Category Archives: Co-operative Group

Co-operative Funeralcare Band ‘in crisis’ as the Group withdraws funding and premises

The Co-operative Group has sponsored the Glasgow Co-operative Funeralcare Band for 100 years. The band was formed in 1918, drawing its players from the then CWS factories in Glasgow. http://www.theco-operativefuneralcareband.co.uk/ The band has won the Scottish Championship a record 32 … Continue reading

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Were activists or imported executives responsible for the Co-operative Group’s ‘management and governance’ failure?

A few years after the event which eventually triggered the setting up of this site in 2011, a group of  co-operators concerned about the ‘corporatisation’ of the large societies, involving loss of members’ control, began to correspond. Several had been … Continue reading

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The Co-operative Group is under formal investigation by the Groceries Code Adjudicator

The FT reports that since March, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), Christine Tacon, has been investigating alleged mistreatment of suppliers by the Co-operative Group, her former employer. There were complaints that the Co-op dropped suppliers without fair notice, levied unfair … Continue reading

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The Fig Tree has become a co-operative

o Bruce Crowther began campaigning for Oxfam in 1984 in his spare time. He worked as a vet and persuaded residents and local businesses in Garstang, a small market town, to make a commitment to Fairtrade. Garstang declared itself the … Continue reading

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Next move: will worker co-operatives help the Co-operative Group to learn how to operate democratically?

After contacting the worker co-operatives to update the directory, Mary Holmes wrote: “In a world awash with lyrical mission statements about ‘excellence’, ‘service’ and ‘ethical dimensions’ worker co-ops actually have their values at the centre of the business not just … Continue reading

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News received about East of England and Midcounties co-operatives

In a recent post we quoted MEP Molly Scott Cato: “The Co-operative shops have not been as successful in(sourcing locally) as I would like because of their centralised distribution system, but my own Midcounties Co-op has been building up its … Continue reading

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Could this MEP’s co-operative vision mitigate one of the Group’s most serious mistakes: the sale of its farms?

In 2014 the Co-operative Group sold its ‘strong and successful’16,000ha farms (£7m profit during the last year) for a mere £249m to the Wellcome Trust. Danny Truell, chief investment officer of the trust said, “The trust’s philosophy is to provide … Continue reading

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