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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 »

Christmas time can be so depressing, says our local vicar, Tim Yeager. Read More »

It is not just Father Christmas. Read More »

I have had the luck over recent weeks to see something of the emergence of policy in a number of European countries in relation to the idea of the ‘social economy’. Read More »

Today is Armistice Day and we have a hundred co-operative entrepreneurs together here in Manchester at our Practitioner Forum. Read More »

It looked recently as if US and UK economic policy would kick the habit of recent years’ quantitative easing (QE) and rock bottom interest rates. We will now have to wait longer for that, as economic forecasts dim around the world. Read More »

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