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Setting up a Buying Group with Essential

Here at Essential, we are very committed to showing our continued support for independent local businesses, and as a Co-operative we are also concerned with promoting Co-operative and community principles.

Ethical shopping at affordable prices

Therefore we have been supplying Buying Groups around the country for many years. Some are smaller groups of friends and relatives who have gotten together to set up a group, while others are larger community consumer coops. Bulk buying in groups has many advantages; it can bring costs down, cut food miles and reduce wasteful packaging and processing. It can also be exciting and rewarding to be an active part of a community.

Offering an alternative to supermarkets has other benefits. You have greater control over where your food comes from; you can purchase goods that support ethical food production; you’re able to cater for dietary requirements that may not be easily available nearby.

Setting up a Buying Group account

To open an account with us you will need:

  • A minimum of four households.
  • A single delivery address with good lorry access.
  • A single point of contact.
  • A single payment system for orders - please note that orders cannot be paid for in separate parts.

Ordering from Essential

Essential offers a complete online ordering system tailored especially for buying groups; our ‘Order Pads’ allow groups to create separate shopping lists for individual group members.

Delivery & Minimum Order Values

We can deliver to most parts of the UK either in our own fleet of vehicles or by using an external transport company. Our own-vehicle drivers are members of our co-operative which helps us to ensure the highest quality in customer care and driver welfare.

Delivery Days

  • Bristol - Any week day. Surrounding Bristol/Bath areas - Monday & Wednesday
  • Monday - Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Derby, Nottingham, Manchester, Northampton, Peterborough, Sheffield, Swindon & York areas
  • Tuesday - Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Wales
  • Wednesday - Bath, Devon, Somerset
  • Thursday - Dorset, East Devon, East & West Sussex, Hampshire, Somerset, Southampton, Wiltshire
  • Friday - Birmingham, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire

Buying Group minimum order values start at £300 and are postcode-dependent; you will be informed of your delivery day and minimum order during your application process.

Apply today!

If you're ready to proceed please complete our Buying Group application.

Need help?

If you have further queries with regards to starting an Essential account please contact our New Business team here:

Tel: 0117 9430812 | Email: newbiz@essential-trading.coop