Heritage

  • 1985
  • Company Shop Founder and current Chairman John Marren adopts the model still used today, acquiring a site in Tankersley where the team develops the first membership based shop, employing 50 staff.

  • 1986
  • Original Staff Shop at Tankersley is opened, offering residual stock within its network, and an increasing product range.

  • 1992
  • Corby store is opened, sponsored by Solway Foods.

  • 2003
  • Lee Wood appointed as Trading Director.

  • 2005
  • Company Shop receives approval to stock products from Marks and Spencer.

  • 2006
  • Company Shop receives approval to stock products from Tesco and Asda, alongside a number of additional manufacturers. It now works with 180 suppliers.

  • 2007
  • Company Shop shares its first Brand Integrity Policy with retailers.

  • 2009
  • Company Shop’s ‘Click and collect’ service rolled out at six sites.

  • 2010
  • Mark Game is appointed as Company Shop’s new Managing Director.

  • As staff numbers reach 250, Company Shop focuses on developing its people strategy.

  • 2011
  • As Company Shop’s staff numbers reach 300, it invests £500,000 in new technology, to support both its warehousing and in-store services.

  • Company Shop’s Corby store is relocated to new premises on Earlstrees Industrial Estate, in order to increase membership and warehousing space.

  • Company Shop receives approval to stock products from Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.

  • As Kerry McCarthy MP addresses Parliament on the ‘immoral’ issue of food waste, Company Shop joins the debate by offering industry insight to parliamentarians and the media.

  • 2012
  • Company Shop relocates to its new £8 million headquarters in Tankersley, South Yorkshire, and opens a new store in Grimsby.

  • In collaboration with Tesco, Company Shop develops new Distribution Centre (DC) food redistribution model. As part of this collaboration, Company Shop starts to generate cash donations for Tesco’s charity of the year.

  • Company Shop announces it now redistributes around 15,000 tonnes of surplus food. It is invited to provide expert insight on industry groups led by WRAP and DEFRA in order to discuss food redistribution.

  • 2013
  • Company Shop awarded "Best Business Initiative" by The Grocer magazine.

  • Staff numbers exceed 500, tonnages handled exceed 30,000 per year and sales grow by nearly 30%, from from £19 million to £28 million.

  • Company Shop receives approval to stock products from Iceland and The Co-Operative.

  • Company Shop awarded ISO14001 for Environmental Waste Management Systems, the industry standard that demonstrates its commitment to improving its own environmental impact whilst helping the UK food industry.

  • Sarah Dunwell is appointed as Company Shop’s Director of Social and Environmental Affairs.

  • Tom Rumboll is appointed as Company Shop’s Director of Business Development.

  • Company Shop launches its social enterprise Community Shop - the first social supermarket in the UK.

  • 2014
  • Company Shop shortlisted from 6000 entries to be named finalists in the BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards for ‘Best Initiative’. Shortlisted in the Grocer Gold Awards and two categories in the Food and Drink Federation Awards.

  • Company Shop begin working with food manufacturer Hain Daniels Group, manufacturers of the Linda McCartney range.

  • Company Shop receives approval to handle and stock products from Mars Food, makers of chocolate, Dolmio sauce and other products.

  • Drinks manufacturers Lucozade Ribena Suntory begin working with Company Shop to redistribute their surpluses.

  • Company Shop launches Community Shop’s West Norwood store – the UK’s first full-scale social supermarket.