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Nominations open for Co-op of the Year Awards 2021

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15th February 2021
Last updated
20th April 2021
Co-operatives UK
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Who will be the co-operators and co-ops of the year 2021? 

People from co-ops across the UK are invited to choose the winners of the prestigious Co-op of the Year Awards in 2021.

Postponed last year due to the pandemic, the 2021 awards will be announced online in July. And for the first time, the winners of the co-op awards will be chosen through a combination of judges scores and a public vote.  Whilst several individual Co-operator of the Year Awards will be selected by a panel of judges representing a range of co-ops.

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We'd love to hear about the people and co-operative organisations who truly embody the co-operative values and principles. Is your co-op providing essential services during the pandemic? Have you pivoted your strategy in response to the global emergency? Is your co-op playing a key role in your local economy? We know that co-ops are full of hardworking, inspirational and often unsung heroes and we're also planning to hand out several individual awards, honouring an amazing group of people.
– Rose Marley, CEO, Co-operatives UK

There are three awards for co-ops based on turnover, an award for the co-op council of the year and several individual awards presented to people who have contributed to shaping the co-operative movement and who embody the co-op values.

The Co-op of the Year Awards are sponsored for the second year running by The Co-operative Bank, and the Cooperative Councils’ Innovation Network is sponsoring the Co-op Council of the Year Award for the third year.

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The Co-operative Bank is delighted to be supporting The Co-op of the Year Awards once again. These awards are a great opportunity for us all to celebrate how co-operatives have supported their local economies and communities over the last year, particularly through the Coronavirus pandemic. We expect to hear some amazing stories about how organisations and individuals are using the power of co-operation to enable their businesses to flourish in a fair and equitable way and I'm really looking forward to seeing who wins in 2021.
– Catherine Douglas, Managing Director, SME at The Co-operative Bank

The Co-op of the Year Awards are FREE to enter and open to all Co-operatives UK members.  The closing date to nominate a co-op, co-op council or individual co-operator is 4 April 2021.



Nominate your Co-op of the Year 2021

Let us know by filling in our online form – and explaining in 250 words or less why you are nominating the co-operative and/or individual.
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