Heart of England Co-operative Society
|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 is an independent consumer co-operative in the United Kingdom. Based in Nuneaton, the Society trades in the English counties of West Midlands, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
Registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, the Society is a member of Co-operatives UK (formerly the Co-operative Union), the Co-operative Group (formerly Co-operative Wholesale Society) and its national buying scheme, the Co-operative Retail Trading Group.
The Heart of England Co-operative Society traces its origins to the Lockhurst Lane Industrial Co-operative Society founded by ribbon makers in the parish of Foleshill, Coventry in 1832. In 1968, Lockhurst Lane merged with the Coventry and District Co-operative Society, which had been formed as the Coventry Perseverance Co-operative Society in 1867.
Originally founded in 1844, East Mercia Co-operative Society was the product of a series of mergers, most recently between the Nuneaton and Atherstone District Co-operative Society and the Hinckley and Barwell Co-operative Society in 1980. The two businesses merged in 1992, forming the Coventry and East Mercia Co-operative Society before adopting the current name in 2000.
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."
Today, the Society operates The Co-operative Food and seven Home and Living stores, The Co-operative Funeralcare and two Heart of England Co-operative travel branches. Four of its food stores also contain a Post Office counter. Membership is open to all residents of its trading area, with members receiving a share of the profits in the form of dividend.
- Registered in England and Wales, No. 2399R
- Notice of cancellation pursuant to section 16 of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 London Gazette, No. 48272 (p. 11166), 6 August 1980
- Notice of cancellation pursuant to section 16 of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 London Gazette, No. 53003 (p. 12700), 28 July 1992
- Statement on the Co-operative Identity (Definition) International Co-operative Alliance, Manchester, 1995