Steve Foreshew-Cain: Goodbye & thanks Mike. We’ve got this.

(Transcript) Steve Foreshew-Cain: Hello. It’s been another big week this week at Co-op Digital.

We welcomed three members of our Group Exec into the Digital team this week. Our Group CEO Steve, our Group Deputy CEO Pippa and Rod who’s leading the work on developing our new strategy which has digital at its heart.

We were very fortunate that Steve and Rod were very gracious with their time and gave us two hours at our all team event this week where they took questions on what they think the future of digital is here at the Co-op. They talked about a momentum that is building as we look into Renew.

We also welcomed Pippa to The Federation where she met with some of the teams that are working very hard on Co-op Digital products and services. She took a tour of our new co-working space which we’ve opened here at The Federation, taking time to make her mark on the on the table on that floor.

And of course it wouldn’t be a Friday video without mentioning some of our new joiners in the Co-op Digital team. So a big welcome to Gillian MacDonald who joins our user research community to Eliza Tyrrell and Chris Winkley who are joining our agile business analyst community and to Rachel Murray who is joining our content design community.

And the other big news of the week on a slightly sadder note is that we’re going to be saying goodbye to our friend Mike Bracken. Mike leaves an incredible legacy here at the Co-op, he has literally attracted hundreds of people to come and join the Co-op as it embarks on its digital transformation journey.

We’ve had a number of successes over the years already not the least of them is this building that I sit in today.

So, whilst it’s with sadness, a message to Mike. We’ve got this.

Steve Foreshew-Cain
Chief Operating Officer – Digital

Mike Bracken: 4.5 million active members, Federation and thanks to Jamie

(Transcript) Mike Bracken: Hello, welcome to the Co-op Digital weekly update.

We’ll start as ever with a big number, 4.5 million active members now at the Co-op, so those numbers keep growing and that’s a huge change since September 21st last year, so well done to the team for that. And that work’s being recognised.  This week the team in Membership have been shortlisted for a Retail Week Technology Award for that program, so well done to them.

Other highlights of the week, we’ve opened our co-working space in Federation building, the Federation right over the road from Angel Square you can now go see that check out the details on the blog.

I’d like to welcome a few people Nassali Douglas has joined as a Member Pioneer Manager, Richard Shenton coming as a Finance Manager, they’ve come from other parts of the Co-op, Louise Nicholas has joined us as a designer welcome to the Co-op and I’d like to say goodbye to Jamie Arnold who’s been brilliant leading our agile work as a delivery manager, he’ll be much missed.

Thank you very much to him and see you next week.

Mike Bracken
Chief Digital Officer

The co-working floor is now open at The Federation

We’ve blogged before about how the work is progressing at Federation House. The co-working floor at The Federation opened this week. Victoria Howlett the Federation Manager agreed to show us around the space.

(Transcript) Victoria: Hi, I’m Victoria Howlett and I’m the Federation Manager over here at The Federation. We’ve just added a bit more work to the first floor which is open this week, so would you like to come and have a look?

So as you can see, we’ve added some artwork to the walls here which was done by the wonderful artists Nomad Clan. We actually added this artwork after the attack at the MEN, which we thought was an incredible thing to do for our city and the people here.

As you can see all the furniture is now in place, we’ve got the lovely Chesterfield lemon sofas here, we also have green and pink sofas dotted around.

Here we have the main communal kitchen point on the floor and we’ve got these picnic benches here. We’ve asked everyone who’s been involved in this project and all Co-op colleagues to come over and sign the benches, which is actually such a lovely thing. We’ve had some amazingly heartwarming messages on here. We welcome everybody to come and sign these and anybody that visits the floor please grab a sharpie that will be on here and sign.

We’re really excited because the NHS research and development North West team moved in here this week. Kainos moved into the pods here this week too and we’re welcoming the Startup Factory.Tech on this floor soon. We’ve had such a high interest in the pods on this floor that they are more or less all taken now, we’ve only got one left.

Now we come to the second floor, and on this floor we have 9 private suites which roughly range from 200 square foot all the way up to 1,400 square foot.

This is the main kitchen point, the communal kitchen point on the floor and I will walk you through the corridor here. You can see on this hallway we’ve added in the windows here along the sides and this is just to create that community feel still. There are private suites here, but it’s also to ensure that there is that level of community engagement throughout the building and that everybody’s a part of each of the businesses that are based here.

Keep an eye on Twitter and the blog for more updates on The Federation.

Victoria Howlett
Federation Manager

The first product teams move into Federation

We’ve mentioned before that we’ve been redeveloping one of the older Co-op buildings in the centre of Manchester in partnership with NOMA. Today the first product teams have moved into the top two floors of The Federation at Federation House. Its a great space for our teams to talk, code and draw together.   

Mike Bracken explains more about the move in this short video.

Picture of the interior of Federation House

Picture of the interior of Federation House