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“The Church has always acknowledged, appreciated and encouraged the co-operative experience”, said Pope Francis a few days ago to seven thousand members of the Confederation of Italian Co-operatives. Read More »

At what scale are things best organised?  Read More »

I was part of a messy Moral Maze programme on Radio 4 this evening. The focus was whether there was a duty to vote. Read More »

Bill Olivier is Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Bolton and explores what the co-operative sector could learn from the lean startup model in this blog written for Co-operatives UK.   Read More »

The first co-operatives formed around food and it is a source of new co-operation today. Later this year, Co-operatives UK will be starting a new programme of support for agricultural co-ops. Read More »

I have been over with my mum and sorting out dusty boxes, one of which turns out to have been sorted well before I was born. It contains letters from a century and more ago. Read More »

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014-15 is currently making its way through Parliament and is due to gain Royal Assent in March 2015.  The Bill is designed to reduce the barriers that can hamper the ability of small businesses to innovate, grow and compete. The Bill does mean change for co‑operatives registered as companies.  This post outlines the main changes and action points for such co-operatives. Read More »

One of the great qualities of the co-operative model is the extraordinarily flexible way in which the simple idea of ownership by those involved in the business can be brought to life. Read More »

William Hazell, who died in the year I was born, was a miner and co-operative writer and activist from South Wales. Read More »

A Christmas gift is Russell Brand’s book, Revolution. Charismatic or controversial, comic or serious, I don’t know, but it is certainly full of passion, hope and far more humility than I would have imagined. Read More »

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