by Ethos public relations
The decision allows Nisa to strengthen its already strong mutual style model and offer to more than 1,000 independent retail businesses across the UK, which it provides with key services that help them remain competitive in the food and drink markets.
Nisa provides its small business members with buying power and a store support package as well as distribution services through its partnership with supply chain DHL. Despite the tough economic climate, Nisa has flourished, with a turnover of more than £1.5billion.
The organisation is now looking forward to strengthen its mutual advantages, of high trust and good value in a highly competitive retail market and to develop its services further to ensure that its members receive the widest and most effective range possible.
Neil Turton, Nisa chief executive officer, said: “As a member owned organisation, Nisa works for its members, providing them with significant benefits to help them develop their businesses. We are pleased to have become a member of Co-operatives UK and look forward to working with them to promote and develop co-operative enterprises.”
Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co-operatives UK, said: “The UK retail market has a vibrant and dynamic mutual presence, with consumer-owned, employee-owned and enterprise-owned brands on the high street. Co-operatives and mutuals are thriving in the UK as people turn to more trusted businesses. Nisa is a standout example of this – by providing a useful service to independent retailers it is growing itself whilst enabling local retailers to prosper in difficult times.
“We are delighted to welcome Nisa as a leading mutual enterprise into membership so it can strengthen its offer to members.”
Posted at 24th July 2012