The Midcounties Co-operative has been named Co-operative of the Year at the annual Co-operative Awards.
The awards celebrate excellence, innovation and ethics in business and the Society was honoured with the accolade due to both its financial performance and social responsibility.
Midcounties Co-operative, the largest independent co-operative in the UK, received the Leading Co-operative of the Year award (for co-ops with a turnover above £30m).
The society has a turnover of £1.5bn and employs over 8,400 staff working in Food Retail, Post Office, Travel, Energy, Healthcare, Flexible Benefits, Funerals and Childcare.
To help build strong local communities Midcounties has created 20 Regional Communities which in 2017/18 provided 36,000 colleague volunteering hours and distributed £260,000 to over 500 good causes. During the past year, it has also engaged with over 21,000 members, raised over £150,000 for local charity partners and worked with over 9,000 young people at 50 partner schools. In addition it has contributed over 73,000 products to Foodbanks, providing meals to over a 1,000 families in need.
“As a member owned Society this award is particularly important to us because it was voted for by our members,” said Ben Reid, Midcounties Group CEO. “We have been previously voted Co-operative of the Year twice in 2012 and 2015, so I want to say a particularly big thank to everyone who helped us achieve the hat-trick in 2018”.