Twice named the nation’s ‘Best Food Retailer’ at the BBC Food & Farming Awards, Unicorn offers it’s Manchester customer-base affordable, fresh and wholesome food with an emphasis on organic, fair-trade and local produce. Unicorn was established in 1996 by a small group of people committed to social change, who had a vision for the kind of place they wanted to shop in themselves. A place where a really wide range of wholesome, tasty food, sourced with care, would be sold at affordable prices. A shop owned and run by motivated worker-owners following a shared social and environmental agenda. A friendly, diverse and welcoming space that would act as a hub in the community.
Unicorn is a values-driven business, which sees success as something more than figures on a balance sheet. They say “If we are providing a decent livelihood for our staff and our suppliers, if we are increasing the amount of land farmed sustainably and improving the environmental impact of our diet, if we are enabling good health through good food, if we are creating community wealth rather than shareholder wealth, if we are challenging traditional models of business ownership and control…then we are succeeding”.
What we love about it: A business model that has the concept of participation and agency at the core of its operations.
More info: www.unicorn-grocery.coop