Category Archives: Co-operative movement

The Bank answers questions about its 2017 Values and Ethics Report

An August Save our Bank Facebook entry highlights a new survey from ClientEarth, which says: “The British public said quite clearly they want their banks and pension funds to avoid investments in fossil fuel projects and were surprised to learn that … Continue reading

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CO-OPERATIVE HOUSING IN SMALL HEATH – ALAN CLAWLEY

. From ‘A History of Small Heath’: 6 March 2010 Alan Clawley – also co-founder and mainstay of the only independent credit union in Birmingham – summarised: During the 70s the City Council developed a new Urban Renewal approach to … 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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London’s Worker Co-ops

This interesting website, encountered by chance, focusses on London’s worker co-ops. Some are well established businesses run in line with co-op ethics, values and principles. They are worker-owned and controlled, providing a wide variety of services and products to members and … Continue reading

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February event: co-operatives take up Jeremy Corbyn’s challenge

. On Friday 16 February from 9.45am – 4.30pm, co-operatives will gather to take up Jeremy Corbyn’s challenge of providing a clear strategy to create a dynamic, sustainable co-operative Britain.  The organiser, Co-operative Business Consultants is a co-operative consortium of … Continue reading

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Update: Scotland the Bread co-operative provides fairly traded nutritious bread, locally grown, milled and baked

  Nick Drainey in Scots Magazine adds to news of this three year old co-operative, first mentioned in our September post about Co-operative & Community Finance collaborating with other funds to develop community food and farming businesses. His article, republished on … 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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