Category Archives: Education

Lancaster Music Co-op has been given “a new lease of life”

  The Lancaster Music Co-op has been operating from a rundown council owned building in Lodge Street for 33 years. A video describes the co-op’s contribution in launching the careers of young musicians who used their affordable rehearsal premises. In … 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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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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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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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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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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