Co-op Group’s strength recognised

THE strength of the Co-operative Group and its importance to the North West of England is reflected in the annual survey of the region&#039s most powerful men and...

THE strength of the Co-operative Group and its importance to the North West of England is reflected in the annual survey of the region&#039s most powerful men and women by the influential North West Business Insider magazine.

Martin Beaumont, Chief Executive of the Co-operative Group, was ranked the second most powerful person in the region by the magazine, which described the Group as a `national heavyweight and a regional mainstay`.

The Insider praised Mr Beaumont for maintaining momentum in the business in terms of change and growth during his first year at the helm.

Four other Co-operative Group representatives also featured in the Insider&#039s `North West Power 100`, which was headed by John Roberts, chief executive of United Utilities.

Mervyn Pedelty, Chief Executive of Co-operative Financial Services, was also placed in the top 10 – being ranked as the seventh most powerful person in the North West.

Meanwhile Bob Galley, property director at the Co-operative Group, Chris Hirst, CIS chief investment officer and Finian O&#039Boyle, CIS chief operating officer, all merited a mention in the Power 100 table.

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