“The figures we’ve released in our Impact Report show the true scale of what can be achieved when the industry comes together to take a sustainable and innovative approach to surplus. This collaboration is delivering positive impact socially, economically and environmentally.
“However, there’s more to do and we know that there remains a significant amount of surplus that is not being redistributed, which could help support even more people and communities. I know the ambition and passion to continue making a difference is strong across the industry, so I’d encourage everyone to think differently about waste and continue to work together so that we can unlock even more surplus and create even greater value for our partners, for people and for the planet.” Owen McLellan, Managing Director at Company Shop Group.
Through its Company Shop stores, the Group has maintained its commitment to helping stretched budgets of hard-working families and those most in need, go further, welcoming more members to its stores. Across the year, these shoppers collectively saved over £100 million by accessing products at an average of 53% off the average retail price.
Over the last 12 months, the Group’s award-winning social enterprise, Community Shop, has met the soaring demand for its services thanks to a significant increase (46%) in stock donations. Thanks to this support, Community Shop has reached over 28,000 households and generated the equivalent of 6.7million meals.
Community Shop’s powerful combination of access to deeply discounted food and life-changing learning and development initiatives has seen over 26,600 people engage with these programmes and helped 91% of members feel an increased sense of financial stability. Similarly, with more than 20,000 people attending cook clubs, 87% of members reported eating more fruit and vegetables since joining. And since it opened, Community Shop has now supported 924 members into employment, and 1,044 into higher education.