For two weeks every year we get together with other Coops and highlight what it is we do and what being a Coop means for local communities. This year we're celebrating all the things that set our Coop apart. From the collaborative decision-making processes to our commitment to our Members and community, we take a look at how your Coop offers an altogether different way to do business.
What does being a cooperative mean?
You might know Coop as a chain of stores. But Coops are much more than that. Coops can be housing or healthcare, social care or sports clubs, cafes or community enterprises.
A Coop business is owned and controlled by its Members. It means that everyone who is part of the business is involved in it – from customers and employees to suppliers and partners. Everybody has a stake and interest in the business and work together to make it succeed.
By becoming a member of your Coop, you are not only getting the financial benefits of Member dividend. You are also contributing to the local economy, supporting local producers, suppliers and charities, and caring for our environment both locally and globally.
An altogether different way to...
When you shop at your Coop, you're helping local producers, your local economy and local people just like you. There's no sweeter feeling.
£5.5 million of profits was given back to members last year.
That’s because every Member of the Coop is also an owner so they get 4% dividend back every time they shop. So if you’re a Coop Member, you can get a slice of the pie too.
We spent £8.2 million with local suppliers last year.
When you shop at your Coop, you’re helping local producers, the local economy, and local people. That makes you a local legend.
£300,000 donated to 240 local charities over the last 12 months
The more you shop at your Coop, the more we can donate. Which gives rise to lots of benefits in your community.
This Coop Fortnight, why not become a Member?
In the Channel Islands, we're unique because we're owned by local people, our Members.
Coops are different from other businesses. We exist to serve our communities.
If you are over 16 years old and a resident in the Channel Islands, by investing £1 in a share of your Cooperative, you can become a Member and save as you spend with dividend.