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Bring some festive cheer with our Christmas Foodbank Appeal

Posted by Rob Smyth | 15/11/2017 | Category: Community

We are urging customers, members and colleagues to donate vital items as part of our Christmas Foodbank Appeal this festive season

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Christmas Foodbank Appeal - Paul’s story

Posted by Rob Smyth | 15/11/2017 | Category: Community

Paul Brookhouse, from the Hope Centre, talks about the importance of foodbanks and why it is important that we all donate this festive season

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Christmas Foodbank Appeal - Lizzy’s story

Posted by Rob Smyth | 15/11/2017 | Category: Community

This special film features foodbank patron Lizzy sharing the story of how The Hope Centre, in Derby, helped turn her life around

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Christmas Foodbank Appeal - Gerrard’s story

Posted by Rob Smyth | 15/11/2017 | Category: Community

Foodbank patron Gerrard talks about the importance of giving a little back this festive season

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Special film showcases how £2,000 Community Dividend Fund supports book-loving pupils

Posted by Rob Smyth | 31/10/2017 | Category: Community

Community Dividend Fund grant gives Burton bookworms a boost

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From client to colleague: How Dawn turned losing a loved one into help others in need

Posted by Rob Smyth | 23/10/2017 | Category: Funerals

Funeral Administrator Dawn talks about her experiences with Central England Co-op

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Thirty groups share over £50,000 in funding from our Community Dividend Fund

Posted by Rob Smyth | 03/10/2017 | Category: Community

A diverse range of projects picked from across 16 counties have been handed funding, with the largest single amount given being £5,000.

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The Great Round Pound Hunt - Top 11 Places To Find Old Pound Coins And What To Do With Them

Posted by Heather Clapton | 02/10/2017 | Category: Community

The old style ‘round’ pound will not be legal tender from 15th October. Central England Co-operative has come up with the top eleven places that these pounds may be hidden in your home and suggest a great way to use them.

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Lifelong co-operator and new Society President talks about her passion for the role

Posted by Rob Smyth | 20/09/2017 | Category: Community

Elaine Dean talks about her new role and her life as a co-operator

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Udderly brilliant competition winner gets to design her own ice cream

Posted by Rob Smyth | 18/09/2017 | Category: Food

Competition winner scoops top prize of her very own ice cream flavour

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Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

Posted by Stephanie Forrester | 29/08/2017 | Category: Food

Panicking about how to create a varied and healthy school lunchbox when term starts again? Relax!...we've got plenty of ideas.

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Shine a Light: Funeral Director Andy talks about going the extra mile in his job

Posted by Rob Smyth | 16/08/2017 | Category: Funerals

Funeral Director Andy Shine a Light on his job and how he goes the extra mile to help families who have lost a loved one

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Dementia UK is our new corporate charity for 2017-18

Posted by Rob Smyth | 01/08/2017 | Category: Community

Dementia UK is our corporate charity for 2017-18

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Customers, members and colleagues raise £1.5 million for Newlife

Posted by Rob Smyth | 26/07/2017 | Category: Community

Central England Co-operative is today delighted to announce that it has raised £1.5 million for its corporate charity partner Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children.

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Entertain your kids this summer with Central England Co-operative

Posted by Stephanie Forrester | 14/07/2017 | Category: Food

Keep your family entertained this summer with some easy and fun ideas for the kids, and the young at heart over the holidays.

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How to have a good summer with Central England Co-operative

Posted by Stephanie Forrester | 07/07/2017 | Category: Food

For great food and everything else you might need this summer, just pop down to your local Central England Co-op.

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Get Set For Wimbledon

Posted by Heather Clapton | 03/07/2017 | Category: Food

Considered the world’s premier tennis tournament, Wimbledon is almost upon us again, with its traditional accompaniments of strawberries and cream, Pimms and fruit squash. An integral part of the British Summer calendar, when we can all join together to cheer on the athletes and keep everything crossed for a British victory.

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Over 7,000 learn about healthy eating and Co-ops at Food and Farming Day

Posted by Rob Smyth | 02/07/2017 | Category: Community

Central England Co-operative sponsored the Kids Country Food and Farming Day 2017

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Our Guide to a Gorgeous Garden Party

Posted by Stephanie Forrester | 30/06/2017 | Category: Food

On a hot summer day, having a garden party is a great idea for something to do with family and friends. Follow our tips to make sure yours is one to remember.

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We have handed £50,000 to 32 groups as part of our Community Dividend Fund

Posted by Rob Smyth | 27/06/2017 | Category: Community

A diverse range of projects picked from across 16 counties have been handed funding from our Community Dividend Fund

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Join In: Our new community and membership newspaper

Posted by Rob Smyth | 22/06/2017 | Category: Community

Find out all about our new membership and community newspaper Join In

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Central England Co-operative raises money for Alzheimer’s Society in cake sale

Posted by Heather Clapton | 20/06/2017 | Category: Community

Central England Co-operative raises money for Alzheimer's Society in cake sale

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SHOW YOUR FATHER HE’S YOUR SUPERHERO

Posted by Heather Clapton | 14/06/2017 | Category: Community

It’s that time of year again, when we can show our Father’s how much they mean to us, with cards and gifts they will love. So show your Dad how much you care, share the remote control with him and treat him with one of the many handpicked gifts available from Central England Co-operative.

