Unicorn is a dynamic wholefood business with a difference. Working within an ethical framework, we operate a 10,000sq.ft site, packing and retailing dried foodstuffs and fresh organic produce, with an annual turnover of over £7 million.
Being part of a workers co-operative is like no other job. We each work at every level of the business – carrying out shop floor tasks like serving on the till and stocking the shelves, right through to the strategic development of the business (and everything in between). A typical day might start with managing the morning’s veg deliveries or opening the deli counter for business, move on to working on the website or reviewing our commodity prices, it might include a meeting looking at our financial projections and staffing needs for the next quarter, it will almost certainly involve a shift on the tills, and could end with cleaning the customer toilets.
When we recruit for new co-op members, we are looking for grocers; people who love good food, who enjoy working with the public and find satisfaction in providing great customer service. We are also seeking those who can work collectively for the good of the co-operative, make well-informed business decisions within the framework of our values, and care deeply about the Principles we were set up to pursue. Potential members need to be self-managing, keen to take on some management responsibilities within shop floor departments, and willing to work hard as part of a large team.
Co-operative working comes with its own challenges and is not for everyone, but being a member at Unicorn brings huge rewards. Shared ownership, equal participation and pay, and working together democratically towards common goals are things that make our working lives very different from the norm, and there is a lot of fun to be had here too! The membership of our co-op makes our business what it is.
We also have a small pool of casual workers, who fit their work at Unicorn around other commitments…or use it as a way of trying us out! Download a casual work info sheet and application form
We are currently not recruiting for co-op members but if you’re interested in hearing about vacancies, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org