Company Shop Group is the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus food and household products. It is a pioneering, family-owned ‘good business doing good’. Handling more than 70 million items of surplus stock in 2018 alone, the business provides all the major retailers, manufacturers and brands with a sustainable solution to tackle supply chain challenges in their operations. Company Shop Group strives to change mindsets across the sector to unlock the full potential in surplus and avoid unnecessary waste. Company Shop Group returned £16.5m to the industry in 2018, resulting in an overall return of £128m in the last decade.
The award also recognised Community Shop, the group’s social enterprise, which sells high quality, low-cost surplus food to local members who are receiving welfare support and are motivated to make a positive change in their lives.
As well as providing food access to those living on the cusp of food poverty, Community Shop engages and connects with every member who comes through its doors. At its Community Hub, members can benefit from personal development support, with everything from debt advice and employability skills, to cook clubs, mentoring and home budgeting.
Figures from the last published report show Community Shop helped provide nearly 10 million meals to 14,000 people across the UK.
The group’s business model is built on an unwavering commitment to sustainability. This was most recently recognised by winning a prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category, a second Queen’s Award for the business. Judges praised Company Shop Group’s significant commercial success, while generating positive benefits for society, the economy and the environment.
With a heritage spanning five decades, Company Shop Group purchases surplus food and household items from the fast moving consumer goods supply chain. The products are perfectly good to use, but for a variety of reasons are classed as surplus, for example a particular promotion on the packaging being no longer valid; labelling or packaging errors; forecasting issues; seasonal products or a lack of consumer demand.
The surplus stock is redistributed through the group’s national network of superstores, staff shops operating on manufacturing sites, click and collect locations and Community Shops.
The 150,000-plus members across its closed-membership stores can access products from major retailers and household brands, including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Aldi, M&S, Lidl, Ocado, Morrisons, Iceland, Nestle, Heinz, Müller and more, at deeply discounted prices. This helps stretch hard-working family budgets, with members typically saving 53% off normal retail prices.
Founder and Chairman of Company Shop Group, John Marren, says: “It is an absolute honour to receive our second Queen’s Award, which is reflective of our unwavering commitment to sustainability and our guiding principle of being a business that is a force for social good.
It is an honour to receive our second Queen’s Award, which is reflective of our unwavering commitment to sustainability and our guiding principle of being a business that is a force for social good
“It is also a true testament to the hard work and dedication of all our colleagues across the business who have helped to achieve so much, and to all our partners across the industry who enable us to generate such transformative social, economic and environmental impact every day.
“We look forward to continuing to maximise the impact of our work across the supply chain, keeping sustainability and brand integrity at the heart of our business, and supporting hard working and low-income families to stretch their budgets further, and helping to build stronger individuals and more confident communities.”
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