Central England Co-operative appoints Paul Dennis as Head of Food Retail

Central England Co-operative can today announce that Paul Dennis has joined the business as the Society’s Head of Food Retail.

Paul previously worked as Head of Operations at the Society and re-joins the retailer after holding senior leadership positions with Conviviality Retail PLC, My Local Convenience Group and, most recently, as Retail Director at Motor Fuel Group Limited.

The new role will see Paul leading the Retail Operations and Store colleague teams across the retail portfolio of over 260 food stores and petrol stations across 16 counties.

He will also take responsibility for the Retail Store proposition and Distribution depots for the Society.

Commenting on his new role, Paul said:  “I’m delighted to be returning to Central England Co-op and I am looking forward to combining my industry retail experience and former knowledge of the Society to help drive our current and future success as well as supporting plans for continued growth and store development.

“I’m especially looking forward to working alongside our amazing store colleagues again and working with the brilliant central teams to shape the continued success of our great customer offer.”

Central England is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 people.  The Society’s principal areas of activity are food, funeral services, and property investment, with over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties.

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                Picture caption: Paul Dennis, Central England Co-operative Head of Food Retail.

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 2019.


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 member 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 members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop


For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative


Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390


Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop