Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, delivered an inspiring keynote speech at policy seminar – Community Shares – Taking Ownership Local – in London recently and paid special attention to co-operative football.
The number of freelancers in UK creative industries is continuing to rise and Co-operatives UK, the national trade body that campaigns for co-operation, has today launched a new guide and website - www.uk.coop/creative - to help freelancers set up their own creative co-operatives.
A guide to starting a co-operative in the creative industries. Aimed at established freelancers in the creative industries, at newly self-employed people looking for innovative ways to work, and at recent graduates from creative courses who are looking to build their portfolios, exploit their own ideas or explore ways to work creatively, without sacrificing their integrity.
Latest figures from Co-operatives UK reveal that co-operative businesses in the UK have pushed up their combined turnover by some 15.8% to almost £34 billion – during the same period UK GDP decreased by 4.9%.
Co-operation is back in vogue. The principles developed by the Rochdale Pioneers in the UK over 166 years ago, are now the foundation for a global economy supporting half of the world’s population , a co-operative sector in the UK to which one in five of us belong and the government’s new coalition leadership.
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