Buying Groups

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

Therefore we have been encouraging and supporting the set-up and running of Buying Groups around the country for many years. Some of them are smaller groups of friends and relatives who have gotten together to set up a group, while others are larger community consumer coops. All of them find it beneficial to buy in bulk as it may bring costs down, cut food miles and reduce wasteful packaging and processing as well as the excitement of getting involved in their local community.

We find that offering an alternative to supermarkets has other benefits as well. These include increased control of where your food comes from and being able to purchase a selection of goods supporting ethical food production or 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 - please note that orders cannot be paid for in separate parts.

Essential offer a complete online ordering system tailored especially for buying groups, click here to find out more.

If you have further queries with regards to starting an Essential trade account please fill in the form below or call our customer care team on +44 (0) 117 9430 812. Or if you are happy to proceed click here to Create a New Account or Return to previous page

For further help and information on setting up a buying group please follow this link :

Food Co-op's Toolkit

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