Steve Foreshew-Cain: our Digital plan, Wuthering Bytes and good news for The Federation

(Transcript) Steve Foreshew-Cain: Hello and welcome to this week’s Co-op Digital update.

This week we shared our Digital Plan for the rest of 2017 with our colleagues right across the Co-op and we’ll also be sharing this with our Members Council today and publishing it in the open on our blog next week.

We’re working on some great things at the moment to improve the service and experiences for our members, colleagues and customers. And an important thing that we’re doing is using digital tools to bring communities together and make it easier for them to collaborate.

Some top-line things that the plan covers are clarity on our purpose, responsibilities and the priorities of the Digital team in 2017, launching The Federation as a co-operative digital community for the north west that supports local businesses and startups, not-for-profits and other co-operatives.

And, in partnership with Funeralcare transforming at-need funeral service to give them more time to spend with clients. And in partnership with our Food business making it easier for colleagues to find information about how to do things and manage their schedules and tasks. And finally improving our Co-op’s approach to managing data so that we have all the insight we need to make informed decisions. We hope that you find it useful and of course any feedback is always welcome.

It’s been great to support Wuthering Bytes this week which is a festival of technology in the Peak District, so thanks to Andrew Back and the other organisers for letting us be involved, and plus a big thank you to Ian Drysdale for sharing his thoughts on festival day about building communities.

This week our Membership teams, including Digital Engineering, moved into their new home on the sixth floor of the Federation.

And in news just in we’re delighted that The Federation has been shortlisted as one of the most Inspired Spaces North 2017. This is brilliant news and a testament to the hard work of the whole team.

Also, this week we welcome Zirca Ali who joined our agile business community welcome to Zirca, it’s great to have you on board.

We’ve also said goodbye to a couple of colleagues in the last few weeks so I’d like to say a massive thank you and good luck to Ella Fitzsimmons who’s been doing great work helping our teams talk about their work, and to Jason Tang who helped us kickstart our journey to being trusted with data. Thank you again and please keep in touch.

Well that’s it for this week you’ll find our latest vacancies on our blog. Don’t
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Steve Foreshew-Cain
Group Digital Director