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Fabulously Easy Menu for Spontaneous Summer Dinner Parties

Posted by Stephanie Forrester | 10/06/2017 | Category: Food

We've got the answer to summer cooking that will delight your guests and give you more time in the sunshine.

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Kumala wine launches first Fairtrade product in The Co-op

Posted by Stephanie Forrester | 02/06/2017 | Category: Food

New Fairtrade Kumala wine launched exclusive to Co-op

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Milestone week for Society as we open and relaunch six new stores and a new funeral home

Posted by Rob Smyth | 29/05/2017 | Category: Corporate

Six new or revamped food stores and a new funeral home reopened in the space of a week

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Fridge Tips: How to be a cool customer

Posted by Rob Smyth | 12/05/2017 | Category: Food

Do you go shopping and then return home only to chaotically cram everything into your fridge? If so, then read our tips to keep your food fresher for longer.

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We are supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week

Posted by Rob Smyth | 08/05/2017 | Category: Funerals

Find out how we are supporting Dying Maters Awareness Week

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Top tips on how to get kids interested in food waste

Posted by Rob Smyth | 05/05/2017 | Category: Food

Find out all about ensuring your kids get more from their meals

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Our new look website

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 03/05/2017 | Category: Corporate

Welcome to our new look website with an improved customer experience.

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Responsible Business Week 24-28 April, 2017 - The Marketplace

Posted by Heather Clapton | 28/04/2017 | Category: Corporate

The Marketplace Workgroup, chaired by Louise McFadzean, Head of Finance has worked hard over the last 12 months to increase the flexibility our supplier relationship holders have to negotiate with and pay our smaller suppliers.

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Responsible Business Week 24-28 April, Retailing and the Environment – Responsible & Sustainable

Posted by Heather Clapton | 27/04/2017 | Category: Corporate

Why is sustainability and energy efficiency important for the future? Retailers will inevitably face sustainability and environmental requirements set by government in the coming years, driving the necessity for innovation and investment. Our current environmental targets indicate a 35% carbon reduction by 2018 along with specific targets for water use, waste outputs, increased local suppliers and investing back into our local communities.

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Responsible Business Week 24-28 April - Time To Change - Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

Posted by Heather Clapton | 26/04/2017 | Category: Corporate

Central England Co-operative has signed a pledge to break the silence around mental health for all its colleagues.

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Responsible Business Week 24-28 April Central England Co-operative is the Heart of the Community

Posted by Heather Clapton | 25/04/2017 | Category: Community

Central England Co-operative is a business that places itself in the heart of its communities. The colleagues who work within our stores and homes are members of the communities they serve, meaning they have real insight into the local community issues that matter to members and customers.

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Responsible Business Week 24-28 April, 2017 - Corporate Responsibility Index

Posted by Heather Clapton | 24/04/2017 | Category: Corporate

Central England Co-operative’s commitment to Corporate Responsibility resulted in a raft of successes including a leap from 2.5 stars to 4.5 stars on the BITC CR Index.

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Fun ideas to keep the kids entertained this Easter

Posted by Heather Clapton | 04/04/2017 | Category: Food

School holidays are a time we all remember......

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We have handed out £52,000 to good causes via our Community Dividend Fund

Posted by Rob Smyth | 04/04/2017 | Category: Community

A total of 26 good causes have been boosted thanks to our Community Dividend Fund

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Claim a free Cadbury Crème Egg by taking part in our Easter egg hunt quiz

Posted by Rob Smyth | 31/03/2017 | Category: Food

Find out how to pick up a free Cadbury Creme Egg by playing our Easter egg hunt quiz

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Time to Change - we pledge to raise awareness about mental health

Posted by Rob Smyth | 24/03/2017 | Category: Corporate

Central England Co-operative has vowed to break the silence around mental health by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge.

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Seven Different Things people might not know about Fairtrade

Posted by Heather Clapton | 27/02/2017 | Category: Fairtrade

Seven Different Things people might not know about Fairtrade.

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Thirty-four groups celebrate scooping share of £57,000 Community Dividend funding boost

Posted by Rob Smyth | 06/01/2017 | Category: Community

A diverse range of projects picked from across 16 counties have been handed funding, with the largest single amount given being £5,000.

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Community Dividend Fund success highlighted with inspirational story

Posted by Rob Smyth | 05/01/2017 | Category: Community

Watch a special film about the inspriational story of youngster Harry Moseley

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89 charities and groups handed share of £160,000 Community Dividend Fund

Posted by Rob Smyth | 02/01/2017 | Category: Community

A total of 89 groups and charities were supported during the past 12 months as a result of applying to the Society's Community Dividend Fund.

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Co-operative Travel spreads some festive cheer with Santa’s Suitcase appeal

Posted by Rob Smyth | 14/12/2016 | Category: Travel

'Thank you' issued to customers who helped collected hundreds of presents for those in need this Christmas

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Golden Ticket Giveaway means Christmas comes early for customers and members

Posted by Rob Smyth | 05/12/2016 | Category: Food

Christmas has come early as part of our Golden Ticket Giveaway!

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Step by step guide on how to build a gingerbread house with the kids this Christmas

Posted by Rob Smyth | 02/12/2016 | Category: Food

Keep the kids happy this Christmas by making a festive gingerbread house

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Community impact is at the heart of future strategy for growth & development

Posted by Jo Baldock | 30/11/2016 | Category: Community

Central England Co-operative has invested £1,191,000 in the local community during 2015/16. 

