Goodness Gang Encourages Youngsters to Eat Their 5 a Day!

In a bid to encourage youngsters to take more interest in fruit and vegetables, local co-operative society, Chelmsford Star has just introduced a collection of 7 loveable characters called the Goodness Gang into its food stores.

The set comprises of Bobby Broccoli, Grace Garlic, Ben Banana, Poppy Pear, Alfie Aubergine, Sophie Strawberry and Charlie Carrot.  

Head of Food, Stuart Hammond said;

Star Co-op Presents over £1250 to Local Community Groups!

Pauline Dodd, President of Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society will be presenting cheques to four of the Society’s Community Card groups at its quadrant department store in Chelmsford.

Canine Partners (Essex), Hearing Help Essex, Farleigh Hospice and the Chelmsford Gym Club will receive cheques totalling £1278 which they have earned using the fund raising initiative over the past year. Over 250 community groups within the Society’s Essex catchment area financially benefit from the scheme which has been running since 1999.

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Funerals Celebrates 20 Years of Service to the Braintree Community!

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Funeral Services is to celebrate the 20th anniversary since it first opened the doors of its Braintree Funeral Home in Clare Road off the town centre.
The branch is run on a daily basis by Family Liaison Officer, Pam Goldberger who has been there since the start. Prior to Clare Road, the Society had a funeral home at Bradford Street which Pam first joined in 1990.

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.

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;