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Suma tastes awards success

Marking Employee Ownership Day (left to right): Ian Wood, BFAWU, Bob Cannell, Suma Wholefoods, Mohammed Taj, President of TUC, Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co-operatives UK and Ronnie Draper, General Secretary, BFAWU.

Marking Employee Ownership Day (left to right): Ian Wood, BFAWU, Bob Cannell, Suma Wholefoods, Mohammed Taj, President of TUC, Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co-operatives UK and Ronnie Draper, General Secretary, BFAWU.

Elland-based Suma Wholefoods has been crowned Co-operative of the Year 2014 by Co-operatives UK.

The firm celebrated the achievement at the same time as marking Employee Ownership Day and Co-operatives Fortnight with a visit from TUC President Mohammed Taj.

During Mr Taj’s visit, Suma’s workforce was also joined by Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, who presented them with the Co-operative of the Year award.

Last year, Suma, who employ 140 workers, delivered their best trading performance for 35 years, turning over £34 million.

A wage rise and a bonus were enjoyed by workers and ten full-time jobs were created.

Suma Wholefoods spokesperson Bob Cannell said: “We were pleased Taj could witness first-hand the great jobs we are creating and that excellent wages and job security are a business priority for us.

“Suma has had a BFAWU branch for 30 years now and around 80 per cent of our worker members are union members.

“Union advice and support has proved invaluable over the years, for individual workers and for our co-operative, demonstrating that worker co-operatives and trade unions can work together for mutual benefit.

”It is an honour to be recognised as Co-operative of the Year. This is testament to the hard work and dedication of our worker members and we are on course for another successful year.”

 

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