Press release

Co-op of the Year Awards 2019 shortlist announced

Fourteen co-operatives, six co-op councils and five individual co-operators have been shortlisted across six categories for the Co-operative of the Year Awards 2019.

The awards, organised by Co-operatives UK – the network for Britain’s thousands of co-operative businesses – celebrate the impact, achievements and diversity of the UK’s thriving co-op sector.

With two new awards added this year to recognise individual contributions, the six categories will see co-ops of all sizes, a co-op council and individual co-operators take home prestigious prizes. 

The categories and shortlists are:

Leading Co-operative of the Year - The AF Group, Central England Co-operative, The Co-op Group and Openfield

Inspiring Co-operative of the Year - Infinity FoodsOutlandish, The Schools' Energy Co-operative, Shared Interest and South Devon Organic Producers

Breakthrough Co-operative of the Year - Bristol Wood Recycling Project, Chapeltown Cohousing, Norwich Mustard, Projekts MCR and Revolver Co-operative 

Co-operative Council of the Year 2019 (sponsored by the Co-operative Council Innovation Network) - Croydon Council, Norwich City Council, Milton Keynes Council, Plymouth City Council, Rochdale Borough Council and South Tyneside Council

Co-operator of the Year - Jonathan Atkinson, Mark Jennings, Lorraine Power, Cris Tomas and Britta Werner

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at Co-op Congress.

Online voting for the Co-operative of the Year Awards runs from 7 May to 13 June. Voting is open to all, with individuals eligible to cast one vote per category. Winners will be announced and awarded their prizes at Co-operative Congress in Manchester on Friday 21 June.

Along with the award, the Breakthrough category winner will receive the option to access £1,000 worth of specialist business advice from The Hive, Co-operatives UK’s business support programme sponsored by The Co-operative Bank.

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

“We are delighted to celebrate the UK’s most innovative and successful co-ops through our support of the Co-operative of the Year Awards, and to recognise the inspiring achievements of those who have been shortlisted.” Andrew Bester, Chief Executive of The Co-operative Bank