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Pioneer Awards is back for 2023!

The Co-op Pioneer Awards are back for 2023, and we are coming together to thank you, our suppliers

Tickets are on sale now

Buy your tickets here:

For this exceptional Pioneer Awards we’re bringing our incredible suppliers a one-off extraordinary package.

Last year we said goodbye to Manchester Central, but as we wait to take up residence at Co-op Live, for One Night Only we are taking a giant leap across Manchester for an action-packed evening at Return to Freight Island on 14 September for a Pioneer Awards with a twist.

But that’s not all, every ticket bought gives you exclusive VIP access to enjoy an evening at Co-op Live when doors open in April 2024.

At both events, there will be amazing musical performances, the best of Manchester street food, incredible entertainment as well as unprecedented access to Co-op teams. And we’re doing it all for truly great causes.

This is the only time we can offer such a unique experience. Book soon to avoid disappointment as tickets are more limited than in previous years.

Whilst things will be organised a little differently this year as we take the Pioneer Awards to new heights at Freight Island, networking is still a big feature. As with previous years, you can choose to buy tickets and invite Co-op buyers to attend. These buyers will then be with you from the start of the evening until at least 10pm.

While were mixing up the venue and format, let's mix up the dress code a little as well. Naturally, it's still and evening of celebration, and we want everyone to impress, so let’s go fewer black ties and more glitz and glam. For one night only, you do formal your way.

This year we are fundraising for Barnardos and Grocery Aid, as well as the FRTS chosen charities. Every ticket bought will make a difference.

Sponsorship opportunities

We would like to give you the opportunity to go one step further and join forces with us to raise money for our chosen charities.

To meet our fundraising target, we have created a limited number of sponsorship opportunities for you to further elevate your brand, demonstrate your commitment to the industry and showcase your support fort the vital work carried out by our charity partners.

Visit our website to find out more

Please contact with any questions – you can also view our FAQs for the event here FAQs | Co-Op Pioneer Awards

Award nominations

This year we have a number of exciting awards that will be presented on the night after consideration from our panel of judges:

  • Pioneer in Co-op Own Brand Product

  • Pioneer in Branded Products

  • Pioneering the ‘Co-op Difference’

  • Pioneers in Succeeding together

  • Pioneer in Diversity and Inclusion

  • Pioneering in Wholesale

  • Pioneer in Ethics & Sustainability

  • Support Supplier of the Year (GNFR)

  • Supplier of the Year

Nominations are being gathered from your buyers right now, and we will be in touch with the suppliers who have received nominations from 21 August.


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