Success in the sun as three Central England Co-op Travel branches are named best of the best

Staff at three Co-operative Travel branches are celebrating after being jointly named best of the best at a glamorous award ceremony.

The stores in Thetford, Beccles and March performed so well that judges could not separate them and awarded the trio the coveted Branch of the Year award at an annual retail awards ceremony held in Cyprus.

Paul Dale, Head of Specialist Business, said: “Once again all of our Travel stores have had a great year and the decision to pick the best of the best was a tough one.

“This is why, in 2018, we have awarded not one, not two but three branches of the year because of the way the colleagues have gone above and beyond to help customers.

“They all deserve praise for exceptional performance, commitment, customer service and community involvement.”

It was double delight at the Thetford branch after Clare Slattery was also handed the Outstanding Achievement Award for her work.

This topped off a rewarding 12 months for the Assistant Manager who was also named Colleague of the Year by Central England Co-op, beating off competition from 8,000 other workers to come away with the top award.

She said: “It means a lot to me to win the award as it shows appreciation and recognition for my hard work.

“I feel very privileged to win the award.”

More information about Co-operative Travel branches can be found online at


Notes to editors


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 2018.


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 members 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 or visiting


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Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390


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