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Remember a loved one this Christmas and help raise money for charity

Posted by Rob Smyth | 29/11/2016 | Category: Funerals

Find out how you can remember a loved one and support local charities this Christmas

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‘What’s your flavour’ ice cream competition

Posted by Jo Baldock | 18/11/2016 | Category: Competitions

Join in the fun with our ‘What’s your flavour’ ice cream competition! 

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Key dates for your diary in the run up to Christmas

Posted by Rob Smyth | 18/11/2016 | Category: Food

Get a helping hand from Central England Co-operative as December 25 grows near

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Central England Co-operative travel branches get into the Christmas spirit

Posted by Jo Baldock | 10/11/2016 | Category: Community

Help us to fill Santa’s Suitcase this Christmas! 

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Hear from groups in Brundall as the first round of community grants are awarded

Posted by Jo Baldock | 03/11/2016 | Category: Community

Three community groups in Brundall share £2,677 thanks to Central England Co-operative's Brundall Community Grants to fund their local good causes. 

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How to get the best out of snacks and nibbles this festive season

Posted by Rob Smyth | 03/11/2016 | Category: Community

Read our hints on how to Love Food Hate Waste this winter

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We have handed out £42,555 to good causes via our Community Dividend Fund

Posted by Rob Smyth | 31/10/2016 | Category: Community

A total of 26 good causes shared £42, 555 as part of the latest Community Dividend payout.

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Leading Brilliance Awards - celebrating our stars

Posted by Jo Baldock | 18/10/2016 | Category: Corporate

Delighted to recognise our star performers at the recent Leading Brilliance Awards. 

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Defibrillators placed in the heart of the community to help save lives

Posted by Rob Smyth | 14/10/2016 | Category: Community

We are pleased to announce that lifesaving pieces of equipment have now been placed in the heart of the community across our trading area.

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Enjoy a bit of luxury with our new Irresistible range

Posted by Rob Smyth | 12/10/2016 | Category: Food

Why not treat yourself to a little bit of luxury with the new Irresistible range from Central England Co-operative?

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Check out our spookily good deals this Halloween

Posted by Rob Smyth | 06/10/2016 | Category: Food

Central England Co-operative offers up some spookily good deals this Halloween

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Paul’s #mycooppledge journey

Posted by Jo Baldock | 04/10/2016 | Category: Community

Paul Fairhurst, Head of Risk and Compliance, completed the half Iron Man Challenge in September. Read about his journey here. 

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Over £11,000 raised during World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Posted by Rob Smyth | 30/09/2016 | Category: Community

Central England Co-operative Funeralcare thanks locals for raising over £11,000 during World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

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Top 10 early Christmas treats you can pick up today at your local Co-op

Posted by Jo Baldock | 22/09/2016 | Category: Food

Top 10 products you can enjoy now and throughout the festive season. 

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Skydiving Mel from Skegby Co-op food store raises funds for Newlife charity

Posted by Jo Baldock | 22/09/2016 | Category: Community

Skydiving Mel raises funds for Newlife charity. 

 

 

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University survival kit: Offering hints and tips to parents and students

Posted by Rob Smyth | 15/09/2016 | Category: Community

Top tips and advice for students and parents

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Newlife local - our bid to help raise £1.5 million for disabled children

Posted by Rob Smyth | 09/09/2016 | Category: Community

Central England Co-operative pledges to raise £1.5 million for disabled children

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Top tips and top products as kids get set to head back to school

Posted by Rob Smyth | 31/08/2016 | Category: Community

Mums and dads! Get some top tips as your children get set to head back to school.

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Central England Co-operative played a major part in successful Lichfield Food Festival

Posted by Rob Smyth | 30/08/2016 | Category: Community

We helped entertain thousands of people as part of a successful Lichfield Food Festival.

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Time 2 Give - Help us to make a difference this Autumn

Posted by Jo Baldock | 25/08/2016 | Category: Community

Staff at Central England Co-operative have time to give, specifically three days a year to volunteer and whilst we have loads of energy and enthusiasm to make a real difference, sometimes finding the right opportunities can be harder than you would think.


 

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Seven facts you need to know about The Great British Bake Off from Central England Co-operative

Posted by Rob Smyth | 22/08/2016 | Category: Food

Facts and products based around The Great British Bake Off

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£55,000 given to schools, sports groups and more

Posted by Rob Smyth | 11/08/2016 | Category: Community

Thirty-five groups are celebrating after  the latest payout from the Community Dividend Fund.

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Seven amazing facts about the 2016 Olympic Games

Posted by Rob Smyth | 04/08/2016 | Category: Food

Here are some amazing facts and figures about the 2016 Olympic Games.

 

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Bear-illiant idea raises Funds for Children’s Hospital in Birmingham

Posted by Rob Smyth | 15/07/2016 | Category: Community

Our Funeralcare team transported a bandaged-up teddy bear all across the West Midlands area to raise vital funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

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The Big Co-op Clean - A tremendous effort

Posted by Jo Baldock | 11/07/2016 | Category: Community

25 events, 700 volunteering hours - a tremendous effort for the Big Co-op Clean

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Quinton Food Store has had a refurb!

Posted by Rob Smyth | 08/07/2016 | Category: Food

Central England Co-operative opened the doors to its refurbished store at Quinton today, Friday 8 July.

