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Podcast Keeps Co-operative Staff Informed Of Head Office Developments


The Co-operative Group has launched a new podcast designed to keep its 120,000 staff across the UK up to speed with the developments at its new head office being built in Manchester,

The podcast, which will be produced periodically between now and the opening of the Group’s new £100m home, is part of a commitment to communicate progress to both staff and the public.

The Group will move into the 325,000 sq ft of open plan office and support space.
on Miller Street in 2012.

Produced by the Internal Communications team, the podcast includes interviews with the Group’s Programme Director for the new building, Peter Cookson, and Ian Fleming from its construction partners BAM.

Robert Cohen, Senior Communications Manager at the Group said: “We’re really excited to be able to launch this podcast, which will give people across the country the chance to find out about some of the qualities that will make our new home such an exciting and unique place to work. The podcast allows the people involved with the project to really bring it to life and there is a lot of fascinating information that you can only get through the podcast.”

Editor’s notes
The Co-operative Group

The Co-operative Food is the fifth largest food retailer, following the acquisition of the Somerfield supermarket chain in March 2009. The Co-operative Financial Services is one of the largest and most diversified financial mutual businesses, operating The Co-operative Bank, The Co-operative Insurance and Britannia.

It is also the UK’s number one provider of funeral services, the third largest retail pharmacy chain, a leading travel retailer, supplying the travel needs of more than three million people annually, and is the UK’s largest farmer.

The Co-operative stands apart from other major retailers in the UK as a business which is owned, not by a small group of shareholders, but by more than five million consumers. With core interests in food, financial services, travel, pharmacy, funerals and farms, it has an annual turnover of £14 billion, employs 123,000 staff and operates over 5,000 retail trading outlets handling more than 20 million weekly transactions.

The Co-operative has been voted the UK’s most ethical brand thanks to its strong sense of Corporate Social Responsibility, and 98 per cent of all its outlets are powered by renewable energy. With 260 Fairtrade grocery products, it has the widest range of Fairtrade grocery products as well as engaging in many other Environmental Initiatives.

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