It is notable for being Britain's largest collectively-organised co-operative, in that it still avoids hierarchy and practices equal pay and job rotation despite employing over 100 people.
As business grew, Suma moved from a warehouse in Wharf Street, Leeds, to a one in the nearby Calls on the banks of the River Aire. It subsequently moved to Dean Clough in Halifax before locating in Elland.
Suma was in a leading position in the very fast-growing market for health food, and was conscious of immense growth opportunities. However the preferred method of expansion was based on the creation of independent co-operative businesses, rather than a more co-ordinated strategy. Suma therefore deliberately devolved several of its regional markets, such as Scotland and the Midlands, to other newly-founded co-operatives. The cluster of businesses grew more slowly than the market as a whole, and the movement steadily lost market share. Suma has partially redressed this by launching a brand.
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