Submitted by linda.barlow on Mon, 06/01/2014 - 16:38
Does your co-operative employ people? Does your co-operative have a pension scheme? Have you heard about auto-enrolment?
This month's blog post from Co-operatives UK's advice team may fill in some of the gaps?
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Mon, 06/01/2014 - 16:24
Just as our wider world is seen, more than ever, through the lens of competition, the world of business and markets is in fact more aware than ever of the benefits of co-operation. Here are my top five books on co-operation and social enterprise for 2014:
1. Redemption: the cooperation revolution, by Berny Dohrmann – why co-operative models of organisation and business innovation are taking off across the business world
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Tue, 31/12/2013 - 16:53
In the spirit of possibility, as much as prediction, here are five hopeful trends I see for 2014:
1. The emergence of ‘open co-operative’ models that blend the ideas of free (or libre) software, open knowledge and democratic social enterprise, for example in work for a new vision for the economy coming out of Ecuador.
Submitted by James Wright on Thu, 19/12/2013 - 16:00
Following an announcement in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Government has released details if the new Social Investment Tax Relief, due to come into force in April 2014. The measures will incentivise private investment in the social economy, by providing tax relief on investors’ returns.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Wed, 18/12/2013 - 19:09
It is great news this week that the Treasury will openly encourage increased investment in the country’s co-operative sector. The first new consolidated act for co-operatives since 1965 has been introduced into parliament, along with a fivefold rise in the limit for any one investment into a co-operative business (from £20,000 of withdrawable share capital to £100,000).
Submitted by nick.molyneux@u... on Fri, 13/12/2013 - 13:48
Clevedon Community Bookshop Cooperative Ltd will be celebrating 2 years trading this New Year's Eve from 12noon to 4pm.
They have continued to be successful, selling books in the bookshop, online, cataloguing of a large store of books, repairing books, running courses and evening talks.
Local entrepreneurs have used the shop as a backdrop for their advertising and filming, and the bookshop starred in a short video for the Haynes Zombie Survival Manual!
Schools and local churches have used the bookshop for their treasure hunts and Christmas advent trails.
Submitted by linda.barlow on Fri, 13/12/2013 - 08:55
Are you a co-op buff? Take our Big Co-op Advice Quiz of the Year and find out!
Submitted by nick.molyneux@u... on Wed, 11/12/2013 - 14:49
Co-operative & Community Finance, the Bristol-based lender for ethical enterprises, has reached the short list for a new national awards scheme that recognises and rewards excellence in community finance.
The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards, in partnership with the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA), recognise excellence in community development finance institutions (CDFIs) that provide finance which changes lives and transforms neighbourhoods. T
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Tue, 10/12/2013 - 10:04
How are you doing today?
If you are a business, then what I am asking about is your performance.
For investor-owned firms, this is typically going to be measured by return on capital over time. For co-operative and mutual businesses, it concerns, on our definition of performance, ‘the delivery of value to members over time and at least cost.’
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Sat, 07/12/2013 - 09:25
The legend of King Midas dates back to the early days of Greek mythology and tells the story of a King, for whom everything that he touched turned to gold. Like all folk stories, the tale can be told in different ways. Aristotle reports that he died of hunger. Other versions say that he was rescued by the gods, when he repented after turning his daughter, Zoe (or ‘life’) into gold. Here in one story that has lasted over centuries is concept and conundrum of wealth.