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's 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's `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'Boyle, CIS chief operating officer, all merited a mention in the Power 100 table.