It's our 160th Birthday
August 2021 marks our 160th birthday! 🎂 🥳 Over the years Lincolnshire Co-op has grown and changed, but we have always been focused on working with our members to make our communities stronger.
We were first founded in 1861 by a joiner from Gainsborough, Thomas Parker, to provide a platform for trading fairly. By the end of the first quarter, there were 74 members and the dividend was 9d.
Fast forward 160 years and we’ve got 223 outlets, we’re owned by around 290,000 members, and in 2020, our dividend payout to members was £3.8m.
Now, it’s time to celebrate! 🎉 We’ve got plenty planned, so keep your eyes peeled. Here’s a sneak preview:
Dress to impress
We’re dressing our outlets in colourful bunting, to get everyone in the celebratory spirit. In line with our continued commitment to supporting our local environment and reducing waste, we’ll also be reusing these for colleague birthdays!
Colleagues will be dressing up to raise money for our Community Champions, with a ‘back to school’ theme to follow. Keep an eye out for them when you’re out and about, but we’ll also be sharing some snaps on social media.
No birthday is complete without cake! Gadsby's Bakery have baked up some tasty cupcakes to celebrate our special day. These Celebration Cupcakes will be on sale in our food stores, with 10p from every packet going to our Community Champions.
Members will also be given the opportunity to win a free pack. To be in with the chance, all members need to do is shop with their dividend card between Wednesday 4th August and Saturday 31st August 2021. Find out more here.
Throughout our time trading, we've been able to support our communities time and time again - a true testament to our success as a society.
We celebrated our 150th birthday with local community groups, donating £500,000 to 150 good causes in our area. To showcase the impact of these grants, we'll be revisiting a couple of these groups and sharing their stories. You might hear them on our in-store radio, read about them on our website, or see them on our social media channels.
Over the years, our stores have developed, but many sit on the same ground they did years prior. Would you recognise your local store if you went back in time?
We'll be putting that to the test, sharing old photographs on our social media and inviting you to let us know if you spot your local store.