Category Archives: Democratic participation

‘How can West Midlands councils build community wealth?’

In celebration of the Co-op Party centenary this event is an absolute must for all those interested in transforming the West Midlands region by reorganising local economies and supporting communities to help themselves.                                        First outing at the 2017 Durham Miners’ Gala Lucy Seymour-Smith writes: In times … Continue reading

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Shadow Chancellor: Co-operative Ways Forward conference

“Co-operatives should, I believe, play an essential part in the economy of the future”  Edited extracts, added information and links (full text here). John McDonnell pointed out that wealth is more concentrated now than it has been for a century … Continue reading

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Cooperative Councils Innovation Network: a response to austerity

. With a very different approach to WMCA, the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network is a collaboration between local authorities who are committed to finding better ways of working for, and with, local people for the benefit of their local community. … Continue reading

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A Co-operative education system for a Co-operative Wales?

A new conference looking at the role of co-operative education and opportunities opened up by the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is being held in Cardiff on 8 April.    Here is a report from Callum Johnston and David … Continue reading

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Architects Design Partnership employee ownership eclipses ‘Trumpton and Mayhem’ !

Architects Design Partnership (ADP), founded in 1965, now has a base in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and studios in Delhi, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oxford and Sherborne. As the first step on the journey to becoming employee owned, LLP converted … Continue reading

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The Co-operative Bank secures the Britannia Building Society’s pension scheme

Earlier this month, The Times reported that the Co-op Bank has agreed to pump millions into the pension scheme of the Britannia Building Society. The Bank’s pension trustees will be given £50 million over the next seven years, as well … Continue reading

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