Category Archives: Democratic participation

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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Political recognition and support needed for ecological land co-operatives

  The Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) is working to make land accessible for new entrants to small-scale ecological farming in England. It has identified two key barriers for those who wish to live with the land – high land prices and … Continue reading

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Business Desk reports on Richard Pennycook’s CBI address

The Co-operative Group has 2,800 local, convenience and medium-sized stores and other businesses: the UK’s number one funeral services provider, a major general insurer and a developing legal services business. It also has a minority shareholding in The Co-operative Bank … Continue reading

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