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Working at Unicorn

a few of our staffUnicorn 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 £6 million. Our achievements have been recognised by our customers, who voted us the Best Independent Shop in The Observer Food Monthly's 2008 awards and Radio Four food experts, who named us 2008's 'Best Local Food Retailer'. For a flavour of what it's like being a co-op member at Unicorn, read a 'Day in the Life' of three co-op members.

We are always interested in receiving completed application forms from people interested in what we do. For further information on vacancies, please e-mail recruitment@unicorn-grocery.coop


Currently Recruiting for

Co-operative Grocers

We are looking for new full time (35 hrs) part time (20+ hrs) co-op members, if interested please fill in an application form and send to recruitment@unicorn-grocery.coop. Details below. The deadline for applications is 11.59pm, Sun 2nd July 2017.

Be part of a vibrant worker-owned grocery that has built retail success on strong principles and honest trading practices. We welcome workers from all walks of life to join our truly democratic workplace and share our commitment to ethical values and collective working.

Unicorn is a dynamic wholefood retailer with a difference. We operate a 10,000sq.ft. site close to the centre of Chorlton, retailing dried foodstuffs, fresh organic produce and other groceries direct to the public, with an annual turnover of over £7 million. We also pack and process foods on site, including an expanding ‘ready-to-go’ range of salads, soups and baked goods. We are proud to serve a hugely diverse customer base, largely from Chorlton and its surrounding areas (e.g. Old Trafford, Stretford, Hulme & Moss Side).

While we work to provide decent, affordable food for our local community, our business has gained a national reputation – we’re one of three finalists for Best Retailer at this year’s BBC Food & Farming Awards, having previously won the award in 2008 (as well as The Observer Food Monthly’s Best Retailer the same year).
As a worker co-operative, Unicorn is owned and managed by its workforce of members. Co-op membership involves working at all levels of the business, and includes significant amounts of shop floor work (serving, cleaning, re-stocking) as well as taking on specialist responsibilities such as storeroom, finance or human resources. Unicorn operates with a flat management structure, and all co-op members are managers of the business, taking on equal responsibility for equal pay – there is no head office or shop manager, we’re all it! Our working days offer plenty of variety, with a mixture of customer-facing, back-office and business development tasks.

We are looking for highly motivated, hardworking individuals to join our team. Hours will involve early and late shifts with alternate weekend working. Applicants need to have an excellent eye for detail and the ability to work efficiently, completing tasks within a given timescale while delivering a superb standard of customer service. You will be expected to work well independently, as part of a group and under instruction. At Unicorn we will make use of your previous training and experience, and also challenge you to develop new skills.

There is a probationary period of 7 months from the start of employment, during which you will earn the co-op member rate of £11.50 per hour (£20,930 p.a. for 35 hrs) and receive a range of benefits including a 25% shop discount and 5% employer pension contribution. Additionally, co-operative members are eligible for healthcare, childcare benefits and profit-related bonuses.

Please read the Co-op Member background pack & application form on the right. Fill in the application and e-mail or post it back to us.


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For more information or to apply please contact a member of the Personnel Team, at

Unicorn Grocery,
89 Albany Rd,
M21 0BN.

or email


· Co-op member background pack
· Co-op member application form
· Casual work information sheet and application form

Unicorn Grocery Co-op Members
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