About us

Formed by the merger of Midlands and Anglia Co-operatives, Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retailers in the UK, with over 400 trading outlets, a family of around 8,600 colleagues and more than 330,000 regular trading members.

We’re independent from The Co-operative Group, but we’re part of the wider co-operative movement, working together to provide all sorts of benefits for our members and customers.

Central England Co-operative trades across 16 counties from the Midlands to the East Coast - through more than 200 foodstores, 100-plus funeral homes, filling stations, post offices, travel branches, florists, opticians, masonry outlets, a crematorium and a coffin factory.

Retail food stores are our main core business, generating around 70% of our total turnover. We own a distribution centre in Leicester which supplies our own food stores and also provides a service to neighbouring branches of the Heart of England, Midcounties and Tamworth societies. 

Although independent from The Co-operative Group and societies such as Lincoln, Heart of England and Midcounties, we are part of the wider co-operative movement, and in the true spirit of co-operation we work with each other so that, as part of a larger unit, we have the buying power of much bigger companies through economies of scale.

Our vision is to be the UK’s best consumer co-operative by making a real difference to our members and our communities.

To see our latest board of Directors please visit here.

Business trading address

Central England Co-operative Limited
Central House 
Hermes Road 
Lichfield 
Staffordshire WS13 6RH

Tel: 01543 414140 (lines open 8am–5.30pm Monday to Friday) 

General enquiries: enquiries@centralengland.coop  

Press enquiries: Rob Smyth | Heather Clapton | Sarah Ashton 

(email format: firstname.lastname@centralengland.coop)

Membership enquiries:

Call the Membership Helpline: 0800 0501601 (01543 201494 from a mobile)

Email Member Services

Visit the members website