I was delighted to be one of the group receiving an award on behalf of the Coop Group at the Coops UK Annual Congress ten days ago. Voted for by individual members of the co-operative movement, we won the prize for “Leading Co-operative of the Year” in recognition of the progress we have been making as a group over recent years. I was also delighted to see a Lifetime award made to Roger Sawtell, an inspirational co-operative leader now in his 90s but who – among many other things – was involved back at the start of Traidcraft in the 1970s.
In the last month the Co-op has also won the Evening Standard’s Consumer Business of the Year Award, and the Grocer’s “Grocer of the Year” award – the latter being the first time we have ever one this prestigious industry recognition. And to top all of that the CEO of our Food Business, Jo Whitfield, won the Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year award, recognising her leadership of our retailing arm and the work she is doing to encourage women in retailing.