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Set Up A Community Buying Group

In addition to supporting independent local businesses and promoting co-operative and community principles, Essential have been supplying buying groups around the country for many years. Some of them are smaller groups of friends and relatives who have got together to set up a group, while others are larger community consumer co-ops. All of them find it beneficial to buy in bulk as it may reduce costs, cut food miles and lessen wasteful packaging and processing. There’s also the added excitement of becoming involved in the local community.

Offering an alternative to supermarkets has other benefits. These include increased control of where your food comes from, being able to purchase a selection of goods, supporting ethical food production, or produce suitable for dietary requirements that may not be easily available nearby.


To open an account with us you will need:

  • A minimum of four households.
  • A single delivery address between the members of the group that has good access.
  • A single point of contact.
  • A single payment system for orders.

Essential offer a complete online ordering system tailored especially for buying groups.

If you have any questions on opening an account, please follow this link.

If you're ready to proceed, please click Create a New Account

For further help and information on setting up a co-operative buying group please follow this link : https://www.sustainweb.org/foodcoopstoolkit/

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