Co-op has partnered with Manchester's Finest to support our city's independent community

We've teamed up with Co-op to continue promoting the independent businesses of Manchester throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 27 March 2020

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Following the latest updates from the government, most independent venues that normally thrive in Manchester have now closed their doors or have made some serious changes to their offering to slow down the spread of the pandemic.

This of course has left them all struggling with sales and with heightened concerns about their future success.

Our partnership with Co-op over the next few months will ensure that Manchester’s independent businesses have a platform to promote their offering, supporting any new changes to their service, telling their story and ultimately providing a positive space that the businesses of Manchester can utilise as much as possible now and moving forward.

Alison Jones, Co-op’s Customer Director, said: “Co-op is very proud of its rich Mancunian heritage and as a community retailer has an important role to play in supporting the city’s abundance of independent bars, restaurants, clubs and shops. Manchester’s Finest is providing a vitally important service in helping such a wide variety of businesses talk directly to their customers and we hope that a steady flow of positive information will mean they are in good shape to weather the current storm.”

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As a media platform, we’ve spent the last 10 years establishing a relationship with business owners in Manchester and have worked hard to provide a place for them to showcase their offering.

Steven Pankhurst, Director at Manchester’s Finest, says “We are passionate about Manchester’s thriving independent scene, whether that be bars and restaurants or galleries and shops. We have worked tirelessly to give these businesses a voice and as an independent ourselves, we know the importance of supporting each other and doing whatever we can to help. It’s amazing to be able to work with Co-op, as a like-minded business, to ensure we can make this happen.”

Lee Isherwood, Director at Manchester’s Finest, says “We founded Finest with one simple goal in mind, to support the independent ecology of Manchester. Co-op stepping in to sponsor our content over the coming months, in these uncertain times, shows they too share that goal, and it’s testament to their ethos and their team that they are showing support to not only those businesses, but ours as well.”

Co-op will sponsor all Manchester’s Finest independent business content over the next two months to ensure that the city’s independent community stays alive and has the support it needs to thrive again.