Steve Foreshew-Cain: being more ‘Co-op’ with data, Federation update and Manchester Pride

(Transcript) Steve Foreshew-Cain: Hello, and welcome to this week’s Co-op Digital update. Even though we’re in the middle of everyone’s summer holidays, it’s great to see that there’s still plenty of work going on in Co-op Digital.

You may have read our blog post this week about the discovery work that we’ve just finished on how we handle our data. We’ve been thinking about how we can take a more ‘Co-op’ approach to our data. We pulled together a multidisciplinary team right the way across the organisation to look into this and I was really impressed by the work that Eliot, Jack, Vicky, James, Annette, Rob and Kevin – and many more who contributed and presented at their end of discovery show and tell.

If you want to find out more, have a read of the blog post. It would be great to hear about any thoughts or ideas you may have, you can do that by commenting on the blog post, sending us a tweet or come and chat to the team if you’re a Co-op colleague.

As Dave [Johnson, Director of Digital Engineering] mentioned while I was away on holiday, the event spaces and coffee shop in the lower floors of The Federation are almost ready. We’ll be celebrating the opening of these in the couple of months. Watch this space for more details.

If you’re a Co-op colleague – or anyone else who’s interested to see the the space, we’d love to show you around. If you’d like a tour you can contact Victoria Howlett our Federation Manager to organise that.

Also a big welcome to Northcoders, UsTwo and Liverpool Girl Geeks who have moved into their spaces in the building and joined us as ‘Friends of The Federation‘.

This week we held one of our Digital Masterclasses where we introduce some of our digital ways of working to our colleagues right across our Co-op businesses. Thanks to those who took the time to join us.

And finally we’ll be supporting Manchester Pride along with the rest of Co-op. Thanks to Scott Bennett from the Digital Engagement team along with our colleagues in our Respect network who’ve been helping our colleagues across the country support lots of the regional prides.

That’s it for this week. You’ll find our latest vacancies on our blog. Don’t forget to subscribe for all our updates and follow us on Twitter.

See you next week.

Steve Foreshew-Cain
Digital Chief Operating Officer

UsTwo talk about their new home Federation
Northcoders on why they chose Federation House