Organised by Co-operatives UK, the awards recognise excellence, innovation and ethics in co-operatives from across the UK.
Co-operatives can nominate themselves, or other organisations, under the following categories:
• The KPMG award for co-operative enterprise of the year
• The member engagement award
• Innovation in co-operative enterprise
• Best new co-operative enterprise
• The healthy workplace award, sponsored by Simplyhealth.
Open to all co-operatives, the awards are free to enter and organisations can enter as many award categories as they wish. To enter, co-operatives must complete the online entry form and any supporting documents for each category that they wish to enter.
Award winners will be announced at Co-operative Congress 2011 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole from June 24th–26th. The awards will be presented at the Awards Dinner on Saturday 25th June, sponsored by KPMG.
Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, said: “Co-operatives and co-operation is currently experiencine a renaissance and these awards will recognise the excellence in so many co-operatives over the past year.”
Last year’s Co-operative Award winners were Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society, Delta-T Devices, Shared Interest Society, The Handmade Bakery, whomadeyourpants? and Winyates Co-operative Housing who received the awards in recognition of their excellent work in diverse areas of the economy.
Chief Executive of Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society, Tony Gudgeon, who picked up the award, said they were delighted to receive the award. “We have foodstores, travel agencies, department stores and funeral branches across the heart of Essex,” he said. “And winning the award has given us even more determination to continue in our success.”
The deadline for nominations for this year’s Co-operative Excellence Awards is May 13th and short listed finalists will be announced on May 27th.
To enter, visit: www.uk.coop/congress/co-operative-awards-2011.