Heart of England Co-operative Society

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Heart of England Co-operative Society Limited
Consumer Co-operative
IndustryRetail (Wholesale)
HeadquartersWhittle House, Foleshill Enterprise Park, Courtaulds Way, Coventry, CV6 5NX
Key people
Ali Kurji, Chief Executive
ProductsGrocer, Funeral Director

The Heart of England Co-operative Society is an independent consumer co-operative in the United Kingdom. Based in Nuneaton, the Society trades in the English counties of West Midlands, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

Registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014,[1] the Society is a member of Co-operatives UK (formerly the Co-operative Union), the Co-operative Group (formerly Co-operative Wholesale Society) and its national buying scheme, the Co-operative Retail Trading Group.


The Heart of England Co-operative Society originates from the Lockhurst Lane Industrial Co-operative Society founded by ribbon makers in the parish of Foleshill, Coventry in 1832. In 1968, Lockhurst Lane merged with the Coventry and District Co-operative Society, which had been formed as the Coventry Perseverance Co-operative Society in 1867.

Founded in 1844, East Mercia Co-operative Society was the product of a series of mergers, most recently between the Nuneaton and Atherstone District Co-operative Society and the Hinckley and Barwell Co-operative Society in 1980.[2] The two businesses merged in 1992, forming the Coventry and East Mercia Co-operative Society before adopting the Heart of England name in 2000.[3]


According to the International Co-operative Alliance, "A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically controlled enterprise."[4]

Today, the Society operates The Co-operative Food and The Co-operative Funeralcare. Membership is open to all residents of its trading area, with members receiving a share of the profits in the form of dividend.

Non-Food Closure[edit]

In September 2015 it was announced that the society was to close all of its non food division, the first store closure was its Coventry Home and Living store, which closed on 24 October 2015.

The rest of the non food stores closed within the 12 months from September 2015.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Registered in England and Wales, No. 2399R
  2. ^ Notice of cancellation pursuant to section 16 of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 London Gazette, No. 48272 (p. 11166), 6 August 1980
  3. ^ Notice of cancellation pursuant to section 16 of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 London Gazette, No. 53003 (p. 12700), 28 July 1992
  4. ^ Statement on the Co-operative Identity (Definition) International Co-operative Alliance, Manchester, 1995
  5. ^ News, BBC. "Heart of England Co-op shutting six department stores". BBC News. BBC NEWS. Retrieved 29 October 2015.

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