The Midcounties Co-operative is the largest independent consumer co-operative in the United Kingdom. Registered in England under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, it is a member of Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative Retail Trading Group. In 2015 Co-operative Energy initially became the fourth most complained about utility company, with thousands of customers left without bills for six months, before then becoming the second most complained about company and later, in the third quarter of the year, the most complained about.

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  • The Midcounties Co-operative is the largest independent consumer co-operative in the United Kingdom. Registered in England under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, it is a member of Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative Retail Trading Group. The Society's principal activity is retailing in the English Midlands. Its trading groups are Food, Funeralcare, Travel, Pharmacy, Post Office, Childcare, Flexible Benefits and Energy. The Midcounties Co-operative has its headquarters in Warwickshire, with trading outlets in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire and the surrounding counties, but also has a national trading presence through its Travel, Childcare, Energy and Flexible Benefits businesses. In 2015 Co-operative Energy initially became the fourth most complained about utility company, with thousands of customers left without bills for six months, before then becoming the second most complained about company and later, in the third quarter of the year, the most complained about. As of mid 2013, Midcounties became a £1bn business with more than 500 sites and 439,000 members. In 2014 trade with members as a proportion of total sales increased to over 45%. The Midcounties Co-operative has a strong commitment to investing in the communities in which it trades through responsible trading, local sourcing, community projects and charitable work. To this end the co-op invested 17.6% of its 2013-2014 pre-tax profits (£1.8m) into the communities in which it trades. This figure is significantly higher than the average value for large UK co-ops (6.9%) or other rival supermarkets (2.4%). The Society was a pioneer of the 'Fair Tax Mark' and has been ranked in The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies To Work For list in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Its mission statement is 'To be a successful consumer co-operative working towards creating a better, fairer world, and to enhance the lives of our colleagues, members, customers, and the communities we serve'. It has also invested in Westmill Wind Farm Co-operative in Watchfield, Oxfordshire, identified by its promoters as the UK's largest community-owned wind farm at its opening in 2008. The founding (non-executive) president is Patrick Gray. (en)
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  • The Midcounties Co-operative is the largest independent consumer co-operative in the United Kingdom. Registered in England under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, it is a member of Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative Retail Trading Group. In 2015 Co-operative Energy initially became the fourth most complained about utility company, with thousands of customers left without bills for six months, before then becoming the second most complained about company and later, in the third quarter of the year, the most complained about. (en)
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