Two Leicester Central England Co-op colleagues scoop major accolades at Leading Brilliance Awards

Two Central England Co-op workers in Leicester have been handed major awards for their ongoing efforts to learn and improve.

Aleksandra Harris, Funeral Administrator at Wyngate Drive Funeral, walked away with Apprentice of the Year, while Customer Services Assistant Lisa Salt, who works at Broughton Astley Food Store, won Learner of the Year at Central England Co-operative’s Leading Brilliance Awards.

Lisa is 28, lives in Markfield and has worked for the retailer for the past five years.

She said: “I am delighted and grateful at being recognised for my own learning and development within the business.

“I am now demonstrating what I have learned by being involved in developing and coaching other team members on their own learning journey.

“I am always looking for new ways to stretch myself more in my current role and considering how I can contribute to the learning of other colleagues who are starting out on their journey.”

Aleksandra and Lisa were handed their awards at a special event held at the Hyatt Hotel, in Birmingham.

The awards are designed to celebrate outstanding achievement, service and commitment for colleagues at Central England Co-op

Martyn Cheatle, Central England Co-operative Chief Executive, said: “Our Leading Brilliance Awards are a great way to recognise the effort that our colleagues make to ensure we are living our values as a co-operative. 

“I am proud to work with such inspirational and co-operative people, who really care about the communities they work and live in and congratulate everyone who won and was shortlisted for an award.”


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Picture caption: Lisa Salt accepts her award from Head of HR Kellee Torr and Chief Executive Martyn Cheatle


Picture caption: Aleksandra Harris accepts her award from Head of HR Kellee Torr and Chief Executive Martyn Cheatle



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 414140


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