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About Southern Co-op

Putting u in Southern Co-op

Southern Co-op is a large, independent co-operative society established in Portsmouth over 145 years ago. Operating across 11 counties in the south of England, our main business is food where we have a network of over 200 stores. We also offer end of life services which includes funeral homes, crematoria and a natural burial ground.

Our food stores and funeral homes are licenced to use the national Co-operative brand but we operate as an independent society with a great team of around 4,000 colleagues and an annual turnover in the region of £450m.

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Colleague benefits

Annual Leave

All work and no play makes Jack (or Jackie) very dull so enjoy your time away from work. We value your loyalty so your leave increases the longer you work for us

Colleague Member Discount

Your colleague membership card gives you a range of discounts including 10% discount in our retail stores (and 20% discount on payday weekends!)

Healthcare Cashplan

The cost of looking after your family's everyday healthcare can soon mount up and it really hits your budget if everyone needs something at the same time. A Healthcare Cash Plan is a simple and an affordable way for you to spread the cost of bills, paying the same amount each month and then claiming money back for check ups and treatments

Colleague Bonus Scheme

All colleagues are eligible to participate in our bonus scheme which is based on the profit we earn during each financial year

Share Incentive Plan (SIP)

Save up for something special and get a helping hand from both Southern Co-op and the government. Wait for 5 years and then start taking your money tax-free

Group Life Assurance

Financial help for your dependents to give you peace of mind

Pension

Save for your future - your savings are topped up by both Southern Co-op and the government

Paid time to volunteer

Donate your time and expertise to give direct help to others

Training and development

The Academy is the home of learning and development at Southern Co-op. We provide a range of training and development opportunities to help enhance your skills, capabilities and knowledge so you can maximise your potential.

No matter what part of the business you join you'll get a structured induction programme to help you settle into your new role and learn everything you need to know. Before you start, you'll have access to our onboarding portal which will give you the opportunity to find out more about who we are and what it's like to work for us.

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Travel through our history

1844 – Rochdale Pioneers begin the co-operative movement.

1844
Rochdale Pioneers begin the co-operative movement.

1873 – Portsea Island Co-op founded by dockyard workers. First shop in Charles Street, Portsmouth.

1873
Portsea Island Co-op founded by dockyard workers. First shop in Charles St, Portsmouth.

1933 – We had 41,000 members and the business had a turnover of £1M.

1933
We had 41,000 members and the business had a turnover of £1M.

1935 – opened our first funeral home.

1935
Opened our first funeral home.

2010 – Reached 100,000 members.

2010
Reached 100,000 members.

2007 – Local flavours range launched.

2007
Local flavours range launched.

2007 – Opened our 100th Store in Lee-on-the-solent.

2007
Opened our 100th Store in Lee-on-the-solent.

1980 – A time of boom and bust, we opened the countrys first hypermarket.

1980
A time of boom and bust, we opened the country's first hypermarket.

2013 – Opened The Oaks crematorium.

2013
Opened The Oaks crematorium.

2016 – Opened our 200th store.

2016
Opened our 200th store.

2017 – Became full owners of East Devon Crematorium.

2017
Became full owners of East Devon Crematorium.

2018 – Achieved total sales of £400m.

2018
Achieved total sales of £400m.

1844 – Rochdale Pioneers begin the co-operative movement.

1844
Rochdale Pioneers begin the co-operative movement.

1873 – Portsea Island Co-op founded by dockyard workers. First shop in Charles Street, Portsmouth.

1873
Portsea Island Co-op founded by dockyard workers. First shop in Charles St, Portsmouth.

1935 – opened our first funeral home.

1935
Opened our first funeral home.

1933 – We had 41,000 members and the business had a turnover of £1M.

1933
We had 41,000 members and the business had a turnover of £1M.

1980 – A time of boom and bust, we opened the countrys first hypermarket.

1980
A time of boom and bust, we opened the country's first hypermarket.

2007 – Opened our 100th Store in Lee-on-the-solent.

2007
Opened our 100th Store in Lee-on-the-solent.

2010 – Reached 100,000 members.

2010
Reached 100,000 members.

2007 – Local flavours range launched.

2007
Local flavours range launched.

2013 – Opened The Oaks crematorium.

2013
Opened The Oaks crematorium.

2016 – Opened our 200th store.

2016
Opened our 200th store.

2018 – Achieved total sales of £400m.

2018
Achieved total sales of £400m.

2017 – Became full owners of East Devon Crematorium.

2017
Became full owners of East Devon Crematorium.