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Bitesize: Mark Smith CEO of Southern Co-Op

The Lens Bitesize is a series of micro episodes featuring senior leaders from the business community. In each episode our host, Oli Barrett MBE asks his guests about their responses to the COVID crisis and what can be done to future proof businesses, making them more responsible and equipped to deal with challenges, great and small. 


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Mark Smith is the CEO of Southern Co-Op. Providing strategic direction and leadership to a regional business covering the South of England, Mark oversees 260 trading stores and funeral homes across 11 counties in the South. Co-Op Southern turns over £0.4 billion a year with the help of 4500 dedicated colleagues.


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