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Microbrewery gets set to toast its success after launching ales

Posted by Rob Smyth | 08/07/2016 | Category: Food

A burgeoning real ale brewery is raising a glass to the news that its products are now being stocked by Central England Co-operative.

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Best foot forward for Store Manager ahead of 100-Mile charity trek

Posted by Rob Smyth | 08/07/2016 | Category: Community

A Central England Co-operative store manager is getting ready to swap his work shoes for his walking boots as he gets set to undertake a 100-mile sponsored walk for two good causes.

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Lifesaving Defibrillator Installed at the Co-op store, in Hickings Lane, Stapleford

Posted by Rob Smyth | 01/07/2016 | Category: Community

Lifesaving Defibrillator Installed Thanks To Joint Funded Efforts Of Central England Co-operative And Community Group

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Grab the perfect tennis survival kit as Wimbledon gets under way

Posted by Rob Smyth | 24/06/2016 | Category: Food

We are serving up some fantastic treats for tennis fans by coming up with the perfect survival kit to help fans of Andy Murray and co enjoy the tournament at SW19 over the next couple of weeks.

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Co-operatives Fortnight – ‘The Big Co-op Clean’ 18 June – 2 July 2016

Posted by Jo Baldock | 21/06/2016 | Category: Community

At Central England Co-operative we are committed to making a real difference to our local communities

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We are the leading Co-operative of the Year 2016

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 20/06/2016 | Category: Community

Central England Co-operative wins Leading Co-operative of the Year 2016

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Euro 2016: The perfect food to enjoy during the top group games

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/06/2016 | Category: Food

Euro 2016: The perfect food to enjoy during the top group games

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Martyn’s Bloom Pledge

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 03/06/2016 | Category: Community

Our Chief Executive, Martyn Cheatle, shares with us his Bloom commitments for a healthy, balanced lifestyle......

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Get Volunteering!

Posted by Jo Baldock | 03/06/2016 | Category: Community

Central England Co-operative has committed to volunteering each colleague for up to three days a year to support a wide range of events and beneficiaries.

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We have hosted 42 events to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week

Posted by Jo Baldock | 23/05/2016 | Category: Funerals

Central England Co-operative has hosted 42 events to support Dying Matters at its funeral homes, crematorium, local hospitals and community centres to encourage people to talk freely about dying.

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Helping budding mechanics fulfil their dreams

Posted by Jo Baldock | 23/05/2016 | Category: Corporate

Budding mechanics at Stephenson College in Leicestershire will find it easier to get a foot on the career ladder after taking delivery of two heavy goods vehicles donated by Central England Co-operative.

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Why vote for us

Posted by Jo Baldock | 22/05/2016 | Category: Corporate

One of the UK’s largest independent retail societies, Central England Co-operative is a huge sector success story. With over 430 outlets, from the heart of England to its eastern shore, our continued growth in retail food and funeral services is built on a strong ethical philosophy which is breaking new ground.

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National Sandwich Week - Rosie

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/05/2016 | Category: Food

Our first blog of the week for National Sandwich Week from Rosie.

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Dying Matters Awareness Week

Posted by Jo Baldock | 06/05/2016 | Category: Funerals

Central England Co-operative is holding drop in events to support Dying Matters at numerous locations in order to encourage the community to talk freely about dying.

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Fleckney Food Store Relaunch

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 22/04/2016 | Category: Community

All the details about the Fleckney food store relaunch

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Bloom - A recipe for Healthy Living

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 07/04/2016 | Category: Corporate

This March we launched Bloom, a health and wellbeing programme focused on helping you to feel great.

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Support for Fairtrade Fortnight

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 06/04/2016 | Category: Fairtrade

Central England Co-operative colleagues and members have pulled out all the stops to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2016. Fairtrade ensures better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms for farmers and workers across the world. The Co-operative has a long history with the Fairtrade movement, having stocked products since 1992. We are well known for our ethical approach to business and our extensive work with local communities.

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£78,000 goes to Sports, Arts, Kids and more!

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 05/04/2016 | Category: Community

Thirty-three charities have benefited in the latest payout from Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund. In total over £78,000 has been distributed to a diverse range of projects.

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Destination Glenfield - Relaunches Friday 8th April

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 04/04/2016 | Category: Food

Week 13 of the amazing transformation of the Glenfield store.

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New Look Oakham - Week 4

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 14/03/2016 | Category: Community

Week 4 of the incredible transformation of the new look Oakham store.

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New Look Oakham - Week 3

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 01/03/2016 | Category: Community

Week 3 of the amazing transformation of the new look Oakham store.

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Bloom – 14 pledges to consider for #mycooppledge

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 01/03/2016 | Category: Community

To launch the Bloom initiative we are asking you to make a #mycooppledge via Twitter.  The pledge can be anything that you would like to improve on in 2016.

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Destination Glenfield - Week 7

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 29/02/2016 | Category: Community

Week 7 of the amazing transformation of the Glenfield store.

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New Look Oakham - Week 2

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 23/02/2016 | Category: Community

Week 2 of the amazing transformation of the new look Oakham store.

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New Look Oakham - Week 1

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 18/02/2016 | Category: Community

Week 1 of the amazing transformation of the new look Oakham store.

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Destination Glenfield - Week 6

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 18/02/2016 | Category: Community

Week 6 of the amazing transformation of the Glenfield store.

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Destination Glenfield - Week 5

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/02/2016 | Category: Community

Week 5 of the amazing transformation of the Glenfield store.

