Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society has won the Community Award in the Essex Business Excellence Awards 2014, recently held at Boreham House near Chelmsford.
Back by popular demand, Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society will be offering in a number of its food stores, the Goodness Gang Friends promotion. This is a brand new collection of cuddly plush fruit and vegetables including a Max Mushroom, Pippa Pepper, Bella Blueberry, Alex Apple, Toby Tomato, Peter Pea, Felicity Fig and Olivia Orange. These fun toys are designed to encourage children not only to eat 5 a day, but also be more aware of mixing different colours.
Stuart Hammond, Head of Food for the Society, commented;
So who are Nomads? Well it’s the story of Duncan and Vicky who met while backpacking around India in the late 1980s. With only £200 left in their pockets, they used the money to fill up a trunk of wonderful clothes and then headed back to the UK.
The history of Radley bags begins with a trained architect Lowell Harder, with 3 young boys to raise deciding to turn her hand to a different sort of design. So, in 1984 she set up a stall in Camden Market selling the Indian men’s accessories brand, Hidesign. She then began to work with the Hidesign team to develop new designs for UK consumption.
Chelmsford Star Co-operative Funeral Services part of the independent Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society, has been named one of the UK’s best funeral directors following an assessment visit by the Good Funeral Guide, an independent funeral consumer advocacy organisation.
In its review of the business the Good Funeral Guide says:
The Co-operative Hullbridge (part of Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society) recently closed for a few days to enable the refit team to make some substantial changes to the internal look of the store. It was officially re-opened on Wednesday 9th July by long serving member of staff, Barbara Barber and the Society’s Vice President, Roger Simons.
This refit included a new floor and ceiling and an update on in store ranges including the addition of more products from Essex Producers. For instance Hanningfield Smokehouse is now supplying the store with smoked fish, cheese and pate.
Chelmsford Star Co-operative recently visited Community Card member, Barrow Farm Riding for the Disabled and presented them with a cheque for £1072.50.
Barrow Farm has been one of the original members of the Community Card scheme which has been running for fifteen years. Since joining the charity has earned many thousands of pounds which have been spent on projects at the stables from requirement for the yard to funding specialist training.
Mary Mitchell, founder of the charity said;
The co-operative Bedcentre, located in the Knightswick Shopping Centre, Canvey Island is to close its doors for the last time on Saturday 14th June, 2014.
The store is part of the Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society, who opened the unit in June, 2012 in which was previously a video rental outlet.
Barry Wood, Chief Executive Officer commented;
“We opened the store in a very difficult trading climate and unfortunately no-one could have predicted that the economic slowdown in retail was to last as long as it has done.
Chelmsford Community Radio Station is to become the 300th member to join Chelmsford Star Co-operatives Community Support Card Scheme.
This momentous occasion will be marked at the start of Co-operative Fortnight by the station being presented with their membership by MP Simon Burns at the Society’s quadrant department store in Chelmsford. Co-operative Fortnight is an annual event giving all co-operatives across the UK an opportunity to promote the community aspects of their business. This year the theme is local, loved and trusted.
Local independent co-operative Society, Chelmsford Star supports an annual Charity of the Year and for 2013/14 has raised a magnificent £36,356 for Essex Dementia Care.
Essex Dementia Care provides a range of services which are designed to enable people with dementia to maintain the active lifestyle of their choice and to provide respite and emotional support to the main care-givers. They currently offer one-to-one support for people with dementia, and have activity centres in Braintree, Rayleigh and Leigh-on-Sea for those with dementia and their carers.