Signing up our 700,000th Member
Better, fairer world values grow membership by over 20% in three years
Published 31 Jan 2019
The Midcounties Co-operative today announced it has signed up its 700,000th member.
The milestone represents a 22% increase in Midcounties’ membership base in just under three years.
Led by a commitment to democracy, openness, equality and social responsibility, as well as a growing desire from consumers to buy from businesses which operate responsibly, the Society is increasingly attracting members from across the UK, as well as its regional communities.
Phil Ponsonby, Group Chief Executive for the Midcounties Co-operative, said: “Every new member grows our ability to support our local community and champion the issues that we know are important to them.
“Our members – and the values they join us for – are part of our DNA. It’s what makes us different to other businesses they could choose to shop with or buy from. They are front-of-mind in everything we do – whether it’s how we source the food in our stores, do our part to tackle global environmental challenges or support local community causes.”
The 700,000th member, Mr Tom Waggett, is a new customer for Co-op Energy, the UK-wide utilities business operated by Midcounties.
Tom Waggett (centre) and his wife, Louise Waggett presented with a prize by Lee Franklin, Membership Manager (left)
Mr Waggett, from Somerset, said: “We were really drawn to Co-op Energy’s environmental policies and commitment to green energy, and more widely the charity work the Society does. I look forward to being part of these initiatives and making a real difference within local communities in the future.”
More than 333,000 customers have now chosen Co-op Energy over other market suppliers.
To mark the milestone - and the Society’s commitment to local sourcing and efficient energy use - Mr Waggett was presented with a luxury gift hamper, containing a selection of local produce from Midcounties’ ‘Best of Our Counties’ range and an energy-saving pack.
Mr Waggett added: “It’s a lovely gesture and emphasises one of the reasons we chose Midcounties – going the extra mile for their customers.”
The Society was voted Leading Co-op of the Year 2018 by Co-operatives UK and was recently awarded a 5-star rating in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index.