Newcastle’s community-owned music venue The Globe has been shortlisted for a Co-op of the Year Award – a prestigious accolade that honours co-ops across the UK who have shown a commitment to the co-operative principles, stepping up and supporting their communities during the pandemic.
Dave Parker, co-chair of the co-op that owns The Globe, said, “We’re so excited to be one of just five co-ops shortlisted for the Small Community Co-op of the Year Award. The winners will be decided by a public vote – so we’re asking all our members, employees, customers and supporters to cast a vote for us.
“The pandemic has been so hard for so many of us and we’ve done our best to adapt our co-op during this challenging time. We have continued to operate, providing income for musicians, employment for staff, and joy for isolated people. We broadcast 15 events a month including jazz, folk, rock, and classical. Performers and technicians work in a covid-secure environment to deliver high-quality livestreams. These have been viewed by thousands and have raised over £40,000 for musicians.
“If we’ve inspired you, impressed you, helped you or made a positive difference in any way we’d love it if you could vote for us.”
The Co-op of the Year Awards 2021 are organised by Co-operatives UK – the network for Britain’s thousands of
co-operative businesses – and sponsored by The Co-operative Bank. The Globe has been shortlisted in the category of Small Community Co-op.
Rose Marley, CEO of Co-operatives UK said, “As we start to rebuild our economy after over a year of restrictions, these awards shine a spotlight on values-based businesses like The Globe and the vital contribution they make to both the local economy and community. Please show your support by casting your vote online, it only takes a moment and makes a real difference to a local independent business!
“Co-ops like The Globe are built on a set of principles which have evolved since a group of working class men founded the first successful co-op 175 years ago, which was replicated throughout the world. They include concern for the community – we saw plenty of that during the lockdowns – and now communities have the opportunity to support co-operation.”
Catherine Douglas, Managing Director, SME at The Co-operative Bank, said, “These awards are a great opportunity for us all to celebrate how co-operatives have supported their local economies and communities over the last year, particularly through the Coronavirus pandemic. We’ve heard some amazing stories about how organisations and individuals are using the power of co-operation to enable their businesses to flourish in a fair and equitable way and I’m really looking forward to seeing who wins”.
To vote for The Globe go to https://www.uk.coop/vote
Voting closes at midnight on the 1 June and the winners will be announced in early July.