Black and white photo of the Society founders

About Us

We're at the heart of our communities...

In 1832, nine local men launched a great democratic experiment. They formed Lockhurst Lane Industrial Co-operative Society in the parish of Foleshill, which was not then considered to be part of Coventry. These nine pioneers are believed to have worked in the ribbon weaving industry, a staple trade for skilled workers in the Coventry area at the time.

Lockhurst Lane Society was the first Co-operative to be successfully set up in this region, and indeed it was amongst one of the very first Co-operative Societies in the country. It merged with the Coventry Society in 1968, and later became part of the Coventry and East Mercia Co-operative Society. On January 1st 2000, the Society changed its name to the Heart of England Co-operative Society, more accurately reflecting the area in which the Society now trades.

Our Values

  • 1st for customers

    1st for customers and clients

    To be recognised by our Members, Customers and Clients as their 'go to' location, through the delivery of outstanding service and consistent exceptional standards.

  • Great place to work

    Great place to work

    We are a family, wanting the very best for EACH and EVERY colleague. Promoting from within, we want to foster a culture of inclusivity and diversity and provide opportunities for development and growth whilst providing a safe, secure and well invested working environment.

  • At the heart of the communities we serve

    At the heart of the communities we serve

    Our teams will be encouraged to be at the heart of the communities we serve through structured engagement with local groups, clubs and good causes. We will actively support our community and membership team to show our communities why we are different.

  • Sustainability

    Driving our agenda on sustainability

    We will constantly look to do more to protect our communities and the planet by searching for ways to be more sustainable, be it through the design of our premises through to the products and services we sell and how we sell them.


Why Choose Heart of England Cooperative Society?

Career Development: Joining our team means embarking on a journey of continuous learning and growth. We invest in our colleagues, providing opportunities for skills development, training programs, and career advancement.

Community Impact: Working with us is more than just a job; it's an opportunity to make a positive impact. Through our community-focused initiatives, employees have the chance to contribute to meaningful projects that benefit the communities we serve.

Inclusive Culture: Diversity is celebrated at Heart of England Co-operative Society. We embrace different perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences, fostering an inclusive culture where every voice is heard and valued.

Join Our Team

If you're passionate about community, ethics, and making a difference, we invite you to explore career opportunities with Heart of England Cooperative Society. Together, let's build a future where success is shared and communities thrive.

Discover your potential. Join us on this exciting journey.