Southern Co-op has been very busy during Co-operatives Fortnight. Among our activities we have posted stories of co-operation on social media – Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. By using the hashtag #coopstories we shared our own and others’ stories of co-operation, and showcased colleague stories of co-operation too.
We also approached a few long term community partners and local groups and filmed short videos in which they talk about their work and how Southern Co-op has supported them in their venture. We filmed 10 videos which we promoted daily on Facebook and a few times a week on Twitter. All videos and the podcast are hosted here: http://www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/about-us/#tab-id-5
On 27 June, Southern Co-op was the feature post on the Co-operatives UK social channels – https://www.uk.coop/Southern
Coinciding with Co-operatives Fortnight, we were also celebrating ten years of supporting local producers through our Local Flavours range and created a Local Flavours VW camper van, which travelled through ten counties in the South giving out free tasters of local produce to encourage people to try and buy local fare. Our Local Flavours range supports the local economy, bringing products to market through working with local producers.
Earlier in the year at Southern Co-op’s May AGM, there was a co-operative session held with colleagues to discuss the importance of co-operation within the organisation; this session was re-run for colleagues at our Lakeside office during Co-operatives Fortnight.
Last but not least, we held a business panel discussion during the Business Express show on Portsmouth’s Express FM on 28 June. Local co-ops were given the opportunity to talk about the co-operative business model, how this is beneficial to the local economy and how their businesses help the local community.