Central England Co-op gets set to host its first-ever online Members’ Meeting

Central England Co-op is getting set to host its first-ever online members’ meeting to shine a light on the past 12 months and update members on effort to support local communities impacted by the Coronavirus.

The Society, which operates over 400 food stores, funeral homes and travel shops across 16 counties, will go live from 7pm on Wednesday 17 June, featuring a wide variety of subjects.

Normally, 12 meetings are held in April in venues across its trading estate spanning from Birmingham to Norfolk to update Members and provide them with the chance to ask questions of the Board  and Executive Team.

However, due to restrictions put in place due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Society quickly acted and organised its first-ever online version of the meetings to ensure Members continue to be informed.

Elaine Dean, Society President, said: “Due to the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus, our Board of Directors took the decision in March to postpone the Society’s Annual Members’ Meetings which were scheduled to take place at the end of April.

“We are now pleased to announce our plans to hold our first-ever online Members’ Meeting to help us keep in touch and provide updates on what we are doing to support our communities during this global pandemic.

“We would love to see each and every one of our members in person for our annual meetings and cannot wait until we do again, but, in the meantime, we hope you will log in on Wednesday 17 June and be part of an exciting first for the Society.

“Everyone is welcome and we want to have as many people as possible there; Members, colleagues and interested customers.

“Now, more than ever, coming together democratically to exercise our shared co-operative values is crucial.

“As a co-operative society, Members are at the centre of everything we do, and we want to hear from as many of you as possible, from Burton, to Kettering, Chesterfield to Lowestoft, Peterborough to Holmfirth.

“With the use of technology, and no small measure of determination, we’ll do everything we can to host an inclusive, involving event with more Members than ever before, meeting in one space, together.”

Members can find out all they need to know about the online Members’ Meeting by visiting www.members.coop

Anyone who would like to take part and is not a Member can join by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop


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About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral, travel and property investment.


Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish. 


Our 7,900 colleagues who serve Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.


Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 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. 


We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.


We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.3 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.


Visit www.centralengland.coop for more information or follow us on Facebook or Twitter using @mycoopfood



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