Central England Co-op is rewarding all of its staff with an extra day off in recognition of their role in the society being named Leading Co-op of the Year for Co-operatives UK.
Over 7,800 workers across food stores, funeral homes and supporting businesses in 16 counties have been given this recognition for their tireless efforts in supporting their communities over the past year, the organisation said.
Anyone employed by the society as of July 2021 is eligible for the extra day’s holiday, which can be taken in the next 12 months.
Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op chief executive, said: “We were all honoured to have been recognised as Leading Co-operative of the Year.
“Having worked through extraordinary times during the pandemic, it was fantastic recognition for our colleagues who have come to work each day to serve their communities. We want to create a sustainable society for all and that starts with our teams, who have worked tirelessly to sustain the wellbeing and safety of our members, customer and communities
“On behalf of our board and members, I would like to say a great big thank you for their loyalty, dedication and commitment. We would love for colleagues to use this time to relax or treat themselves by doing something nice.”
The society, which has over 400 stores and funeral homes, received the award after winning a public vote as part of the annual Co-operative of the Year Awards. It was shortlisted for supporting communities during the pandemic, their ongoing partnerships with FareShare Midlands and food banks to create millions of meals a year for those in need, and for their steady progress against a target to become carbon neutral by 2030.
This extra day off comes after the society rewarded all colleagues last year with extra week’s pay and enhanced discount for their efforts supporting local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.