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Destination Glenfield - Week 4

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 01/02/2016 | Category: Community

Week 4 of the Glenfield transformation.

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Destination Glenfield - Week 3

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 27/01/2016 | Category: Community

Our Glenfield supermarket continues to transform.

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Destination Glenfield - Week 2

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 18/01/2016 | Category: Community

Our Glenfield supermarket continues to transform.

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Destination Glenfield - Week 1

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 12/01/2016 | Category: Community

Our Glenfield supermarket is undertaking quite the transformation.

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The origins of Halloween

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 31/10/2015 | Category: Food

If you think Halloween was invented by Steven Spielberg in ET, think again!

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Central England Co-operative - Interim Report Film 2015

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 20/10/2015 | Category: Corporate

Watch the video of our interim report 2015

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The Big Freeze – October 2015

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 14/10/2015 | Category: Community

Come and join us Friday 16th October in Birmingham for the Big Freeze.

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New charges for single-use carrier bags

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 14/09/2015 | Category: Community

A charge of 5p for all single-use carrier bags will come into effect in all Central England Co-operative stores from 5th October 2015.

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Journey to a Job 2015

Posted by Jane Firth | 03/09/2015 | Category: Community

Working with Jobcentre Plus, Central England Co-operative are facilitating 2-day workshops during September that will provide young people with a helping hand in their search for a job.

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Sale of Lincoln Motor Dealership

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 03/08/2015 | Category:

The Society have announced the sale of the Co-operative Motor Dealership in Lincoln to Pentagon Motor Holdings Limited.

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20 unique ways to remember a lost loved one - Part 1

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 06/07/2015 | Category: Funerals

I have put together my 20 personal favourite ways to commemorate a loved one from different cultures from around the globe.  These are not endorsed in any way by Central England Co-op, but hopefully they will give you some food for thought.

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Join us in celebrating Co-operatives Fortnight

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 18/06/2015 | Category: Corporate

Details on Co-operatives Fortnight runs from 20th June to 4th July

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Central England Co-operative’s electrical sales event

Posted by David Thompson | 19/04/2015 | Category: Corporate

Starting this month, Central England Co-operative will be holding a big electrical clearance event in selected stores.

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Creating a buzz in schools during May- July #getthebuzz

Posted by Katie Sohal | 08/04/2015 | Category: Community

Free #getthebuzz workshops for local primary schools during May- July at the East of England Showground and College Farm Aldeby, Norfolk

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SENse to Aspire scheme

Posted by Katie Sohal | 18/03/2015 | Category: Community

Every young person, particularly those facing social disadvantage should receive support to enable them to build a successful working life.

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Gluten Free - free samples events

Posted by David Thompson | 01/03/2015 | Category: Food

We are happy to announce that starting next week, select Central England Co-operative stores will be holding sampling events for great tasting gluten-free food from the delicious NO.G Too Good To Be Gluten Free range.

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St David’s Day

Posted by David Thompson | 27/02/2015 | Category: Community

This Sunday (1st March) is St David’s Day, commemorating the life of the patron saint of Wales.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

Posted by David Thompson | 23/02/2015 | Category: Fairtrade

This Monday marks the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight (23rd February to 8th March) and to celebrate we have a number of great deals on our Fairtrade products.

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Explore our job opportunities with Co-opportunities

Posted by Dan Poole | 20/02/2015 | Category: Corporate

We are pleased to announce a new feature on our recently launched careers website, now making it even easier and convenient for you to discover all of our latest vacancies in one simple click.

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Chinese New Year – goat or sheep?

Posted by David Thompson | 18/02/2015 | Category: Food

Chinese New Year is here, and 2015 (19th February) is the year of the goat according to the Chinese zodiac cycle…or is that the sheep? 

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Nominations invited for Board Elections

Posted by David Thompson | 09/02/2015 | Category: Membership

Nominations are now invited for the Board Elections in April 2015. All eligible members* have until 5.00pm on Monday 2 March to submit a nomination.

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Making it more than just ‘Mum’s Day Off’

Posted by Katie Sohal | 02/02/2015 | Category:

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and we want to wish all you wonderful Mama’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day!

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Say it with flowers – Floral tributes

Posted by David Thompson | 19/01/2015 | Category: Funerals

Floral tributes are often a fitting way to say a special farewell to a loved one. Bespoke tributes offer a personal touch when paying your final respects, reflecting something special to that person in life.

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My Co-op Community In-store Events

Posted by David Thompson | 15/01/2015 | Category: Community

To celebrate the launch of our new My Co-op Community website, over the coming months we will have community representatives in our stores to discuss just how we can help fund local projects in your community and answer any questions you might have about our scheme.

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My Co-op Community Website Launch

Posted by David Thompson | 05/01/2015 | Category: Community

Happy New Year everyone! At Central England Co-operative we are celebrating 2015 with the launch of our new communities’ website My Co-op Community.

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Festive Food Bank Awareness Weekend

Posted by David Thompson | 11/12/2014 | Category: Community

Central England Co-operative, in partnership with local food banks, is hosting a Food Bank Awareness Weekend on Friday (12th) and Saturday (13th) December to help alleviate food poverty across our trading area.

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Store Launches Page Launched

Posted by David Thompson | 05/11/2014 | Category: Corporate

Central England Co-operative is happy to announce it’s now easier than ever to find out everything you need to know about your new upcoming stores and any planned refurbishments to enhance your shopping experience with us.

