2020 Co-op Retail Conference exhibitors

VME Coop

VME Coop is the largest supplier of technology to the independent consumer societies; from the tills right through to head office. Since 1997, we have helped 18 different UK coops solve their technology problems. Our FRTS Link software runs in 9 of the 13 independent coops, and 44% of the 1,400 stores run VME Coop software.

Societies use us because our solution includes everything needed to run a consumer coop, because it’s a proven system that is constantly keeping VME’s coop customers on the latest technology, and because they know the more coops using VME, the lower the price for all consumer coops.

VME Coop’s purpose is to see consumer coops grow market share; by helping the independent coop movement thrive, opening new stores, and hopefully even help new independent coops to be created. We do this by reducing their costs, and helping them be as efficient as possible, by using technology. www.vme.coop

Federal Retail Trading Services (FRTS)

Federal Retail Trading Services Ltd (FRTS) is a service company jointly owned by the Co-op Group and the independent retail Co-op Societies in the UK.

FRTS provides the structure which enables the societies to work together, particularly in food buying and distribution. Here the commercial buying operation and logistics teams, run by the Co-op Group, provide services for all the other Societies,maximising scale benefit and ensuring competition law compliance.

As well as providing the day to day information flow, FRTS runs strategic projects, covering areas such as IT, distribution, store operations, food policy and forecasting & replenishment. 

The Board includes the CEOs of the Co-op Group and the seven largest societies; Central England, Midcounties, Southern, East of England, Lincolnshire, Scot Mid & The Channel Islands. www.frts.coop

The Co-operative College

Founded in 1919, The Co-operative College is an educational charity based in Manchester that works across the world, using co-operative values to equip individuals and communities with the skills and knowledge to transform their lives for the better.

As a membership based organisation, the College delivers inspirational training, conferences, professional development and thought provoking workshops.

Both individuals and organisations can donate towards the College’s life changing work, enabling further expansion of projects across UK and around the world. This includes countries such as Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Malawi, as well as towns closer to home like Rochdale in Greater Manchester, the birthplace of the modern co-operative movement.

More information is available at www.co-op.ac.uk/donate.

TPT Retirement Solutions

TPT Retirement Solutions is an award-winning specialist provider of DB pension scheme solutions with 70 years' experience, £12 billion of assets under management and over 350,000 members. TPT has no shareholders and manages 48 employer schemes – each ring-fenced. 

By consolidating with TPT’s DB Complete, schemes could cut their DB pension scheme running costs and save time by combining expert support and scheme services in one solution. www.tpt.org.uk

Co-op News

Co-op News is a news website and monthly magazine about and for co-operatives. As a member-owned organisation, we connect, champion and challenge the co-op movement around the world, through news updates, features, analysis and interviews. For more information, or to join the Co-op News co-operative, visit www.thenews.coop

The Phone Co-op

The Phone Co-op, part of the Midcounties Co-operative, is the UK’s only telecoms co-operative.

We provide both businesses and residential homes throughout the UK with connectivity and have a varied product rangeto fulfil bespoke requirements. 

From hosted telephony to broadband, conferencing and business mobiles, why look anywhere else for your connectivity needs?. www.thephone.coop

The Co-operative Party

As the political party of the co-operative movement, we work to ensure a political voice for co-operatives, and to make the case for co-operative ideas in our economy and wider society.

Whether in government or opposition, for a century the Co-operative Party has been a voice for co-op values andprinciples in the places where decisions are taken, and laws are made. www.party.coop


We are Suma. A co-operative of ordinary people built on integrity and equality for more than 40 years.Today we are stronger than ever. We deliver over 7,000 vegetarian, natural, responsibly sourced products to businesses and communities across the UK and internationally.

We’re one of the largest equal pay co-ops in Europe, working together to improve our society and support our suppliers and customers. We’re committed to selling only the most delicious and sustainable products, inspiring change for good. www.suma.coop

East of England - Co-op Secure Response
Our team of security experts work with you through all stages of security set up and planning to provide tailor-made security systems.

Whether we install and set up your security system or whether we work with an approved contractor should that be required, you can rest assured with the fact that we use the most advanced technology available.