We were a new cooperative enterprise that ran between September 2012 and April 2014, with the aim of supplying ethical, affordable and local food. Sustainability and community were at the heart of what we did, empowering people to contribute to the rejuvenation of their High Street.”
We were registered and operating under Industrial Provident Society rules. Our aim was to create a community hub in the heart of Stirchley, South Birmingham by establishing a sustainable business model in the form of a Cooperative Food Retailer, a shop selling bulk food ingredients, sold by weight, and run by the community for the community.
We were a ‘not for profit’ business and were managed and run by a team of unpaid volunteers, each being rewarded for their efforts with a 10% shop discount.
We started life as a living room buying group known as South Birmingham Food Cooperative, and then helped to set up Stirchley Market. We then became a shop open 5 hours a day 5 days a week.
We stocked a range of foods including :
Dried Scoop Products – bought in bulk and sold on weight including; raisins, apricots, nuts, flour, rice and lentils
Jack Rabbit – locally produced spice mixes
Chuffufle Chutney- delicious local chutneys
Ecoleaf – eco friendly cleaning products – pay by the litre
Loaf – infamous breads freshly made in the bakery
More Fresh – local milk, eggs and butter
Suma – a cooperative wholesale products including tins, condiments’, cleaning products, noodles, crisps, chocolates, peanut butter and a wide range of teas.
Revolver – high quality and good value cooperative coffee
Pips Hot Sauces- fantastically flavoursome sauces
East End Foods- really cheap basic tins and oil