Co-op Members rewarded for their loyalty with share of nearly £1.2 million payout

Central England Co-op can today reveal that it has shared out nearly £1.2 million among its Members as a reward for their loyalty.

The Society, which operates over 400 food stores and funeral homes across 16 counties, has said ‘thank you’ to over 116,000 Members this year, made up of over £528,000 in the first half of the year and £643,000 just in time for Christmas.

Now, shoppers can use their dividend when they next visit a Central England Co-op to pick up food and vital essentials.

The payout has been awarded to members in the following areas: West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Not only do shoppers benefit by being a Member of the Society, but their continued support also allows the business to invest funds into supporting a whole host of important community projects and local good causes.

This included:

  • Pledging over £350,000 to create sustainable spaces on Society land for the local community
  • Offering customers even more choice via the further rollout of home delivery and click and collect via Snappy Shopper while it cut food waste with its partnership with Too Good To Go
  • Its ongoing partnership with FareShare Midlands and over 65 local food banks created millions of meals for children who might otherwise go without and thousands of vital emergency food parcels for families
  • Rewarding 86 good causes with grants from its Community Dividend Fund totalling £84,000 so far

Jim Watts, Central England Co-op Society Secretary, said: “Our Members mean a lot to us and I want to thank them for their loyalty.

“Throughout the year, we give a share of our profits not only to our Members, but to local community groups too. It’s because of them that we’re able to help.

“It’s why membership makes a real difference and it’s thanks to them that we are able to give back to our communities in the way we do.”

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.