Co-op colleagues to get extra week’s pay as reward for their hard work, dedication and supporting the community

Central England Co-op is rewarding its 7,400 frontline colleagues for going above and beyond for their communities with a pay bonus.

The business is saying ‘thank you’ to its colleagues in stores for keeping them stocked with vital food and essentials, its distribution team based in Leicester for working around the clock to ensure the delivery of vital stock reach stores and funeral staff for going the extra mile to support families who have a lost a loved one at this uncertain time.

All frontline colleagues will receive an extra week’s pay in June in recognition of their incredible efforts in the past few weeks as well as seeing their colleague discount doubled to 20% until the end of the same month.

A total of 7,400 colleagues will be awarded the pay bonus.

Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op Chief Executive, said: “Our colleagues have been doing a tremendous job ensuring our communities continue to have access to vital essentials and services during this uncertain time.

“Our teams in food stores and distribution have worked around the clock to ensure that our stores stay open and communities can stay safe while getting the food they need.

“Our funeral colleagues have been there for the families of loved ones in our care.

“This is why, in the spirit of co-operation, we are rewarding colleagues on the frontline in our stores, distribution hubs and funeral homes with one week’s extra pay in June in recognition of their phenomenal support.

“This reward is just one of the ways we are saying thank you and showcasing the importance of our frontline workers in helping keep our communities safe and supported.”

This bonus comes after the Society brought forward its annual share of profits and increased its colleague discount earlier this month as a ‘thank you’ to all those who have gone above and beyond at this time

The retailer has reduced its food store opening hours to allow colleagues to clean stores and replenish shelves with food and essentials as well as ensuring they get more time with their families to rest and recuperate.

People can visit out online hub at  to view a special video detailing the bonus for colleagues by Central England Co-op’s Executive Team.


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Picture caption: Central England Co-op store colleague.


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.


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