The co-operative movement works side-by-side with Labour to promote socially responsible business practices. Co-operatives work for the benefit of their members and the community and not for shareholders. They have sincere policies based on clear principles to promote local business, sell sustainable produce, provide green energy and give surplus back to members.

Here are three simple things you can do to promote co-operatives here in Guildford

  1. Support your newly-opened Co-op grocery store at the top of Guildford High Street next door to the Civic Centre. It is a smart high street convenience store, open 0700-1100 every day.  It has good deals on everyday basics and freezer food, and stocks ready-meals as well as fresh fruit, veg and wine.
  2. Switch to Co-op energy, run by Britain’s favourite ‘green energy’ provider, Octopus. This is, for most people, cheaper than their current tariff and there’s a lot less bamboozling when you make your choice. I just saved a rather large three-figure sum by switching from EDF, and now I support renewable energy entirely.
  3. Get your regular prescriptions from the Co-op Pharmacy by ordering online. They deliver your repeat prescription to your door for free. This service is better at remembering that your prescription is due than some local Boots stores and supermarkets. You have to provide information at the outset to allow them to access your prescription at the doctor’s.

These three things alone have made my life a bit easier and a bit cheaper, and it means I can support ethical business. Besides all that, my membership card for the Co-op Group gives me 5% cash back on my purchases and 1% to my local community

Join for £1 in store.

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Sue Hackman

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