Material relating to Unicorn Grocery. Includes: meeting minutes, general business documentation, prices lists, promotional material, and training documents.
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- ReferenceGB 1499 UNI
- Dates of Creation1995 - ongoing
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description15 boxes 1 bundle
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Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Unicorn Grocery is a worker owned grocery based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. Registered as a workers' co-operative in 1995, it secured the loan capital required to open in 1996, using as a blueprint two workers' co-operatives in the south of England; Daily Bread Northampton and Daily Bread Cambridge.
Through bulk-purchasing wholefoods, emphasising local and sustainable agriculture, and offering affordable produce, Unicorn fast established itself as a cornerstone in the local community. Unicorn has remained committed to its original values of: secure employment; equal opportunity; wholesome, healthy consumption; fair and sustainable trade; and solidarity in co-operation.
The arrangement largely reflects the original arrangement of the material by members at Unicorn Grocery.
Access to some of the material may be restricted due to personal data.
In October 2017, the National Co-operative Archive published a call-out for historic materials within the wider workers' co-operative community for Working Together , a Heritage Lottery Funded project seeking to record and preserve the heritage of the workers' co-operative moment. This material was deposited by current members of Unicorn Grocery in response to this call out.
Published book: One Step Too Far, by Tina Seskis, (published by Penguin Books, 2014). Part of the book takes place at Unicorn Grocery.