Category Archives: Democratic participation

Employee ownership: Turnberry Rug Works

In 2013, the eight staff at Turnberry Rug Works, which was turning over about £450,000 a year, took control of the firm. John McKerchar was drafted in as managing director after the death of the company’s founder, with a remit … Continue reading

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Jewels in the co-operative crown – farmland, dairy, bank and guilds – sold or disbanded

‘ We remember with great regret the surprise sale of the profitable Birmingham Dairy in 2005, the Co-operative Group’s farmland in 2014, the closure of the Co-operative Women’s Guild in 2016, the sale of The Co-operative Travel to Thomas Cook during 2017 … Continue reading

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Co-operative Councils’ update

A report about co-operative councils on this website recorded that the first one was launched in Lambeth in 2012, in response to the financial challenges from changes in central government funding.  The 22 local co-operative authorities are committed to finding … Continue reading

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Nutclough Housing Co-operative needs new members

In 2002 Zion Housing Co-op purchased the Nutclough Tavern public house in Hebden Bridge (6-8 Keighley Road) which closed in 2001. The name was later changed to Nutclough Housing Co-operative to reflect the location. News of the history of the … Continue reading

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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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