Heart of England Co-operative Society

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Heart of England Co-operative Society Limited
Type Consumer Co-operative
Industry Retail (Wholesale)
Founded 1832
Headquarters 22 Abbey Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 5BU
Key people Michael Sherwood, President
Ali Kurji, Chief Executive
Bryan Wheatley, General Manager
Products Grocer, Department Store, Funeral Director, Travel Agent, Sub Post Office
Website www.heartofengland.coop

The Heart of England Co-operative Society Limited is a regional consumer co-operative in central England. It is a registered industrial and provident society,[1] a member of the Co-operative Union Ltd., the Co-operative Retail Trading Group and a corporate member of Co-operative Group Ltd. (formerly Co-operative Wholesale Society), the largest consumer co-operative in the world. Head office is located at Nuneaton in Warwickshire.

According to the International Co-operative Alliance, "A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically controlled enterprise."[2] The Society traces its origins to the Lockhurst Lane Industrial Co-operative Society founded in the parish of Foleshill, Coventry in 1832. In 1968, Lockhurst Lane merged with the Coventry Co-operative Society, established in 1867. In 1991, following a series of mergers, this became the Coventry and East Mercia Co-operative Society, before adopting its current name in 2000.

The Society operates supermarkets, department stores (including Co-op Electrix), funeral directors, travel agents (as The Co-operative Travel) and sub post offices. Membership is open to all residents of its trading area, with members receiving a share of the profits in the form of dividend.

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  1. ^ Registered in England and Wales under the Companies Act 1985, No. 2399R
  2. ^ Statement on the Co-operative Identity (Definition) International Co-operative Alliance, Manchester, 1995

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