Category Archives: Democratic participation

Save Our Bank – a history

  Ryan Brightwell (below left), who works with Banktrack in the Netherlands, is one of the founders of Save Our Bank; he writes the newsletters and compiled the history/chronology below. Wider interests are touched on in his lively Twitter page. … Continue reading

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Ownership of Bristol-based film company Aardman transferred to its workforce

Visitors to this site sometimes open the worker co-operatives directory which gives a few examples of co-ops financed by employee buyouts. On rare occasions the owner has given the company to its workers, for instance the company now known as … Continue reading

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Contract workers, freelancers and consultants are joining or setting up co-operatives

The combined annual turnover of co-operatives in the UK increased from £35.2bn in 2016 to £36.1bn in 2017 while a record 13m people are active members, according to news of the latest annual report put out by Co-operatives UK. Earlier … Continue reading

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Act on early warning signs of co-operative failure and increase the chance of survival

The international co-operative movement has seen a series of catastrophic failures of large scale co-operatives in recent decades, such as the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, retail co-ops in Germany, France and Atlantic Canada, banking in Austria and the near meltdown of … Continue reading

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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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Save our Bank’s priorities

In the last Save our Bank newsletter over 400 members voted on the priorities for the Customer Union for Ethical Banking in 2018. The results were analysed and the main conclusion drawn was that making sure the Co-op Bank’s Ethical Policy stays … Continue reading

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