The idea of a consumer co-op is simple.

  • Gather a group of people who want to buy in bulk, or buy stuff together and  split it down – 4 households minimum
  • register with an ethical wholesaler – we’re looking at Essential in Bristol
  • agree where stuff is going to be delivered
  • work out an order valued at at least at £250 to save delivery charges
  • repeat

Or that is the theory.

If you want to join in, take a look at their website http://www.essential-trading.co.uk/ and contact Jamie Heckert.

According to their website, their most local stockists are in Bridport and Lymington.

Someone also mentioned Genesis Farmers Co-op in Dorset – fresh meat – I can’t find a web reference.

We also want to look at sourcing food from local suppliers.

If the group grows, or others are interested to start up separate co-ops, we would be keen to spawn more consumer buying groups in the Poole area.

3 Responses to “ Co-op buying ”

  1. Julie Drake says:

    Hi
    Very interested in joining a co-op group in Poole or Bournemouth area

    Regards

    Julie

  2. admin says:

    A group of us in Poole do something like a monthly shop from the Essential Trading Co-op http://www.essential-trading.co.uk. To qualify for free delivery we have to spend £250 each time, which doesn’t seem to be a problem. We have talked about buying items in bulk and sharing, but mostly people seem to go for the full quantities.

    Does this sound like what you’re after ?

    We have occasionally looked at buying other things as a group, open to suggestions.

    Andy

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