THE support given to EYECAN has seen two colleagues from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society named as the company’s Ambassadors of the Year.
Each year, the Society holds an awards night to celebrate the training achievements of its colleagues and recognise outstanding teams and individuals. The final award of the night is the Ambassador of the Year which is presented to the person who has embraced the values of the Society. This year’s joint winners were Joaquim Santos and James Birch for the support they have given EYECAN, the only charity focused solely on supporting islanders with sight impairment.Read article
The Channel Islands Co-operative Society has reported a strong trading performance in 2016 and has seen expansion and refurbishment of its retail and medial network in what chief executive, Colin Macleod, described as a ‘year of consolidation’.
The total turnover figure for the Society in 2016 was £172.05m, which is 1.96% up on last year. Its food business performed particularly well with a 2.6% overall increase in turnover. Medical services experienced an increase in turnover of 7.7% with Pharmacy improving by a more modest 0.5%. An increase in online sales saw Homemaker report a 4.8% fall in turnover, while Travelmaker saw a reduction in the amount of cash passing through the business of 4.7% due to a marked reduction in foreign currency exchange.Read article
THE storybook adventure of two Jersey boys turned superheroes has raised £10,000 for charity.
At the end of last year, Colin Macleod, the Chief Executive Officer of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society, published his first book. It followed the adventures of his two sons Harris and Lewis as they are whisked off to a secret land and transformed into superheroes, HammerHead and Captain StinkyPants.Read article
The Channel Islands Co-operative Society is donating more than £18,000 to charities, youth clubs and sporting associations in Guernsey and Jersey this year through its Helping Hands fund.
More than 30 organisations have been chosen to receive a share of the fund, which was set up in 1995 to provide financial support to good causes in the Channel Islands. During its 22-year history, the fund has provided more than £250,000 to help groups in Jersey and Guernsey.
This year, £18,179 was split between 33 charities – 18 in Jersey receiving £9,229 and 15 in Guernsey, which were given a total of £8,950.Read article
A RECORD number of Channel Islanders have put themselves forward for the two vacancies on the Board of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
Five candidates are standing for the one position available in Jersey and six are vying for the one position in Guernsey. The successful candidates will be elected by Members of the Society at the Annual Members Meetings, which will be held in Jersey on Tuesday 16th May and in Guernsey on Wednesday 17th May 2017.Read article
CUDDLY tomatoes, mushrooms, apples and figs will soon be found on the shelves of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society stores as the next Goodness Gang arrives.
Last year, the Society launched the Goodness Gang initiative which aims to educate children about the importance of healthy eating. The first Goodness Gang saw thousands of cuddly toys handed out as demand exceeded expectation. In March, the ‘Grow your own Goodness Gang Garden’ was introduced to give islanders the opportunity to grow their own produce and will be followed by Goodness Gang Superfoodz.Read article
A NATIONAL awareness week to encourage people to talk more openly about death, bereavement and end of life care is being supported in Jersey by De Gruchy’s Funeral Care.
Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs from 8th – 14th May, is being organised by the Dying Matters Coalition and events are being held across the British Isles to raise awareness about end of life issues.Read article
UK homeware retailer Dunelm will be moving into the space currently occupied by Co-op Homemaker on the first floor of the St Helier Grand Marché building. Homemaker, which has been located at the site since August 2012, will be transferring to the new occupiers in June and a large range of homeware items will be accommodated on the ground floor within Grand Marché.Read article
LOCALE Grouville has been named Store of the Year by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society for the second year running.Read article
DE GRUCHY’S Funeral Care has been recommended by the Good Funeral Guide for the fourth year in a row and remains the only funeral care provider in the Channel Islands to receive the endorsement.Read article
SHOPPING trolleys for children with special needs have arrived at The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Grand Marché St Helier with more on order for Grand Marché St Peter.
Mark Cox, the Society’s chief operating officer, said the trolleys, which have seats suitable for older children, were ordered to help parents and families when out shopping. Two specialist trolleys are already in use at Grand Marché St Helier with two on order for the store in St Peter.Read article
SHOPPERS at Grand Marché St Martin’s and St Helier are being asked to Be A Good Egg, by donating items they buy in store to help vulnerable islanders this Easter.
