I’m not necessarily a great fan of prizes and competitions but I have to say that the workers’ cooperative Suma, based just a few miles away from here close to the M62 motorway, fully deserves their award from Co-operatives UK as Cooperative of the Year. I reported on their recent successes in a blog earlier this year (you’ll find it if you look back to my entries for mid-March).
As well as Ed Mayo from Co-ops UK the current TUC President Mohammed Taj visited Suma last week to present the award. The press release I’ve been sent includes a quote from Suma’s Bob Cannell, which is interesting if like me you’re interested in the relation between coops and trade unions.
“Suma has had a BFAWU [bakers’ and food workers union] branch for 30 years now and around 80% of our worker members are union members,” Bob is quoted as saying. “Union advice and support has proved invaluable over the years, for individual workers and for our co-operative, demonstrating that worker co-operatives and trade unions can work together for mutual benefit; it has certainly worked for us.”