Essex-based independent co-op, Chelmsford Star, announced a year-on-year growth in sales of 3.9% at its half-yearly interim meeting this week, increasing to 4.4% growth when measured on a like-for-like basis. The result has been fuelled by excellent performances in its core food and funeral businesses, which CEO Barry Wood puts down to significant investment ‘behind the scenes’ over the last few years.
Earlier this year, our Funerals team launched a brand new weekend Bereavement Aftercare & Support Group. The service is aimed at those of working age who may find it difficult to attend a support group around the normal working day.
We are pleased to say that the sessions have been very well received, and will be continuing into 2019. The sessions take place in a private room at Chelmsford Library on a Saturday morning (9am - 11am), and are an informal opportunity for people to meet with others in a similar situation.
Our Membership & Community team have been very busy over the past couple of weeks. They've been getting out and about and presenting money raised on our fundraising Community Cards to a number of groups across Essex.
We've presented Braintree Town Football Club with a cheque for £180. The Football Club plans to put this money towards a disabled toilet facility.
Thriftwood School in Chelmsford received £255, and their funds are going towards subsidising school trips for the children.
Celebrating 25 years of fashion, Pomodoro creates beautifully co-ordinated collections that mix statement colours with striking prints. They have joined the Chelmsford Quadrant store as our latest Ladieswear concession.
Our Quadrant department stores are keen to offer a great price to our members and customers and as such have price checked numerous small electrical items against other high street retailers to ensure the best price is being offered.
For example, the Russell Hobbs Legacy coffee maker in red is for sale in our Chelmsford Quadrant store for just £29.99, compared to Argos selling the same item for £49.99 (Checked on 09.09.2018).
Come in and see for yourselves what we have on offer!
Tom Romeo founded the BEARPAW brand in 2001 with the intention of redefining casual footwear by utilizing sheepskin, nature’s own technical fabric, to create comfortable and stylish shoes.
Sheepskin naturally regulates body temperature so feet stay cooler and drier in the heat and warmer in the cold. In one of the most competitive footwear market segments, BEARPAW has carved out a niche area by providing customers with comfort and sensibility to set itself apart.
Help Test Our New Student Card!
We’re trialling a new set of benefits for those in full-time education, and we’re asking students at Writtle College to help test it out. We will be attending the Writtle Freshers Fayre on Wednesday 12th September - so why not come along and sign up then?!
We would like to hear about all your experiences using the card; the good, the bad, and the ugly, so we can make sure we’ve ironed out any teething issues before launching it across Essex. Contact details will be supplied with your card....
Our Interim Meeting of Members will be taking place on Monday 8th October 2018
Doors open at 6pm, meeting commences at 6.30pm.
After this time no further members shall be admitted.
Location: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford CM1 1JE
1. To receive the Directors’ Interim Report and Trading Statement for the 28weeks ended 11th August 2018.
2. Management Presentation:
• Review of 2018/19 trading year
Join us on Sunday 7th October at the Memory Walk in Hylands Park in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. We have colleague volunteers from our Head Office & Trent Road store taking part. You may even see our Cooper bear mascot!
Choose from either a 1.5km or 6km walk.
For more information visit https://www.memorywalk.org.uk/find-a-walk/chelmsford-2018/
We have launched a Society Instagram page to keep you up-to-date with what we are doing in our local community.
Whether we are attending local events, fundraising for our Charity of the Year, supporting our community groups, or tidying up the environment around our stores we will be out and about and Instagramming our shenanigans!
Follow us here: https://www.instagram.com/cstarcoop/