Peterborough Funeral Home win major award at Central England Co-operative’s annual awards

A team of Peterborough Funeral Directors have been handed a major award for their efforts in helping families say goodbye to a loved one.

Fitzwilliam Street Funeral Home is celebrating after scooping the Trading Team of the Year gong at Central England Co-operative’s Leading Brilliance Awards.

Lee Dillow, Area Manager for Central England Co-op, said: “I am really proud of my team, not only for scooping this award, but for being honoured for always making a difference for people at the toughest time in their lives.

“At Central England Co-op we are dedicated to supporting our families during difficult times by offering them the very best care and support from the first moment that we meet them – the team at Fitzwilliam Street Funeral Home personify this ethos.”

The team were handed their award at a special event held at the Hyatt Hotel, in Birmingham.

The awards are designed to celebrate outstanding achievement, service and commitment for colleagues at Central England Co-op

Martyn Cheatle, Central England Co-operative Chief Executive, said: “Our Leading Brilliance Awards are a great way to recognise the effort that our colleagues make to ensure we are living our values as a co-operative. 

“I am proud to work with such inspirational and co-operative people, who really care about the communities they work and live in and congratulate everyone who won and was shortlisted for an award.”


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Picture caption: The Fitzwilliam Street Funeral Home team accept their award from Head of HR Kellee Torr and Chief Executive Martyn Cheatle.


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.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting


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Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


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