The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s initiative will provide much needed assistance to Guernsey Welfare and St Helier Methodist Centre, which will distribute the goods to people in need.Read article
The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Travelmaker in Jersey has been named one of the best travel agencies in the UK and Ireland.
Travelmaker is one of three in the South West region selected as part of a power-list of the nation’s best agents by the industry bible, Travel Trade Gazette.
The TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies list was revealed in a glittering ceremony in Birmingham after an extensive judging process, which saw agents rated by tour operators and other suppliers, and then assessed by travel trade journalists.Read article
FOLLOWING the success of Charlie Carrot, Bobby Broccoli, Grace Garlic and the rest of the Goodness Gang, The Channel Islands Co-operative Society is launching a new initiative aimed at educating children about the importance of healthy eating.
The Society’s ‘Grow your own Goodness Gang Garden’, which launches today, will give islanders the opportunity to grow their own produce. It follows last year’s successful Goodness Gang initiative which saw thousands of stuffed toys in the shapes of fruit and vegetables being collected across the Channel Islands.Read article
THE Channel Islands Co-operative Society has announced plans to sell the former Total Sport warehouse, which closed in 2015, and surrounding buildings at Beaumont to Dandara. The property developer is proposing to submit a planning application for the redevelopment of the site into residential accommodation consisting of three buildings of one and two bedroom apartments over a semi-basement parking area.Read article
The Channel Islands Co-operative Society does not hold accounts with the Co-operative Bank, which is for sale.
Monies invested in The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s share accounts are used wholly in the operation of your Society and your funds have the security of the Society’s reserves of more than £45m.
Your Society therefore will be unaffected by the sale of the bank.Read article
Applications are invited from Members of the Society interested in standing for election to serve as a Director.
The Channel Islands’ Co-operative Society, whose businesses include food and non-food retail, sub-post offices, bureau de change and other non-regulated money services, fuel forecourts, travel agency, general medical practices, pharmacies and funeral services, is looking for eligible Members who reflect its commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion to stand for election as a Director.Read article
A campaign to help offenders at La Moye Prison learn new skills has won fresh support from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
As part of its rehabilitation programme, The States of Jersey prison service has developed an environmental project, which enables residents to learn carpentry and woodwork skills by creating wooden boxes for wildlife such as bats, birds, squirrels and hedgehogs. The project has been backed by the States of Jersey environment department and the Jersey national park group. During this time the prison donated more than 3,000 items for distribution across the island and 100 hedgehog homes to the Hedgehog Preservation Society. The prison also raised some money from the sale of boxes, which has been donated to the Birds on the Edge Project.Read article
The Channel Islands Co-operative Society has launched its annual Helping Hands fund and is inviting local charities and community groups to apply for funding.
Former Society Chief Executive, Allan Smith MBE, set up the fund in 1995 to reflect one of the Society’s core values – ‘caring for others’. The aim of Helping Hands was, and continues to be, one of supporting organisations and groups to fund activities they would otherwise be unable to undertake. 22 years later the fund is still running, having donated over £265,000 to worthwhile causes in the Channel Islands.Read article
The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Travelmaker stores in Guernsey and Jersey are among the best travel agencies in the British Isles.
Both stores have been shortlisted for a place on the Travel Trade Gazette’s Top 50 Travel Agencies 2017, and are two of only five in the South West region to make the final cut. Out of 950 travel agencies and branches that put themselves forward for consideration, the Society’s Channel Island stores made a shortlist of just 90 finalists.Read article
STAFF at Jersey’s Homemaker store have raised £2,810 for charity in memory of a much-loved colleague who died at age of just 35.
Carpet fitter Kev English passed away just months after receiving a diagnosis of terminal cancer leaving behind his wife of three years Charlotte and their young daughter Paige. The family was helped by Jersey Hospice and Jersey Cancer Relief in his final months, and Mr English’s friends and colleagues decided to fundraise for the two charities in his memory.Read article
THE Salvation Army’s kindness to vulnerable islanders this Christmas will be boosted by support from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society and its customers.
