Which is the UK’s best co-operative? It could be a large successful business, a fast growing start-up or an innovative community enterprise. The Co-operative of the Year is an annual award that recognises co-operative business excellence, with the winner announced at Co-operative Congress in Birmingham on 26 June.
This year the choice is entirely up to members of co-operatives, who can first nominate and then vote for the co-operative they think deserves the accolade of Co-operative of the Year.
Anyone whose co-operative is a member of Co-operatives UK, Britain’s network for co-operative businesses, can nominate their favoured co-operative online by explaining in 200 words why others should vote for them. Nominations close on 14 May.
John Atherton, membership officer at Co-operatives UK, said: “The Co-operative of the Year award has been won by some flagship businesses over the last few years: Midcounties Co-operative, Central England and, last year, Suma Wholefoods.
“This year we’re leaving the nominations and vote entirely to members of Co-operatives UK. Whether it’s their profitability, innovation or membership, this is your opportunity to choose the UK’s best co-operative.”
To nominate a co-operative, visit www.uk.coop/congress/award