Co-operative Retail Services began life in 1934 under the original title of the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) Retail Society. It had two main purposes: firstly, either to assist struggling local retail societies or to take over those societies which had no future as independent units and no opportunity to amalgamate with a stronger neighbour, and, secondly, to further the development of co-operative trading in areas in which co-operative societies were not yet represented. This collection is made up of the records of the societies that merged to form the Northern Region of the Co-operative Retail Services.
The collection consists of minute books of the society committees and sub-committees, reports and balance sheets, account books, photographs, deeds, correspondence, newspaper cuttings, nomination books and property registers.
The societies include: Almondbury, Barnsley British, Birkenhead, Bridge End, Brierfield, Burnley, Castleford, Cawthorne, Close Hill, Colne, Conisborough, Cragg Vale, Denaby Main, Doncaster, Flockton, Garston, Great Grimsby, Halifax, Haslingden, Hill House, Hinchliffe Mill, Holmfield, Huddersfield, Hull, Kippax, Leigh, Liverpool, Longwood, Market Weighton, Marsden, Masborough, Meltham Mills, Morley, Mytholmroyd, Nelson, Padiham, Pendle, Pocklington, Ravensthorpe, Rawtenstall, Rotherham, Scissett, Scunthorpe, South Crosland & Netherton, Stainland & Holywell Green, Wakefield, and Walsden.