Chelmsford Star Leads the Way on Gender Diversity

The recently published annual report on the state of the Co-operative sector titled “Homegrown: The Co-operative Economy 2013”, shows the Co-operative economy has grown by 3.3% during the last twelve months, a rate ahead of the economy as a whole.

In the latest report, Chelmsford Star is ranked 13th in turnover terms out of the UK consumer retail societies and 30th in the UK Co-operative 100, up one place from 31st in 2012.

Chelmsford Star appoints new Executive Managers

Last week, Chelmsford Star Co-operative completed the formation of the Executive Management team, which will lead the Society into a new era.

The Society has made two new appointments to fill a skills gap in the management team and to replace the Head of Membership, following the appointment of Keith Grinsted, the previous Member Relations Officer, as Head of Specialist Retail.

Chelmsford Star Co-operative acquires Public House

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society has recently acquired The Catcracker Public House in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex.

The Society completed the purchase of the Public House from Enterprise Inns and intends to convert the property to a convenience store taking its number of food stores to 39 across Essex.

Commenting on the acquisition Chief Executive Officer, Barry Wood said; “The Society is committed to growing its estate of food stores and especially moving into new trading areas”.

The Only Way is Local - Essex Co-operate Society, Pledges Support for Essex Producers

Local Co-operate Society, Chelmsford Star has pledged during this year’s Co-operative Fortnight (24th June-6th July), to source and bring together the excellence of Essex food and beverage producers. This important initiative is to be promoted under the ‘Only Way is Local; Support your Essex Producer marque.

This will be rolled out across the Society’s convenience food store estate where each store (size dependant) will stock a number of Essex producers highlighted with promotional material.

The Only Way is Local - Calling all Essex Food and Drink Producers!

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society has pledged to support Essex food and drink producers by stocking their produce across the Society’s 37 convenience food stores.  They are also proposing a huge tasting event in Chelmsford City Centre.

The Star Co-op is a founder member of an annual event called Co-operative Fortnight which is a national campaign that raises awareness of co-operative businesses in the UK.  This year Co-operatives Fortnight runs from 22 June to 6 July 2013 and focuses on how co-operatives are local, loved and trusted.

Chelmsford Star Raises Record Amount for Essex Canine Partners

Members, customers, and employees of Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society have in the last twelve months, raised over £36,000 for local assistance dog charity, Canine Partners.

During the period, raffles, dress-down days, shopping events, dog washes and other money making ideas all helped the Society to achieve £36,234 for its sixth Charity of the Year.  This was up over 3% on the previous year when the Society’s cause was Families InFocus (Essex).

Lindsey Hurrell, Essex Community Fund Raiser for Canine Partners said;

Chelmsford Star Coop Announces results of Annual Elections at its AGM

Chelmsford Star Co-operative was delighted once again to have fully contested elections at its 2013 Annual General Meeting held on 29th April, 2013.

The meeting, chaired by its president Pauline Dodd, took members through both trading performance and forthcoming initiatives prior to voting.  She commented;

“Despite the difficult trading environment, the Society was still trading profitably and that members should be much encouraged by its positive performance.”

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Highlights its Business Success!

Local Co-operative Society, Chelmsford Star is to hold its Annual General Meeting (213th Members’ Meeting) in its quadrant department store, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford on Monday, 29th April at 6.30pm.

President Pauline Dodd will report on the growth of the Society which has been continuous year on year for well over a decade and will pay tribute to the current Chief Executive Officer, Tony Gudgeon who retires at the end of the week. Tony and his executive team were instrumental in the Society growth not only in sales but more importantly profitability.