Shoppers at the Grand Marché St Helier and Grand Marché St Sampson’s will be able to donate goods bought in store between 12 and 18 December. The Society will also donate items, which will be handed out before Christmas to islanders in need.Read article
JERSEY has seen a 30% rise in the number of people taking out plans and preparing for their own funerals.Read article
AN EXCITING mission to become superheroes, conjured up at bedtime by two Jersey boys and their father, will raise money for two Channel Islands charities.
Colin Macleod, the Chief Executive Officer of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society, has published his first book that follows the adventures of his two sons Harris and Lewis on the day they are whisked off to a secret land, far beyond the skies and transformed into superheroes HammerHead and Captain StinkyPants.Read article
The Channel Islands Co-operative Society has appointed Lynsey Mallinson as a Funeral Director and
Civil Funeral Celebrant at De Gruchy’s Funeral Care.
Mrs Mallinson will join the De Gruchy’s team to help people with funeral arrangements and formalities, coordinating and directing funerals and leading celebrant services.Read article
PORTABLE lighting funded by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society will allow youth workers in Guernsey to support youngsters later into the evenings this autumn and winter.Read article
YOUNG Jersey people in challenging circumstances have benefitted from toiletries, groceries and cooking evenings funded by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Helping Hands fund.Read article
70 jobs will be created in Jersey once The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s £16 million Charing Cross development is completed.
The site, which will include a new 5,000 square foot Co-operative Locale store, retail unit and a 93 room Premier Inn Hotel, is due to open in two stages – the Locale store in November 2017 and the Premier Inn Hotel in April 2018. A separate 2000 square foot retail unit is also due to open next year.Read article
MORE local producers will have the opportunity to sell their products in The Channel Islands Co-operative Society stores.
The Society is planning to improve the delicatessens in each of its Grand Marché stores to provide a greater opportunity for local producers to provide products which have not previously been available in all Jersey supermarkets. The range will include Jersey beef bresaola, pancetta and salami using local pork, Jersey Royal potato gnocchi, Classic Herd cheese and fresh local pasta and complimentary sauces.Read article
THE sale of carrier bags at The Channel Islands Co-operative Society stores is providing more than £22,000 in funding for 12 environmental projects in the islands this year.Read article
Full approval has been given for the creation of eight commercial units and 109 studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments at Leale’s Yard with outline permission for a further 303 residential units also being granted.Read article
ISLANDERS with ‘hidden’ conditions are getting a helping hand from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
Grants from The Society’s Helping Hands initiative are helping the Guernsey post-natal depression (PND) support group, brain injury charity Headway Guernsey, along with the Access for All and We All Matter, Eh? campaigns. A total of £18,100 has been distributed across Jersey and Guernsey this year.Read article
FAMILIES and islanders with disabilities are getting a helping hand from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
Grants from The Society’s Helping Hands initiative have been given to local charities NSPCC Jersey, Words and Numbers Matter and Les Amis. A total of £18,100 has been distributed across Jersey and Guernsey this year.Read article
Permission has been granted for the redevelopment of the Homemaker site, which will see the current building replaced by 28,000 sq.ft of modern retail space.
The plans, which are part of the wider vision for the regeneration of Leale’s Yard, include the demolition of the Homemaker store on Lowlands Industrial Estate and the building of two 14,000 sq.ft modern units.Read article
An empty oil drum, an oyster seed bag, glass, plastic and fishing gear were just some of the items cleared from two beaches by volunteers with The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
The Society took part in the Big Co-op Clean, a national initiative aimed at making a difference in local communities, which was part of Co-operative Fortnight.Read article
The Co-operative Medical Care’s growing medical and pharmacy team has moved to a new modern and ergonomically designed ‘Co-operative Medical Centre’. Joy Davies, who has been a patient of the David Place surgery for 29 years, officially opened the health centre, which is located on Bath Street at the former Blockbuster video store, today.Read article
THE grounds at the GSPCA in St Andrews are being transformed with a £2,000 donation from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Eco-Fund.
The grant from the Society is being used to help give the site a major makeover to boost local flora, fauna and wildlife, as the GSPCA plans to open up the grounds increasingly to the public.Read article
BATS have been given new homes at Jersey Mencap’s pond site with support from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Eco-Fund.
