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Footballers, innovators and retailers win the Co-operative Awards 2012

Andy Walsh collecting FC United's award from Hanne Hoeke of Heart of England Co-operative Society

A fan owned football club, large retailer and fair trade coffee supplier were the three winners of the prestigious Co-operative Awards 2012, which recognise the excellence, innovation and impact of co-operatives and mutuals across the country.

The awards, organised by Co-operatives UK, were announced at an international gala dinner of 900 people at Co-operatives United in Manchester, a global festival and exhibition taking place in Manchester this week.

Midcounties Co-operative, a retailer trading in a range of business areas including food, pharmacy and energy, won the Co-operative of the Year Award, sponsored by Cobbetts LLP – for overall excellence in relation to performance on all aspects of running a successful cooperative.
 
Midcounties Co-operative has demonstrated excellence in the areas of business and commercial performance with operating profits in the co-operative's last financial year increasing from £18.1 million to £20.9 million, a commitment to employee engagement as well as sustained benefits to members, society and the environment.

Equal Exchange, a fair trade coffee supplier, won the Small Co-operative, Big Achiever Award, sponsored by Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society – for a small co-operative, with a turnover of up to £5 million that has made a big impact with an innovative project or projects.
 
Equal Exchange has, amongst other initiatives, demonstrated a continued dedication to packing products at source, adding revenues, employment and new skills in the areas its members operate.

FC United, a fan owned football club, won the #coops2012 Award, sponsored by the Heart of England Co-operative Society – for the co-operative which has actively used a variety of media (radio, press and social media) to promote how their co operative is building a better world through co operation during 2012.
 
FC United has used a variety of media to engage with its fan base with the long term aim of changing football for the benefit of supporters. The club has also held several events in conjunction with local organisations aimed to bring people in the local community together in order to build a better world through sport and community achievement.

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, said: "The Co-operative Awards 2012 celebrate the business success and ethical values of co-operatives and mutuals in the UK."

"The winners of this year's awards stand out amongst very high calibre entries as businesses that are innovating, promoting co-operative enterprise and performing well all round."

Ben Reid, Chief Executive of Midcounties said: "It has been an exciting 12 months as we have developed and expanded our food, energy, childcare and travel businesses in particular. We have had the confidence to invest and diversify despite the challenging economy because we believe in the co-operative way of doing business. Winning Cooperative of the Year is a fine endorsement of our approach."

Andy Walsh, FC United's general manager, said: "The club's media work not only helps spread the word about FC United and supporter-ownership, but also gives many of our coowners the chance to be involved, develop their own skills and take responsibility for running an important element of the club."