Independent retailers are set to face new competition from Co-op, following the launch of its latest community initiatives.

The newly announced Community Partnerships Fund will see Co-op teaming up with charities to take part in national and local fundraising, with the intention of raising £6m.

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The foodservice business will also be launching a ‘Local Hub’ service next month, giving Co-op members the opportunity to become ‘member pioneers’.

Through point-of-sale material, communities will be given the chance to contact the relevant participant to work closer on local causes.

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