Shadow chancellor Ed Balls (Lab) visited Suma Wholefoods to see the workers’ cooperative in action.
He was invited by Calder Valley parliamentary candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn after the Elland based firm increased its export business from 3% to 20% in the last 7 years.
Mr Balls said: “It’s clearly really unusual and really successful as a business. What we want in the economy is people who innovate and try new things. They are selling all over the world.”
Jeff Walker, cooperative member, said: “It was great to have Mr Balls here and was an interesting experience. It’s nice to show off a little and get the message out about who we are and what we do.”
Suma – the Calderdale Business Awards Employer of the Year 2013 – is the UK’s largest equal pay employer (everyone there receives the same salary and pay and conditions) and does business across the UK, the EU and beyond.