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Run by humans: Lou

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Before her Suma days, Lou was already knowledgeable about co-ops – she was a team leader at Village Greens, a community-owned co-op in Prestwich. And showcased her organisational skills as a trade show co-ordinator at fellow worker co-op, Essential Trading in Bristol. To add to that, she worked in a cancer hospital. Booked round-the-world trips as a travel agent. […]

Wholefoods & Wholesome Folk: Bramley Wholefoods

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Bramley Wholefoods went from pioneering as a zero-waste shop to evolving into a hub for wholesome, natural foods with eco-friendly options. They’ve been at the forefront of sustainable living in Leeds for the past 5 years. Please tell us about you, your customers, your staff, and your business.It’s just the two of us that work […]

Local Legends: Surplus to Purpose

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We put a spotlight on one of the inspiring organisations we work with – local legends, Surplus to Purpose – a beacon of innovation in the fight against food waste. As part of our ongoing work on sustainability, some of our team were recently able to visit our good friends at Surplus to Purpose (SToP), […]

Local Legends: St. Augustine’s

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From the outside looking in, a co-operative may look like any other business but it’s how we operate that makes us different. Owned and run by our members, all co-ops share a set of values and principles. One of the core principles driving us is our commitment to the community – whether it’s aiding education […]

Local Legends: ChaCo

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Chapeltown Cohousing (ChaCo) is a social, co-housing project in Leeds and a brilliant example of how communities can create their own sustainable, low energy and low carbon affordable homes. Back in 2017, Suma gave ChaCo a loan to help this amazing project create housing for 33 families. After an unforgettable 13 year roller coaster ride, […]

Wholefoods & Wholesome Folk: Mehr Fardoonji

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Mehr Fardoonji is 92 years old, owns Oakcroft Organic Market Gardens and runs a food group in Malpas, Cheshire, unloading and delivering the food herself. She opened an account with Suma in January 1980. 11 years before I, dear reader, was born! I went to visit Mehr. She told me about her extraordinary life as […]