Minnie has led the East of England Co-op’s engagement on responsible business. The company won a Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Award for its work in supporting supply development in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Its support of local producers has ploughed over £45m back into the local economy. Minnie is recognised as a business leader in the East of England and is well integrated within the development of the local economy in Suffolk, being a Suffolk Business Ambassador and sitting on the Boards of Suffolk Business Women and Ipswich Business Improvement District (BID).
Minnie leads the Co-op’s engagement with members and communities. As part of this, the East of England Co-op is working to become the region’s leading dementia-friendly retailer. It has recently trained over 80% of its colleagues as Dementia Friends and won national recognition in 2016 by being awarded The Princess Royal Training Awards and Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year.
As An Ambassador
Minnie sits on Business in the Community’s East of England Advisory Board and will champion the East of England Co-op’s practice and principles. She will lead on a Business in the Community’s Seeing Is Believing event and various other events to profile supply chain engagement in the rural economy.
With the support of Business in the Community, she will also champion education projects including ‘Employability for Everyone’.