Community Involvement

Co-operative society has community at its heart

The East of England Co-operative Society is the winner of the award for Community Involvement in the 2013 EADT Business Awards.

The society is the region’s largest ethical retailer and sees supporting the local communities it serves as central to its values, with its support ranging from providing raffle prizes for community groups to projects worth thousands of pounds.

Through a survey of members, it has identified wildlife habitat initiatives, support to improve the lifestyles of older people and education on healthy eating as priority areas.

Award winners Amanda Long and Clive Mann with Emma Hibbert

Another example of its concern for communities is the “Every Minute Counts” campaign, which is funding the installation of 100 community access defibrillators in locations across the East of England.

The other finalists in the catetory were Grange Fitness and TA Hotel Collection.

Grange Fitness is an independent gym facility which offers services including personal training, sports massage and fitness classes.

It has captured the support of its local community in getting behind a charity fundraising efforts which involved founder Matt Brennan putting himself up against a series of opponents in the boxing ring.

TA Hotel Collection is a group of award-winning luxury hotel and leisure businesses at locations including Thorpeness, Aldeburgh, Woodbridge and Lavenham. It works extensively with local school children, through education activities and the promotion of careers in the hospitality trade, and also donates 1% of its operating profit to local charities.

The judges said: “The breadth of the society’s engagement with the communities in which it operates is extensive, and we were particularly impressed by its campaign to roll out defibrillators across villages, including ones where it does not have stores.”


ADNAMS, the Southwold-based brewer, distiller, retailer and hotelier has been a proud sponsor of the Anglian Business Award Community Involvement category since 2005.

Throughout the years, we have been impressed by the volume and at the variety of community-based projects taking place in Suffolk’s businesses, large and small.

Judges always say that their award has been hard to judge and that the standard is high and this has certainly been the case in this category.

Adnams’ decision to sponsor this award was based on a firm commitment to “doing the right thing”; about providing a sustainable business that is a good neighbour to its community. We believe that, at its simplest level, sustainability is about longevity. Adnams has been in business since 1872 and plans to be around for many, many more years to come.

At a deeper level it’s about building stronger relationships – with our people, our customers, our community and the wider world. That means developing an exceptional working culture at Adnams, managing our social and environmental impacts to deliver positive improvements and achieving better business results, on a consistent basis.

It’s about “doing things right” and being seen to do so. Our values drive our success. In a recent employee survey 93% of Adnams employees said they were proud or extremely proud to work for Adnams.

Adnams has a strong sense of community and supports many local events and organisations. Established in 1990, the Adnams Charity aims to make a difference at grassroots level. The Adnams Charity was founded to celebrate our centenary as a public company and is funded by a percentage of annual profits, the charity supports causes within a 25-mile radius of Southwold. Last year the Charity made 71 grants totalling more than £74,500.

In addition to the charity, Adnams supports a wide number of community events such as the Suffolk Show, Suffolk Dog Day and the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival. In addition, 10 years ago, Adnams adopted a 1km section of Southwold’s beach and organizes an annual clean-up in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society’s BeachWatch campaign.

In recent years, Adnams has sponsored the Tour of Britain cycling event and a number of regional cycle rides and has encouraged people to sign up to join the Adnams team. The Adnams 10k run has grown as an event and now attracts some 800 runners who brave the windy, chilly conditions in November.

These are just a few examples of how Adnams gets involved in its community, many more examples can be discovered at

Main Sponsors

EDF Energy Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
"Congratulations to all our winners and finalists. This is the 17th year of the awards and, once again, the judges have been hugely impressed by both the quality and the diversity of the businesses taking part."Terry HuntEditor, East Anglian Daily Times