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New Careers Website

Posted by Dan Poole | 30/10/2014 | Category: Corporate

Central England Co-operative is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new and improved careers website www.cecjobs.coop, now featuring a helpful CV builder and more.

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Your Food Your Waste Workshops

Posted by David Thompson | 13/10/2014 | Category: Community

Central England Co-operative, as part of its partnership with waste prevention agency WRAP, is teaching Year 6 students in Oldbury, Erdington, Northfield and Stirchley about the effects of food waste on the environment.

Classes will be making delicious smoothies using leftover fruit and producing creative artworks on food waste that will be displayed in schools and at our local stores.

Stay tuned for more details and photos on the rest of our upcoming visits to schools in the Birmingham area by visiting our new Your Food Your Waste website.

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20 unique ways to remember a lost loved one - Part 2

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 27/09/2014 | Category: Funerals

Here is the 2nd part of my 20 personal favourite ways to commemorate a loved one from different cultures from around the globe.  These are not endorsed in any way by Central England Co-op, but hopefully they will give you some food for thought.

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Newlife - £1/2 million charity milestone

Posted by Joy Welch | 13/08/2014 | Category: Community

The Story So Far . . . £500,000 For Disabled And Terminally Ill Children

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Pick of the crop - Eat locally, seasonally and healthily!

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 18/07/2014 | Category: Corporate

Join us today to try something new, seasonal, local and healthy!

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Corporate Responsibility - What are we doing?

Posted by Maryann Denfhy | 10/07/2014 | Category: Corporate

Find out how Central England Co-op are making a difference today for a better tomorrow.

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Easy Eating - Join us for some culinary blogging!

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 24/06/2014 | Category: Competitions

Do you love cooking food and writing about it? If you do, we would love to hear from you.

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The Top 10 Most Popular Songs Played at Funerals

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/06/2014 | Category: Funerals

Compiled from a Co-op Funeralcare survey in 2012. What would you choose?

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Fillet Steak with Peppercorn Sauce

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/06/2014 | Category: Recipes

Here is a simple, yet tasty recipe for the weekend.

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Rhubarb Crumble Muffins Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/06/2014 | Category: Recipes

Fabulous with a cup of 99 tea or as a desert served with some ice cream.

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The 100 wackiest Cat & Dog Pet Names – Part 1 (Cats)

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/06/2014 | Category: Community

In this first part, we look at the 50 strangest cat names found from around the globe.

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The 100 wackiest Cat & Dog Pet Names – Part 2 (Dogs)

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/06/2014 | Category: Corporate

In this second part, we look at the 50 strangest dog names from around the globe.

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Amazing Quinoa and Tofu Recipe (vegetarian)

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/06/2014 | Category: Recipes

A tasty recipe and a great alternative to those summer salads!

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BBQ Turkey Steaks with Lemon Garlic and Mint Marinade - Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/06/2014 | Category: Recipes

A recipe for a tasty BBQ alternative to a burnt banger!

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Mexican style fajitas recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/06/2014 | Category: Recipes

Here is a tasty recipe for Mexican fajitas.

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Home made Burgers Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/06/2014 | Category: Recipes

An easy to follow and tasty recipe for homemade burgers.

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Pear and Apple Tarte Tatin Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/06/2014 | Category: Recipes

Fruit and pastry; one of the world's great taste combinations, as show cased in this fantastic recipe.

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Roast Beef with Yorkshire Puddings - Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 22/04/2014 | Category: Recipes

Here is a recipe for the king of the Sunday roasts.

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Easter Cake Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 16/04/2014 | Category: Recipes

It’s the weekend and that must mean that it’s time for cake!

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Easter Chocolate Torte Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 16/04/2014 | Category: Recipes

Our final recipe for Easter Sunday is a fitting climax to the big meal.

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Easter Lemon Cake Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 16/04/2014 | Category: Recipes

The countdown to Easter Sunday continues with this delicious recipe for lemon cake.

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Hot Cross Buns - Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 15/04/2014 | Category: Recipes

Our Easter build-up continues with this tasty recipe for hot cross buns.

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Perfect Roast Potatoes - Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 15/04/2014 | Category: Recipes

A recipe to help you make the perfect roast potatoes

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Lola’s Easter Nests Recipes

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 14/04/2014 | Category: Recipes

Another simple Easter recipe that can involve all the family.

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Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Leg of Lamb

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 11/04/2014 | Category: Recipes

Our countdown to Easter Sunday continues with this classic lamb recipe, ideal for a Spring Sunday lunch.

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Easter Biscuits Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/04/2014 | Category: Recipes

Try this fun little recipe if you want something to help keep the kids entertained during Easter.

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Easter Chocolate Cakes Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 07/04/2014 | Category: Recipes

More tasty Easter treats for all the family to make.  

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Helen’s Stuffed Chicken

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 13/03/2014 | Category: Food

Fancy doing something different with your chicken?  Try this tasty recipe for stuffed chicken.

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Victoria Sponge - Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 13/03/2014 | Category: Food

Check out this scrumptious recipe for a light and fluffy Victoria Sponge

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Delicious Chicken Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 11/03/2014 | Category: Food

If you’re looking for a delicious meal for the whole family to enjoy, why not try this delicious Chicken and Mushroom Risotto recipe?

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Fairtrade Chocolate Truffles

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 09/03/2014 | Category: Fairtrade

A luxrious and indulgent recipe for Fairtrade Chocolate Truffles to continue our celebrations of Fairtrade Fortnight.

