West Midlands florists win major award at Central England Co-operative’s annual awards

A team of West Midlands florists with a passion for supporting the community have been handed a major award for their efforts.

Great Barr Florist, based in Walsall Road, is celebrating after scooping the Community Advocate of the Year gong at Central England Co-operative’s Leading Brilliance Awards.

The team were handed the award for being involved in a range of different projects to support the community, including supporting charities linked to helping people with dementia, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Newlife, Team Cat Rescue, Salvation Army and the Royal British Legion.

They also look to brighten up the local area by creating a wide variety of window displays to bring the high street to life.

The team were handed their award 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: The Great Barr Florist team accept their 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 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 at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop