By Pat Moral
The awards were organised by Co-operatives UK, the national network that works to promote, develop and unite member-owned businesses, which are worth £34.1 billion to the UK economy.
The Phone Co-op is a consumer
A growth in turnover of 19% over the last five years to £10 million, a surge in membership to 11,000, along with its strong ethical commitment, saw The Phone Co-op take the lead over other nominees Salford Community Leisure and
Vivian Woodell, Chief Executive of The Phone Co-op, said:
"We're delighted that The Phone Co-op has been recognised by co-operators across the UK in this prestigious national award. It's a tribute to everyone involved, including the Board and all my colleagues who work so hard every day to make sure we're providing the best possible
"It's also a tribute to our members, without whose support The Phone Co-op couldn't have achieved what it has. It means a huge amount to all of us that we've won because of the support of people across the UK. You've given us the encouragement to keep pushing ahead and to take The Phone Co-op and co-operation to the next level. Thank you!"
By partnering with a like-minded Social Enterprise like Fairphone, The Phone Co-op is bringing meaningful change to the telecoms industry and informing consumers on why they should care about where their products come from. Working directly with mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fairphone has a traceable supply chain for all four so-called 'conflict minerals' (gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten), and prioritises the wellbeing of the factory workers who make its ethical smartphones in China.
"The Co-operative of the Year awards are an annual showcase of the UK's best co-operative businesses - and with the winners decided by the votes of staff and
"The Phone Co-op has grown quickly in a difficult and fast-paced market whilst delivering unswerving support for co-operative and environmental initiatives. Well done everyone at The Phone Co-op on their richly deserved success in the 2016 Co-operative of the Year awards."