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Fairtrade Grated Apple, Honey & Banana Wraps

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 08/03/2014 | Category: Fairtrade

Another scrumptious recipe to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, this time around we have Grated apple, honey & banana wraps.

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Fairtrade Tea Bread

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 07/03/2014 | Category: Fairtrade

The Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations continue with this easy to prepare Tea Bread.

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Fairtrade Blueberry and Lemon Crumble Muffins

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 06/03/2014 | Category: Fairtrade

A recipe detailing how to make delicious Fairtrade Blueberry and Lemon Crumble Muffins, continuing our celebrations of Fairtrade Fortnight.

 

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Fairtrade Spicy Chai - Recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 05/03/2014 | Category: Fairtrade

A recipe detailing how to make your very own spicy Chai to help celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.

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Fairtrade Strawberry and Banana Pancake Cones

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 04/03/2014 | Category: Fairtrade

Looking for something innovative, yet tasty to prepare for Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)?  How about these delicious Fairtrade Strawberry and Banana Pancake Cones?

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Fairtrade Orange Cheesecake

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 01/03/2014 | Category: Fairtrade

Our Fairtrade Fortnight.celebrations continue with this cracking recipe for a Orange Cheesecake.

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Fairtrade Tea and Honey Cake

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 28/02/2014 | Category: Fairtrade

A recipe detailing how to make a scrumptious Fairtrade Tea and Honey Cake to help celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.

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Fairtrade Choca Mocha Cake recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 27/02/2014 | Category: Fairtrade

A recipe detailing how to make this amazing Fairtrade Choca Mocha Cake to help celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.

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Fairtrade Banana Ice Cream

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 26/02/2014 | Category: Fairtrade

A recipe detailing how to make this brilliant Fairtrade Banana Ice Cream to help celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.

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Fairtrade Fruit and Nut Chocolate Brownies

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 25/02/2014 | Category: Food

An easy to follow recipe for Fairtrade Fruit and Nut Chocolate Brownies 

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Fairtrade Beef and Noodle Stir Fry

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 24/02/2014 | Category: Fairtrade

Our celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight (24th Feb – 9th March) continues here with a really tasty beef and noodle stir fry.

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Fish Fingers with wedged chips

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 21/02/2014 | Category: Food

To celebrate national chip week, here is a very quick and easy recipe for fish fingers and wedged chips.

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A healthy fish pie recipe

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 15/01/2014 | Category: Food

Want to eat healthier food in the New Year, but don't want to sacrifice on taste? Here is a simple fish pie recipe that is packed with flavour but is also a little lighter on the calories.

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Saffron Acres: Our story from soil to store

Posted by Maryann Denfhy | 04/12/2013 | Category: Community

How Saffron Acres went from growing plums to selling spiced plum jam in one of the UK’s largest consumer co-operatives! 

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Have you seen our reindeer?

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 12/11/2013 | Category: Community

Join in the fun this Christmas and spot the reindeer hidden in the aisles for Newlife charity.

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Co-operation amongst co-operatives

Posted by Maryann Denfhy | 05/11/2013 | Category: Corporate

Watch Gill, our store manager at the Northfield store, talk Co-operative.

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Happy Halloween!

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 29/10/2013 | Category: Community

It’s Halloween week and while some of you have already celebrated over the last weekend, All Hallows’ Eve is yet to officially arrive.

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Loved by Us

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 13/09/2013 | Category: Food

Introducing a brand new and delicious range of Loved by Us food...

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Lichfield Food Festival

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 29/08/2013 | Category: Community

We're celebrating the best in local produce this weekend from Saturday 31 August to Sunday 1 September.

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Fresh Fish Fridays in Lichfield

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 27/08/2013 | Category: Food

Fancy some fish for Fresh Fish Friday?

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Win a pair of tickets to Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 2013

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 23/08/2013 | Category: Community

WIN a pair of tickets to see the Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 2013

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Year One on Midlands Co-operative Graduate Scheme

Posted by Maryann Denfhy | 21/08/2013 | Category: Corporate

Find out how Joanne has got on so far on her graduate scheme.

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We love Lichfield!

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 19/08/2013 | Category: Community

Find out what we're getting up to in Lichfield over the next few weeks.weeks.

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A Twizy adventure!

Posted by David Orriell | 14/08/2013 | Category:

We were visited by a couple who drove their Renault Twizy from Germany, via our dealership on their way to Scotland! 

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Afternoon tea week

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 14/08/2013 | Category: Food

Celebrate this British tradition with tea and cake!

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Journey to a job

Posted by Maryann Denfhy | 12/08/2013 | Category: Community

Are you, or do you know a 16-25 year old, not in employment, education or training?

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Shepley Society

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 08/08/2013 | Category: Community

Find out about our new store, coming to Shepley.

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Pimm’s, lemon and mint jelly

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 16/07/2013 | Category: Food

A British summer dessert - with no fat and no sugar! 

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Loved, local and trusted on Holmcroft Road

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 02/07/2013 | Category: Community

Colleagues at Holmcroft Road have nominated their most-loved customer!

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Loved, Local, Trusted

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 27/06/2013 | Category: Community Matters

Who is loved, local and trusted in your community?

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Meet Zoe

Posted by David Orriell | 25/06/2013 | Category:

Test drive the Renault Zoe at our dealership in Lincolnshire.

