store and Funeral Home development programme for 2018, with further investment planned in the area throughout 2018 and into 2019.
Several sites are set to receive a further cash injection for improvements in the coming months including a site in Huthwaite.
David Briddon, Store Manager at the Kirkby in Ashfield Food Store, said:: “All of us here at Central England Co-operative Food Stores and Funeral Homes across Nottingham are proud to be part of such a great community and are looking forward to welcoming all customers, old and new, to come and enjoy our new and revamped sites now and in the future.”
Customers and members will also be able to enjoy a range of community benefits as a result of the Society’s investment in Nottingham.
Last year, thousands of pounds were handed out to groups in the county from Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund. A total of four groups and charities shared over £7,000.
The fund guarantees that at least one per cent of the Society’s trading profit is reinvested in local communities in a bid to help projects to thrive across its trading area.
Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time they spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund.
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Picture caption: Colleagues from Central England Co-op’s new Funeral Home in Chilwell were all smiles on launch day.
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 2018.
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.
For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative
Rob Smyth / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140