Green light for France, Greece and Spain...

France, Greece and Spain are to become available destinations for holidaymakers as quarantine measures are abandoned.

Britons will be able to go on summer holidays abroad as the government prepares to announce that people travelling to certain countries will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to the UK.

Ministers are poised to clear the way for trips to France, Greece and Spain after confirming the quarantine measures would be changed at Monday's review.

Top 10 most Insta-worthy cities in the world

With our Chelmsford travel branch now back open, it seems the perfect time to look towards being able to book holidays again and with Instagram having a global community of one billion active users every month, it’s no wonder that the social media platform, popular with millennials is a huge influencer when it comes to travel photography (when was the last time you sent or received a handwritten postcard?).

It's Co-op Fortnight!

Every year hundreds of co-ops and organisations across the UK work together to promote co-ops during Co-op Fortnight (22 June to 5 July, 2020).

This year, we want to harness some of the new co-operation we’ve seen during the coronavirus pandemic to change society for the better.

Co-ops are businesses built on values and we do business the right way. It’s in our DNA. Every day. 

Now we’ve seen what can happen when we ALL co-operate.

Let’s build something better together. Let’s #KeepCooperating

Chelmsford Quadrant is now re-open...

We are pleased to announce that our Chelmsford Quadrant department store has now re-opened.

We are, of course, implementing social distancing and have put numerous safety measures in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our customers, members and staff.

We ask that when shopping you observe the government’s two metre distance rule from others, and follow the directional guidance around the store. 

Specialist Leisure Group Limited ceases trading – advice for customers

Information for our Travel customers with a booking with one of the Specialist Leisure Group Limited companies

We are sorry to inform you that, Specialist Leisure Group Limited has ceased trading and has been placed into Administration with effect from 22 May 2020.

Specialist Leisure Group Limited operated several businesses that sold holidays and other travel arrangements:

Coronavirus: What's the chance of going on holiday?

The chance of having a summer holiday seems remote - with many UK tourism businesses still shut and foreign travel difficult because of quarantine rules.

Maybe you’re considering holidaying in the UK, however you wouldn’t be able to do that until the start of July at the earliest.

Lockdown restrictions are being eased slowly across the UK, but the tourist industry does not yet have the green light to reopen fully.

Our Chelmsford Quadrant department store will be re-opening soon...

We are pleased to announce that our Quadrant department store inChelmsford will be re-opening Monday 22nd June at 10am, however we will, of course, be implementing numerous measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our customers, members and colleagues.

We request that when we reopen our doors you’ll follow social distancing guidelines and stay two metres away from others. We encourage you to wear face coverings, and to make use of the hand sanitiser that will be made available at the entrance. We also would prefer you to use card payments wherever possible.

New Charity Partnership announced

We've formed a partnership with the Essex Community Foundation to direct much needed assistance to a range of voluntary organisations and charities across Essex thatare struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Essex Coronavirus Response & Recovery Programme has been chosen by our Directors to be our new charity partner, with all support from colleagues, members and customers being directed at them until May 2021.