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Thomas Cook and the Co-operative: no comment as yet in co-operative circles?

Though there were profit warnings for Thomas Cook in July, in autumn the travel businesses of the Co-operative Group, Midlands Co-operative and Thomas Cook finally merged, guaranteeing a return to the Co-operative of at least £40m over the first four … Continue reading

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The UK Energy sector goes co-operative

Last week Co-ops UK sent out their Members Briefing and posted news about the following report nationally and internationally.  It seems that the UK population is taking energy into its own hands, with a 24% rise in the number of … Continue reading

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Adding to Ed Mayo’s workload

The Guardian reported recently that an overhaul of consumer protection rights, led by ‘the consumers’ champion’, Ed Mayo, has been announced by Labour, as the party moves to confront “bad companies” which cheat customers. He has agreed to spend a year … Continue reading

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Go! Co-operative Car club: saving carbon and reducing ownership

There are now nearly 150,000 members of car clubs across the UK with cities, towns and even villages realising the cost, environmental and convenience benefits they offer. Car clubs provide the convenience and cost saving of being able to use … Continue reading

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The development of the co-operative movement has great potential – Tony Benn

Some thoughts from Tony Benn’s Salter Lecture in Canterbury, organised by the Quaker Socialist Society – August 2011    Tony Benn opened by remarking on the size of the huge crowd gathered to listen to him. He thought that this … Continue reading

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What is Richard Samson’s status now? The Co-operative is gearing up to become an ABS A Co-op Group business that is not practising what it preaches

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‘Concerned Co-operator’ sets up a recycling co-operative

Malcolm Currie of Globally Local has been using biodiesel made from waste cooking oil for some years and is now working to set up a small business co-operative to bring the substantial financial as well as the significant environmental  benefits … Continue reading

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