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Exciting line-up of speakers announced for Co‑op Congress

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2nd June 2021
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13th June 2021
Chris Packham with binoculars

Naturalist, broadcaster and environmental campaigner, Chris Packham heads up an impressive list of speakers appearing at Co-op Congress on 25 June.

Joining Chris Packham, who will be presenting by video, is Actor and Co-Director of TripleC Melissa Johns; Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham; Mayor of Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis; Board Director, Co-op Group and Chair, Social Enterprise UK, Lord Victor Adebowale (also by video); CEO of Co-op Group Steve Murrells – and many more.

Tickets are FREE and open to anyone that is a member of a co‑op – thanks to support from The Co‑operative Bank. 

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I’ve been campaigning on environmental issues for over 30 years, and I’m delighted to share my experiences at Co-op Congress. The co-op movement has campaigned on social issues for years – from reducing plastics and the creation of the first compostable carrier bag, to violence against shop workers and modern slavery. Coming together with one voice will always have a stronger impact and at Congress we'll hear about the issues you want the co-op movement to campaign about.
– Chris Packham, naturalist, broadcaster and environmental campaigner

Subject to Covid restrictions, this hybrid event will see speakers and a reduced audience broadcasting from Stretford Public Hall, whilst other delegates join online.  

“We are delighted to welcome such a formidable range of speakers to the beautifully restored and community owned Stretford Public Hall for this year's Co-op Congress. Like the co-operative movement, this building is steeped in history but representative of what we can achieve in the future through the distribution of power and wealth,” says Co-operatives UK CEO, Rose Marley.

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We're tackling some big questions at Congress including how to rebuild the economy, the big issues facing our society and a call out to invest in our youth. We'll also be taking a good look at the UK's 'best kept secret' – co-ops! And how a new era of co-operation is emerging once again at the cusp of an industrial revolution that will provide a beacon of hope for a fair and equitable future for all.
– Co-operatives UK CEO, Rose Marley.

“Thanks to the support of The Co-operative Bank, we will be live casting across the UK and for the first time, making Congress available free of charge to our members’ members. So anyone who is a member of a co-op is welcome to attend and join the movement in solidarity at this pivotal moment in time.”

Melissa Johns, Actor and Co-Director of TripleC says:

"I will be hosting a session at this year's Co-op Congress, as I am personally fascinated about the co-op business model and all of the achievements of the co-operative movement over the last 150 years and how that might inform our future. I believe people are looking for fair and equitable ways to do business and lead their lives and I'm fascinated to find out more about the future plans for the movement and the women that are leading it!"

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We’re proud to be supporting Co-op Congress again this year and are we delighted that an event at the very heart of the movement has been made accessible to so many. It is great to see co-ops of every size across all sectors of the UK come together to make change happen through co-operation.
– Nick Slape, Chief Executive Officer of The Co-operative Bank

Other speakers include…

  • Public affairs and campaign leads from Co-op Group, Central England Co-operative, Midcounties Co-operative and Southern Co-operative.
  • All-female leaders of Co-operatives UK, Co-operative College, Co-operative Heritage Trust and Co-op News.
  • Representatives from Stretford Public Hall, young people from Our Pass and many more to be announced!

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