Submitted by linda.barlow on Fri, 08/11/2013 - 13:30
This is November's blog on legal and governance issues from Linda Barlow, in Co-operatives UK’s Advice and Policy Team.
The blog is for people interested in starting, growing and advising co-operatives. They aim to share best practice on key issues, so we’d welcome comments and discussion on your relevant experiences. In order to help the thread of the discussion would ask that you keep your responses short and focused on the issues being explored.
Submitted by linda.barlow on Mon, 04/11/2013 - 14:57
Thank you to the co-operative development advisors that have provided feedback on our new letters of engagement. We have taken this onboard and made some changes.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Tue, 22/10/2013 - 18:45
I wrote in August about the inspiring story of Hastings Pier and how it could be renewed through community ownership, after the research we published by Jess Steele on piers and heritage assets.
Submitted by nick.molyneux@u... on Mon, 21/10/2013 - 17:00
Submitted by nick.molyneux@u... on Tue, 15/10/2013 - 18:31
The Memorandum of Understanding signed today between the FAO and the International Co-operative Alliance pronounces the contribution of agricultural co-operatives unique and states that they are crucial partners in the fight against hunger and poverty. The memorandum empowers agricultural co-operatives with yet a stronger negotiating position towards state partners, NGOs, and agribusiness.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Mon, 14/10/2013 - 16:00
Submitted by Pat Wilson on Tue, 08/10/2013 - 15:55
From Tuesday 1 October 2013 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will rise in accordance with the recommendations set out by the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC) in April this year.
From 1 October 2013:
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Tue, 08/10/2013 - 09:50
There are 6,169 co-operative enterprises in the UK and these are owned by 15.4 million members.
The number of co-operatives is increasing at a rate of 6% per annum, averaged over the last four years, which is represents around 250 new co-operatives a year – around one new co-operative every working day of the week.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Fri, 27/09/2013 - 10:54
The phrase ‘Small is Beautiful’ was not coined by Fritz Schumacher, but by his publisher. The phrase was evocative and in a period of modernism in which architecture, development and media focused on the big, it helped to conjure up a different path of human-scale living. There are writers such as David Boyle today, who understand that, even more so in a networked society and economy, that scale – and scope – matters.
Submitted by nick.molyneux@u... on Wed, 25/09/2013 - 11:49
This new video from Co-operatives West Midlands demonstrates the co-operative advantage and shows how co-operatives are thriving in the West Midlands.