East of England Co-op
Sponsors of Pride of Essex Award
The East of England Co-op is the largest, totally independent retailer in the East Anglian region, with over 230 stores in local towns and villages across Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
Owned by over 288,000 members – our customers, colleagues and the local community, we believe in sharing our success and giving back to the people and communities around us.
We’re incredibly proud to once again support these awards that celebrate our talented network of restaurants, retailers, chefs and producers who each share a common goal with us of making great local food, drink and hospitality available to those who live in and visit Essex.
Creating great tasting food and drink is something we’re really good at in East Anglia. Through our Sourced Locally initiative we shine a light on local producers every day in our stores, so we’re delighted to be supporting these awards, which recognise producers that Essex can, and should, be proud of.
The East of England Co-op has proudly served local communities across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire for over 150 years. Today they have over 230 branches across the region, including food stores, funeral services, pharmacy, optical and travel services, petrol forecourts, stone masonry and a property division.
We’re incredibly proud to once again support these awards that celebrate our talented network of restaurants, retailers, chefs and producers who each share a common goal with us, of making great local food, drink and hospitality available to those who live in and visit Essex.
We’ve been celebrating local produce in our stores each day, for a decade, through our own award-winning Sourced Locally initiative, working with over 100 producers to bring thousands of products to our shelves.
East Anglia as a region is renowned for producing great tasting food and drink, with high quality hospitality to match. From fruit and vegetables, to rearing livestock and catching seafood off its iconic coastline, Essex is home to some of the best producers in the UK, as well as many dedicated and talented chefs. Combine this with welcoming array of hotels, pubs, restaurants and cafes, you can be sure of a culinary treat, all topped off with great service.
We are very excited to be sponsoring the ‘Pride of Essex’ category and to see who has been nominated this year; from those who have dedicated a lifetime to their trade to new faces taking their first steps into the industry. As with every year, what really shines through is people’s genuine pride and passion in what they do, and making a positive difference through food and drink.
From speaking with our own local producers, we know that receiving thanks from their customers is hugely important in giving them the drive and determination to keep doing what they’re doing, and gives them the confidence to push forward and grow their businesses. As a customer or business, what better way to say thank you for the hardworking, dedicated people working in the background to bring us the produce we enjoy, and provide the service that makes dining out a true experience.