Category Archives: Problems

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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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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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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Were activists or imported executives responsible for the Co-operative Group’s ‘management and governance’ failure?

A few years after the event which eventually triggered the setting up of this site in 2011, a group of  co-operators concerned about the ‘corporatisation’ of the large societies, involving loss of members’ control, began to correspond. Several had been … Continue reading

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The Co-operative Group is under formal investigation by the Groceries Code Adjudicator

The FT reports that since March, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), Christine Tacon, has been investigating alleged mistreatment of suppliers by the Co-operative Group, her former employer. There were complaints that the Co-op dropped suppliers without fair notice, levied unfair … Continue reading

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Risk online banking? The Co-operative Bank’s alternative

As Co-operative Bank branches (and those of several other banks) close in several areas, including Swindon, Warrington, Taunton and Tunstall (above), customers are directed in two directions: to stand in long queues and pay in and draw out money at … Continue reading

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