Press release

Your co-op's chance to shine! Enter the Co-op of the Year Awards 2019

Nominations open today for the Co-operative of the Year Awards 2019.  Co-ops have until 29 April to submit entries, which will see four co-ops and two inspiring individuals taking home the coveted awards at Co-op Congress on 21 June. 

The Co-operative of the Year Awards sees co-ops of all types and sizes recognised for their commitment to their communities and the co-op principles.  In 2018, a record 30,000+ public votes were cast. 

Alongside the Leading, Inspiring, Breakthrough and Co-op Council of the Year Awards, this year we are introducing two individual awards, Co-operator of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. These awards will honour individuals who have contributed to shaping the co-operative movement. 

Unlike many other professional business awards, the Co-operative of the Year Awards are completely FREE to enter. They are open to all Co-operatives UK members.

Sponsored this year by The Co-operative Bank, the award categories include:

  • Leading Co-operative of the Year (for co-ops with turnover of more than £30m)
  • Inspiring Co-operative of the Year (for co-ops with turnover of between £1m and £30m)
  • Breakthrough Co-operative of the Year (for co-ops with turnover of up to £1m)
  • Co-operative Council of the Year (sponsored by CCIN)
  • Co-operator of the Year (open to anyone affiliated to a Co-operatives UK member)

  • Lifetime Achievement Award (for individuals who have made a significant contribution to the movement)


Secretary General, Ed Mayo said: "The Co-operative of the Year Awards are one of the highlights of the year, and a real cause for celebration. I am always inspired by the range of diversity of nominations and the sheer number of public votes, which provide a fantastic platform for the shortlisted co-ops to promote their businesses.  This year will see the 150 years since the first modern Congress was held in 1869 and we feel that this is the perfect time to honour some of the wonderful co-operators who have helped shape the movement and those who continue to do so."

As well as the kudos and profile raising opportunity of winning an award, the Breakthrough Co‑operative of the Year will also have the option to access £1,000 worth of specialist business advice from The Hive, our co-operative business support programme in partnership with The Co-operative Bank.

Andrew Bester, Chief Executive at the Co-operative Bank said: "We are delighted to be supporting the Co-operative of the Year Awards,  which complements the commitment we have made to supporting and developing co-ops through The Hive development initiative. The Hive has already provided over 650 groups with training, mentoring and resources over the last two years.  I look forward to meeting the award winners at Congress in June." 

The closing date for nominations is 29 April 2019.  


The Co-operative of the Year Awards are sponsored by The Co-operative Bank