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What’s missing in the debate on the NHS? People.

Posted by Ed Mayo on Thursday, 21 November 2013

The announcements this week on improving care and patient dignity in the NHS are welcome, but the one set of people that seem to me to be missing from the framework is the public. Read More »

Over six thousand co-operatives and growing

Posted by Ed Mayo on Thursday, 14 November 2013

For all the troubles that have hit the Co-operative Bank, as earlier with other banks, there are over six thousand co-operatives across the UK, owned in turn by 15.4 million people. Read More »

Is your co-operative a micro-entity?

Posted by linda.barlow on Friday, 8 November 2013

This is November's blog on legal and governance issues from Linda Barlow, in Co-operatives UK’s Advice and Policy Team. Read More »

Thank you for your feedback! Co-operative Advice-updated letters of engagement

Posted by linda.barlow on Monday, 4 November 2013

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. Read More »

Winter-cold salty kisses – how six thousand co-ops help people to come together

Posted by Ed Mayo on Tuesday, 22 October 2013

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 Read More »

It’s about members

Posted by Ed Mayo on Monday, 14 October 2013

What happens to the Co-operative Bank over the next period comes down to who owns what, when the dust settles and whether that helps one of Britain’s great recent ethical businesses move forward.     Read More »

One new co-operative business every day of the working week

Posted by Ed Mayo on Tuesday, 8 October 2013

There are 6,169 co-operative enterprises in the UK and these are owned by 15.4 million members. Read More »

The real headline on energy this week

Posted by Ed Mayo on Friday, 27 September 2013

The phrase ‘Small is Beautiful’ was not coined by Fritz Schumacher, but by his publisher. Read More »

Top ten ideas

Posted by Ed Mayo on Friday, 13 September 2013

I have been tweeting ten ideas from the great Geoff Mulgan, drawn from his new book, The Locust and the Bee. Here they are in a single blog: Read More »

Mutual, co-operative, friendly – what’s in a name?

Posted by Ed Mayo on Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The Mutual Life Assurance Society of the Cape of Good Hope was established in 1845 in South Africa as an insurance mutual. It became known over the years as ‘the old mutual’ and this in turn became its trading name. Read More »


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