Heart of England Co-operative Society
|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|
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, 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." 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.