Central England Co-op and Insomnia Coffee Company Open Doors to New Coffee Shop in Blaby, Leicestershire

Posted by sam bishop | Published: 13/10/2022

Central England Co-operative and Insomnia Coffee Company are pleased to launch a brand-new, standalone Insomnia coffee shop in Blaby, Leicestershire on October 12th. Featuring Insomnia Coffee Company’s signature Fairtrade coffee, Central England Co-op will also provide select products to the coffee shop as well.

The new café will be fully licensed until 6pm and will feature a selection of food as a part of the offering, including cakes, pastries, sandwiches, soups, and more. The full range of Insomnia’s offering can be found on their website.

Located at 8 Crossways House on Enderby Road, the café provides outside seating and free Wi-Fi to enjoy. The opening hours will be between 07:30 to 18:00 from Monday to Saturday, while Sundays will see the store open from 09:00 to 16:30.

Insomnia has already partnered with Central England Co-op to bring coffee shops and machines to many of its stores, and this standalone café is the first of its kind as part of this collaboration.

“Bringing Insomnia to Blaby is another milestone for us, and we’re thrilled to be a part of the community,” commented Harry O’Kelly, CEO of Insomnia Coffee. “The new store looks terrific and we’re ready to deliver the excellent customer service that we specialise in. We have launched many stores over our history, and each one is still an exciting occasion for us, so pop in and say hello!”

“Working with Insomnia is always a pleasure, and we’re thrilled to help facilitate their new store in Blaby,” added Jamie Thomson, Head of Commercial Development at Central England Co-op. “We have been delivering excellent coffee and food to customers in our existing coffee shops, so we wanted to fully get behind the Blaby store and showcase why Insomnia coffee provides a truly exceptional experience. Since it’s 100% Fairtrade coffee too, it fits in with our community-driven philosophy too – what’s not to love?”

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Notes to editors

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 8,000 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 20 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.

Central England Co-op was named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.

Press office contact: Sam Bishop, PR Specialist

Contact details:


07385 048048

About Insomnia Coffee

Insomnia Coffee Company is Ireland’s leading independent coffee shop chain and the 20th largest in Europe. It has grown from a single location in a Galway Bookstore in 1997 to over 150 stores throughout Ireland and the UK, both on the high street and in partnership with retailers such as Co-op,  Primark, SPAR, EUROSPAR, Londis, Mace, Eason, The company also has over 550 self-service locations  in operation in Ireland and the UK.

Insomnia currently employs over 500 people throughout Ireland directly in its company-owned stores, along with a further 300 people through its concessions and franchise stores.

Insomnia has been Fairtrade certified since 2006 and sells more than 30 million Fairtrade cups of coffee each year. The Insomnia blend is a unique recipe, roasted weekly using speciality grade Fairtrade beans sourced from Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam and Sumatra

Insomnia Shackleton was named as Restaurant │Coffee House of the Year at the Retail Excellence Awards 2021. While Insomnia’s Treats Loyalty Programme was awarded Retail Loyalty Programme and Loyalty Programme of the Year as voted for by the Public at the Irish Loyalty Awards 2022. Insomnia was named as a Deloitte Best Managed Company from  2019, achieving gold standard in 2022  and awarded Retail Franchise of the Year at the Irish Franchise Awards 2022.

For Further information, please contact:

Fiona O Doherty

Head of Marketing


00353 (87) 6122634