East of England Co-op
The East of England Co-op is the largest independent retailer in East Anglia. It has over 200 branches across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. It runs a wide range of businesses, including food retail, funeral, travel, pharmacy, post offices, opticians and investment property.
The East of England Co-op has been serving communities since 1846, and is completely independent of the Co-operative Group. It is owned by over 200,000 members who shared a dividend of over £3 million in 2014.
Each year, the East of England Co-op invests at least £250,000 from its profits to support communities across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. In past years it has provided over £250,000 to support healthcare projects. It also makes £80,000 a year available to smaller community projects - its members can vote on which projects to support when they shop.
The East of England Co-op is also a leader in the retail of locally sourced food. In 2014 sales from its ‘Sourced Locally’ range reached £14.6 million. Its work with over 140 local producers has helped to generate over £34million for the regional economy since 2007.
For more information please see http://www.eastofengland.coop.