Whether it’s an innovative start‑up, burgeoning business or star performer, you can now nominate your favourite co‑operative for the prestigious annual Co‑operative of the Year awards.
The nominations and votes are entirely open, with the people who run, work in and use the country’s co‑operatives deciding on their favourites. Over the last three years of the awards, over 100 co‑ops have been nominated and 40,000 votes cast. Nominations are open until 29 April, and are for four categories:
Leading Co‑operative of the Year 2018
The leading co‑operative of the year award is for co‑ops with a turnover above £30 million. Featuring high‑performing retail, farming and housing co‑ops among others, this will be a hotly contested category – and Suma was last year’s proud winner.
Inspiring Co‑operative of the Year 2018
This award is for co‑ops with a turnover of between £1m and £30 million, and includes a range of thriving co‑ops, from leisure trusts and sports clubs to successful worker‑owned businesses, like last years’ winner Daily Bread.
Breakthrough Co‑operative of the Year 2018
Won last year by New Leaf Co‑operative, this award is for co‑ops with a turnover of up to £1 million, covering everything from start‑ups and community shops, to freelancer co‑ops and care providers.
Co‑operative Council of the Year 2018
A new award for 2018, this recognises best practice as demonstrated by co‑operative local authorities and also celebrates the great work delivered at a local level.
As well as being presented with their awards, the winning co‑ops will benefit from promotion of their co‑operative and the kudos of winning this prestigious prize. 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 business support programme in partnership with The Co‑operative Bank.
"These awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise the good work that co‑operatives are doing and to celebrate their achievements. I’m extremely proud to see democratically owned and run organisations flourishing, and this is a way to acknowledge their success.
“And with our new award for Co‑operative Council of the Year, we’ll also be celebrating local authorities that use co‑op principles to work in partnership with local people to shape and strengthen communities.” Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co‑operatives UK
Nominations will close on 29 April, from which a shortlist will be drawn up. The winner in each category will be decided by an open online vote beginning on 4 May – and the winners will be announced at the co‑operative sector’s annual conference, Congress, on 23 June in London.