IN­DE­PEN­DENT RE­TAILER OF THE YEAR

Uni­corn Gro­cery, Chorl­ton

Lancashire Life - - Food & Drink Awards 2019 -

This worker’s co-op­er­a­tive has come a long way since it launched with a work­ing group of two more than 20 years ago. This pop­u­lar gro­cery has won a num­ber of ac­co­lades for its work, in­clud­ing Best Food Re­tailer at the BBC Food & Farm­ing Awards. There’s a fo­cus on or­ganic pro­duce and af­ford­able, whole­some food, buy­ing di­rect from grow­ers and the farm gate. As a prin­ci­pled busi­ness, Uni­corn proves that an eth­i­cal and sus­tain­able ap­proach doesn’t mean any com­pro­mise on qual­ity, va­ri­ety or value for money.

‘It is amaz­ing to be recog­nised for the work we do,’ said mem­ber direc­tor Stu­art Jones. ‘We’re a 70strong worker co-op­er­a­tive and to know that what we do as a group is val­ued by other peo­ple re­ally does mean a lot.

‘We work with so many won­der­ful grow­ers, sup­pli­ers and pro­duc­ers, which is such an im­por­tant part of what we do, and it’s a great feel­ing to get an award that re­ally cel­e­brates that.’

Spon­sor Max­ine Banks-lyon from Bankslyon Jew­ellers with Uni­corn Gro­cery’s Nina Gib­son and Stu­art Jones

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