by Company Shop Group
Oct 15th, 2021
4 mins

Company Shop Group’s pioneering Luminary Programme has won its second accolade, receiving the Waste Not Want Not award at the Grocer Gold Awards.

The Luminary Programme is a first-of-its-kind mentoring initiative for leaders and rising stars across the food and drink sector, seeking to deliver a step change in the amount of good food and products that needlessly go to waste.

This Grocer Gold Award marks the second win for The Luminary Programme, having recently received the prestigious Innovation Award at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards last month.

The Luminary programme is delivered by leading figures in supply chain surplus, with some of the global names participating including Amazon, Coca-Cola, Unilever and M&S. It combines a mixture of toolkits, webinars and individual mentoring, equipping delegates with the skills and insight they need to be the driving force for change within their own organisations.

Alongside the long list of global and national corporations involved – and Company Shop Group’s surplus experts – the Programme included expert witness speakers Dr Liz Goodwin OBE, Senior Fellow and Director of Food Loss and Waste for the World Resources Institute, the British Retail Consortium’s Chief Executive Helen Dickinson, Dr Richard Swannell, International Engagement Director at Wrap, and CEO of Biffa plc, Michael Topham.

Steph McGinty, Managing Director of Company Shop Group said: “At Company Shop Group, we’re incredibly passionate about finding sustainable, long-term solutions that benefit businesses, communities and the planet. That’s why we’re proud that our Luminary Programme has been recognised with the Waste Not Want Award by the Grocer.

“We created the Luminary Programme as we wanted to equip the business leaders of the future with the education and knowledge to tackle the immense issue of waste.

“The Luminary Programme was born through collaboration, and I would like to thank all of our partners, luminaries, experts witness and Company Shop Group colleagues whose passion has made the success of this initiative a reality. I’m delighted that this innovative approach has struck a chord with the industry and can’t wait to see its impact for years to come.”

For more information about the Company Shop Group and the Luminary Programme visit



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