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Our business and history


Business activities

Central England Co-operative Society is one of the largest independent retailers in the UK. 

Our principal business activities are retail, funeral and travel services, though we also have interests in opticians, florists and coffin manufacturing, and we manage a significant investment property portfolio.

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. 

Our relationship with other co-operative 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.