We have always been an ethical business with a strong community focus. Wherever we work, we get involved and do everything we can to make a real difference. It’s part of our philosophy, and makes us what we are. We do great work on a national and even a global scale, and we also work with our local communities to help meet their needs. Our Head Office is no different, and we’re helping in many different ways.
Jobs and education
Just the building itself has created thousands of jobs in the North West, including many local apprenticeships.
As the site develops, we’ll create even more, while our Co-operative Academy and our Trust Schools will help local children make the most of educational opportunities.
As well as an environmentally sustainable office building, we’re working closely with Manchester City Council, local businesses and community groups to promote greener travel and improved public transport. We’re also involved with local schools, helping young people ‘think green’.
We’re supporting many initiatives by offering volunteer support and fundraising activities. Among the charities we’re supporting there’s Barnabus and Lifeshare which both work to help young homeless and disadvantaged people rebuild their lives. We’re also involved in the Manchester Refugee Support network.
We make support and advice available to local businesses to help them grow and develop their ideas. We have our own Enterprise Hub in the city which is supporting a wide range of businesses, including FC United of Manchester.
Since 2009 we’ve been working with the RECLAIM project to involve youngsters in our new Head Office plans, with the aim of raising their confidence and aspirations. A group of local teenage girls have helped us to research and design new gym facilities for the building.