The Southern Co-operative Nominated for National Co-operative Award and Needs Your Support

Community food and funeral retailer, The Southern Co-operative has been nominated for Co-operatives UK’s national ‘Leading Co-operative of the Year 2016’ Award and needs the south coast’s support!

The Southern Co-operative needs the public’s support to vote for the local, independent business whose ultimate purpose is to ‘work together with colleagues, members and customers for the benefit of our communities’. To vote for your regional co-operative, please visit: http://www.uk.coop/coty.

Mike Hastilow, Chairman of The Southern Co-operative said: “We are thrilled and honoured to have been nominated for the ‘Leading Co-operative of the Year 2016’ Award. At The Southern Co-operative we have a strong purpose beyond profit and work extremely hard to make a difference to the local communities which we serve. We would love for anyone who has benefitted from our community activity, enjoyed shopping in one of our stores or experienced a co-ordinated funeral by us to please vote for us on the Co-operatives UK website.”

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Community engagement is paramount to the ethos of The Southern Co-operative. Throughout 2015 alone, The Southern Co-operative’s food stores and funeral homes contributed over £955,000 to their local communities through fundraising events, campaigns and donations. The Society has a Local Flavours produce range which showcases local products that are grown or produced within its trading area and now boasts over 2,000 product lines sold across 145 of its retail stores.

The Awards showcase independent co-operatives throughout the UK who help to contribute £37billion to the British economy each year. What makes co-operatives unique is that they are run not by institutional investors or distant shareholders, but by their members. Anyone can be a member of a co-operative, including customers, employees, residents, farmers, artists, taxi drivers…

Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co-operatives UK, said: “The 11 co-ops shortlisted for this year’s Co-operative of the Year awards are fantastic examples of the success and sheer breadth of the sector. They showcase the benefits co-ops bring to their members, to their local communities and to the economy as a whole.

“Last year the awards were a wonderful, spirited contest and, with strong organisations in each category, we can expect the same for 2016. I look forward to the fun of the voting and the announcement of the winners a month today at Congress.”

To vote for The Southern Co-operative to win Co-operatives UK’s ‘Leading Co-operative of the Year 2016’ Award, please visit: http://www.uk.coop/coty.