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A formal Notice of the Annual General Meeting and Agenda will be displayed in retail stores and on the Society’s website from 3 May 2017.

The Society’s Annual Report will be available at the meeting and can be obtained prior to the meeting from the Secretary, or from the Society’s website, from 3 May 2017.

Connecting the Dots – The Southern Co-operative AGM 2016
The Southern Co-operative Annual General Meeting is our opportunity to share with our valued members the fantastic progress we have made over the past year, review the great work we have undertaken for our local communities and provide our members with the chance to have a say on how our business is run. Over 265 members attended last year’s AGM held at the Madejski Stadium, Reading on the 9th June.

2016 Annual General Meeting highlights:

During the day, members received a business update detailing the success of the last 12 months; had the opportunity to vote on the distribution of our Share of the Profits; learnt who the new Directors to the Board would be; attended workshops to learn the ins and outs of the different sections of our business; and put their questions to the Leadership Team.
Our success over the past 12 months, as always, is down to the hard work and commitment of our colleagues, demonstrating what great team work can achieve and our members, who have continued to support us. People working together for a common purpose – that’s how we connect the dots at The Southern Co-operative.

Below we have shared some of the highlights from the day for those who were unable to attend:

Retail Update

In our retail business, we have seen a huge increase of 38.5% in sales since 2010 and total sales of £360million for the 2015-2016 financial year. Our Local Flavours range, which showcases high quality products sourced locally, also had a fantastic year, with total sales up 10% in 2015. The range has also expanded to now include over 2,000 products and is stocked in 75% of our stores.

End of Life Services Update

In 2015, our End of Life Services helped over 5,200 families with funerals, cremations or natural burial services. We now have 52 funeral homes, and are hoping to open more in the coming years to provide more care over a wider area.

Colleague Development Update

We have been investing more into our colleagues’ development and future through our TSC Academy. The range of training and progression opportunities the TSC Academy provides is enabling colleagues to explore new prospects and reach their full potential. This is showcased by the 81% internal appointment rate for store managers in 2015.

Community Engagement Update

Our commitment to the areas which we serve saw us contribute over £955,000 into our local communities in 2015 through donating goods, funds, time and fundraising. Love Your Neighbourhood, The Southern Co-operative’s new community engagement scheme, was announced on the day. This will see our colleagues engage and support local community groups and charities through donations, goods in kind, fundraising and more. Please pop into your local food store or funeral home from July 2016 to find out more about the new scheme.

Sustainability Update

Since the introduction of the 5p carrier bag levy in October 2015, The Southern Co-operative has seen a 71% reduction in the use of single-use carrier bags. The funds raised by this levy are being distributed back into our local communities through our Love Your Neighbourhood scheme. The installation of LED lighting into all of our food stores and head office in 2015/16 has saved 1,800 tonnes of carbon and £375,000.

An Update from our Charity Partner – Whizz-Kidz

Over the last two years, The Southern Co-operative colleagues have been working hard to raise as much money as possible to support our charity partner, Whizz-Kidz. Whizz-Kidz transforms the lives of disabled children by providing the vital equipment, support and life skills they need, when they need them, giving them the chance to develop their full potential.
George Fielding, Whizz-Kidz Ambassador and Chair of the Kidz Board, passionately revealed how Whizz-Kidz has supported him over the years, providing him with much needed wheelchairs and support. George explained how grateful Whizz-Kidz were for the money raised throughout the two years which has funded bespoke wheelchairs, wheelchair training, Ambassador Club placements and so much more.
Throughout the partnership, The Southern Co-operative colleagues, customers and members have raised a staggering: £506,813 for Whizz-Kidz, with the total expected to increase as the last few pennies are tallied up.

 

Below is the day’s presentation in full, narrated by Mark Smith, Chief Executive:

 

As well as the main AGM, 5 workshops were held. They were (links open in new windows):

  1. A Marriage of Community Engagement and Employment
  2. Understanding Financial Jargon and the Story Behind the Numbers
  3. A Summer ‘Egg’stravaganza
  4. Funeral Trends and the Ways We Say Goodbye
  5. Protect, Conserve and Sustain: The Business of Sustainability

During the Annual General Meeting, our Leadership team held a Q&A session with the audience. The transcript is below (click on image, opens in new window)

Mark Smith, Chief Executive, in front of a screen announcing the Leadership team Q&A session

Please click on the below thumbnails to view photos from the day: