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Up to 1200 attendees join the event from the Co-op and our supply base every year, including Co-op’s most senior leaders and CEO. We’re shaking things up this year, so we can’t tell you everything yet…But we promise all attendees a night to remember.

Previously we’ve had non-stop entertainment in our main hall – including dancers, trapeze artists and beloved colleagues being (safely) fired from cannons, plus celebrity presenters including Edith Bowman and Mylene Klass. Not forgetting impressive headline acts Clean Bandit, Craig David and the Kaiser Chiefs!

You can also check out fresh talent as our Undiscovered competition winners (one from the Co-op, one from our suppliers) take to the stage and perform just for you.

You can be sure 2021 will be full of just as many surprises and delights as we make this event bigger and better than ever!



Co-op Pioneer Awards are held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex.


The venue entrances are fully accessible, and the foyer entrances are sensor-activated. The venue also welcome assistance dogs. They have induction loop facilities in place. Please let us know if you have questions about accessibility.


Manchester is at the heart of a comprehensive motorway network. Manchester’s M60 orbital motorway provides easy access from North, South, East and West. Manchester Central’s address is Petersfield, Manchester M2 3GX
Here are some hotels nearby:
The Midland Hotel
1 minute away from Manchester Central
Innside Manchester
2 minutes away from Manchester Central
The Edwardian Manchester
2 minutes away from Manchester Central

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