Co-op stores enjoy awards success

Gold award winning Woodside Post Office staff of Sleaford, from left - Michelle Young and Stephanie Lewis. Photo: Chris Vaughan Photography EMN-161202-151018001
Gold award winning Woodside Post Office staff of Sleaford, from left - Michelle Young and Stephanie Lewis. Photo: Chris Vaughan Photography EMN-161202-151018001

Three Sleaford area outlets figured in Lincolnshire Co-op’s Stores of the Year ceremony recognising service and personal development.

Scores from ‘mystery shopper’ visits decided who was crowned winners during a special evening at Lincolnshire Showground, with scores peaking at 99 per cent ratings.

Navenby foot store staff at Lincolnshire Co-operative staff awards evening. 
Photo:Chris Vaughan Photography EMN-161202-150940001

Navenby foot store staff at Lincolnshire Co-operative staff awards evening. Photo:Chris Vaughan Photography EMN-161202-150940001

Sleaford Co-operative Travel branch in Southgate won Cruise Branch of the Year in the travel section. Navenby food store earned a silver award in the food awards and Woodside Post Office, part of the Lincoln Road Co-op store in Sleaford, won a gold in the Post Office of the Year category.

Manager of Sleaford Travel branch Paul Herring said: “This is the second time we’ve won the cruise award and we’re very proud. We have a passion for cruise. It’s a unique product and every ship and itinerary is different. We’re known in our town – if you want a cruise, you come to us.”

Michelle Young from Woodside Post Office said: “The three of us who work in the post office make a really good team. We’re always looking for gaps in the market and in our service and trying to fill them. This isn’t our first award – we also won a Sleaford Standard award for our customer service, so we must be doing something right.”

Danielle Monaghan, manager of Navenby Food Store, said: “It feels amazing, I’m really excited for the team and what we’ve achieved. It’s all because we work together. They’re proud of what they do and I’m proud of what they do. The customer service side of things is paramount in order to achieve great results.”

Cruise Branch of the Year, Co-operative Travel in Sleaford, from left - Shannon Bannister, Paul Herring and Amanda Hurry. Photo: Chris Vaughan Photography EMN-161202-151032001

Cruise Branch of the Year, Co-operative Travel in Sleaford, from left - Shannon Bannister, Paul Herring and Amanda Hurry. Photo: Chris Vaughan Photography EMN-161202-151032001

Colleagues from across the Society also celebrated personal training and university qualification achievements, from foundation to masters degrees, and staff who had gone above and beyond the call of duty were honoured with Gold, Silver and Bronze Employee of the Year Awards.