Success Stories

If you're interested in providing healthy honest food to your community, a wholefood shop is one great way to go about it. There are lots of different ways of doing it, from small high street traders like Sound Bites in Derby to larger wholefood-based groceries like Unicorn in Manchester. No one model is right for everywhere, but there's lots to learn from all of them.

Here are a few examples of different shops and how they were set-up. Further information on some of them can be found on the Resources page. Some of them may at times be able to offer advice on the phone or by email, or even show folk round, but bear in mind they all have businesses to run!


New Leaf Co-op, Edinburgh

New Leaf was launched as a workers co-operative in 2012, when an existing 20 year old wholefood shop was put up for sale and taken over by five food-loving friends who met at university. Now run collectively, New Leaf Co-operative offers a huge range of more than 150 unpackaged ‘fill your&...

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Sound Bites Co-op, Derby

Sound Bites was set up in 2004 when two friends, recently arrived in the city, realised there was nowhere that they could go and do their own food shopping and feel good about where their money was going. They wanted to make ethical shopping easier, and create a focus point for information about...

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Unicorn Grocery Co-operative, Manchester

Unicorn was founded in 1996 by a group of people who wanted a different and better option for doing their shopping than the supermarkets, and they created a place they wanted to shop in themselves – where good quality, wholesome tasty food was sold at decent prices, competitive with the...

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Dimensions Dru Health Store, Bangor

The 'Dimensions' story begins in the mid-eighties when a small group of idealistic Bangor University students sought to financially support themselves and make a difference to the world. They bought an existing business and the property in which it was housed. So Dimensions started as a...

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