Jersey Mencap, a charity that supports children and adults with a learning disability, has been busy improving the site after receiving a £1,315 grant from the Society’s Eco-Fund last year – including installing new bat and bird boxes. The site features a reservoir, woodland and marshland with a variety of wildlife, and helps people with a learning disability gain skills in conservation and general work experience.Read article
WILDLIFE at a pond in Jersey is increasing thanks to The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
With a £1,000 donation from The Co-operative Eco-Fund, Ecoscape Ltd has created a new pond and landscaped area by the Frances Le Sueur Centre in St Ouen and local wildlife is already making it their home. It is hoped that the pond will help the rare grass snake thrive in the area and at the same time educate youngsters.Read article
PLANS for a new bike shed and racking at St Martin’s Primary School are on track after a £2,000 donation from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
The grant from The Co-operative Eco-Fund will help replace the current ageing bike shed with up-to-date facilities that fit modern bikes and, it is hoped, will encourage more children to cycle to school as well as reducing school run traffic and pollution.Read article
A PROJECT that could reveal important new information about dolphins and porpoises living in Jersey waters is launching thanks to The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Eco-Fund.
Researchers hope the programme, which uses hydrophones (underwater microphones), will produce invaluable information on the local creatures about which little is known and includes Europe’s largest group of resident bottlenose dolphins. The £1,500 Eco-Fund donation has helped pay for the equipment being used in the project, which has been established by the Marine Biology Section of the Société Jersiaise.Read article
A PROJECT to improve an outside learning area by the Baubigny Schools is underway thanks to a donation from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Eco-Fund.
Living Streets Guernsey has used the £1,000 donation to make the area more usable for the children. Rubble left in the area has made it uneven underfoot, but holes are now being filled in and there are plans to level off the site.Read article
Volunteers in Jersey and Guernsey will take part in a national initiative aimed at making a difference in local communities.
The Channel Islands Co-operative Society is holding two beach cleans in each island on the same day, as part of the Big Co-op Clean to mark the end of Co-operative Fortnight. Members of the public are invited to take part alongside Co-operative colleagues, and can register online.
‘The Channel Islands Co-operative Society is always keen to give back to the communities we serve and we also like to show what can be achieved by working together,’ said Greg Yeoman, the Society’s Chief Marketing Officer.Read article
Paula Williams has been elected as a Guernsey director for The Channel Islands Co-operative Society, after a second ballot.
In the first ballot, Mrs Williams and her fellow candidate, former States deputy Patricia Mellor, received the same number of votes. It was the first time in living memory that the vote for a Guernsey-based director had been tied and a second ballot process was declared.
As a result of the count today from the second ballot, which occurred at the AMM and in-store, Mrs Williams, a programmes manager at the GTA University Centre, secured the directorship for a term of four years.Read article
TASTY locally grown strawberries are now being stocked by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society and will be on the shelves an hour after they are picked.
As a local business, the Society has a long association with local suppliers supporting more than 40 across the islands who provide products including dairy, fruit, vegetables, salad, herbs, alcohol, coffee and bakery products. The Society pays £11m for the supply of local goods each year.
This summer they have added two local produce growers – Linards Mellis will be supplying soft fruit to all stores and Paul Petit will deliver tomatoes to Grand Marché St Sampson.Read article
The Channel Islands Co-operative Society is donating thousands of pounds to environmental projects in the Channel Islands.
Applications open on 6 June for organisations to receive a share of The Co-operative Eco-Fund, which is made up from the money raised through the sale of carrier bags.Read article
Votes for a new Guernsey-based director of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society were tied for the first time in living memory.Read article
The Channel Islands Co-operative Society reported a strong trading performance in 2015 and has seen both expansion and refurbishment of its retail network in what, chief executive Colin Macleod, described as a ‘significant year’ for the Society.Read article
Colin Macleod, Chief Executive of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society, has just returned from Brussels where he has been showcasing the Society to an audience representing 20,000 co-operatives from across the world.
Consumer Co-operatives Worldwide is an annual event, which aims to showcase the world’s leading co-operatives, to enable them to share common experiences and to learn from one another.Read article