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Co-operatives Fortnight

Posted by Maryann Denfhy | 24/06/2013 | Category: Community

Help us celebrate Co-operatives Fortnight 2013!

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National Picnic Week

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 18/06/2013 | Category: Food

It's National Picnic Week! In addition to sausage rolls and scotch eggs, give this recipe a try.

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Happy Father’s Day from Hobsons Brewery

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 10/06/2013 | Category: Community

Remember to pick up your Father's Day gift! 

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Funkie Food and Ale

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 07/06/2013 | Category: Food

Try this Hobsons Brewery inspired recipe for a yummy dessert!

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A small energy company with a massive difference

Posted by Maryann Denfhy | 04/06/2013 | Category: Community

Find out how the Co-operative Energy is different from other energy providers.

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For the love of Lucy

Posted by David Orriell | 31/05/2013 | Category: Community

Find out how we helped one girl get the £9000 wheelchair she needed.

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Barbecue weather?

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 29/05/2013 | Category: Retail Food

How are you celebrating National BBQ Week? This is how we are...

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Keeping children safe at Safeside Co-operative

Posted by Maryann Denfhy | 22/05/2013 | Category: Social responsibility

Find out more about our unique food store in Birmingham's Eastside

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The energy saving co-operative

Posted by Maryann Denfhy | 20/05/2013 | Category: Community Matters

Find out how to save energy with The energy saving co-operative

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Test drive a mazda6 and visit Lincolnshire show for free

Posted by David Orriell | 20/05/2013 | Category: Motors

Midlands Co-operative Mazda is gearing up for the return of the annual Lincolnshire Show on 19-20th June, with a free ticket giveaway!

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Scoring a hat-trick at the HIM CTP Awards!

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 20/05/2013 | Category: Retail Food

Find out which awards we picked up at the HIM! CTP awards ceremony last Thursday night.

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100% British

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 10/05/2013 | Category: Retail Food

Do you support British? Get a delicious 100% British roast pork recipe.

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Members meetings - get involved!

Posted by Maryann Denfhy | 17/04/2013 | Category: Community Matters

Find out how you can get involved at your local Members' Meeting

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Please tell us what you think

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 15/04/2013 | Category: Retail Food

Tell us what you think of our stores and services, plus get a delicious, quick and simple tortilla recipe!

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Our mobile store for new Wirksworth site

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 08/04/2013 | Category: Retail Food

Our society promotional vehicle became a store over night while we refurbished our new store and filling station in Wirksworth. 

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Our award-winning Harley Davidson franchise

Posted by David Orriell | 02/04/2013 | Category: Motors

Love motorbikes? Visit our award-winning Harley Davidson franchise. 

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Easter eggs

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 22/03/2013 | Category: Retail Food

What's your favourite way to eat eggs? Here's the recipe for my favourite.

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Mission Firefly - a winning project

Posted by Maryann Denfhy | 22/03/2013 | Category: Retail Food

 

Check out our award-winning video from the Golden Hedgehog awards.
 

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Introducing Andrew from Customer Service

Posted by Andrew Fouracre | 18/03/2013 | Category: Retail Food

Introducing our customer service manager and how to create a quick and yummy salad.

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The road to eco driving

Posted by David Orriell | 01/03/2013 | Category: Motors

Tired of rising fuel prices? Looking for a greener drive? Try the Renault Twizy.

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Fairtrade Fortnight

Posted by Phil Hills | 25/02/2013 | Category: Community Matters

Fairtrade Fortnight has begun! We're giving 20% off our range of Fairtrade products. How will you be taking a step for Fairtrade? 

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National Chip Week

Posted by Phil Hills | 19/02/2013 | Category: Retail Food

How do you like your chips? Let us know and give this recipe a try! 

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Track the Truck Competition

Posted by Stephen Beresford | 18/02/2013 | Category: Charity

Have you seen our Newlife branded lorries? Let us know where and when and you could win a prize!

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The Rocket Hearse

Posted by Stephen Beresford | 15/02/2013 | Category: Funeral Care

Have you ever thought about how you would want to celebrate your life?

 


 

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The Perfect Valentine’s Meal, Part 2 – The Main & Dessert

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 11/02/2013 | Category: Food

Complete your perfect Valentine's evening with this tasty main & scrumptious dessert.

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Our Business Graduate Scheme

Posted by Stephen Beresford | 04/02/2013 | Category: Retail Nonfood

Hear what our business graduate has been up to so far on her placement. 

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The Perfect Valentine’s Meal, Part 1 – The Starter

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 03/02/2013 | Category: Food

Show your partner you really love them - stay in and cook for them!

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Fantastic February!

Posted by Phil Hills | 01/02/2013 | Category: Retail Food

Now into the second month of 2013, it promises to bring us a succession of events for us to eat lots of delcious food!

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Customers’ Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Stephen Beresford | 18/01/2013 | Category: Community Matters

Got a question for us? Find the answer or ask us here.

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Chilli Chicken & Chorizo One Pot Recipe

Posted by Phil Hills | 17/01/2013 | Category: Retail Food

This hearty recipe is the perfect comfort food for the winter nights and comes from local food blogger, Gingey Bites.

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Students: How to Cook on a Budget

Posted by Phil Hills | 11/01/2013 | Category: Retail Food

If you're living on a budget, here are some filling and hearty meal ideas to get you through the week.

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