Blogs posted by Co-operatives UK staff, members or supporter organisations.
Submitted by linda.barlow on Thu, 10/01/2013 - 12:15
A new year and 2013 has seen the Charity Commission register the first Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)!
What are the basics of a CIO?
The framework for the CIO is set out in the Charities Act 2011, which provides that a CIO should:
be a corporate body;
have a constitution;
have a principal office in England/Wales;
have one or more members.
This basic framework is supported by The Charitable Incorporated Organisation (General) Regulations 2012 and a variety of secondary legislation.
Submitted by linda.barlow on Mon, 24/09/2012 - 16:38
Linda Barlow provides a summary of the advice given to a member of Co-operatives UK which believed that the Chair of the co-operative (who was also a member of the Board) should not reside over a particular meeting due to conflict of duty/loyalty.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Mon, 17/06/2013 - 08:12
The capital injection announced today for the Co-operative Bank resolves its immediate financial needs – in terms of boosting its equity cushion in line with the way regulatory requirements are headed.
But with minority shares and external investors, is it a co-operative?
There is a clear answer. Yes, even if, by degrees, close to the edge.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Fri, 14/06/2013 - 17:14
The Co-operative Bank has been in the media spotlight, following the announcement of a downgrade in ratings by the agency Moody’s.
None of this has been good news. But it has been encouraging for me to see the way that the new leadership team at the Co-operative Group has responded to this, with a clear and credible set of steps to move forward.
Submitted by nick.molyneux@u... on Sun, 09/06/2013 - 15:07
Wales Progressive Co-operators are organising a free event on 01 July 2013 in Cardiff with a special appearance from John Restakis, Executive Director of the BC Co-operative Association in Vancouver.
He will be talking about the National Co-op Elder Care Project being developed with support from the Canadian Federal Government and using a social franchising model.
You can book online for the event.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 18:02
As ever more local newspapers close and titles merge, more and more communities are left without a local media outlet, feeding a sense that local media is undergoing a slow but inevitable death. But there are examples across the UK, Europe and the US and elsewhere that tell a different story.
Submitted by nick.molyneux@u... on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 16:58
Manchester Veg People Crowd Funding project Saturday 08 June – Saturday 20 July
A ground-breaking Manchester-based initiative to revolutionise the food supply chain enters a new phase on Saturday, 08 June, when Manchester based co-operative, Manchester Veg People will launch their ambitious crowdfunding campaign to ‘Get the Great Manchester food revolution moving’
Submitted by nick.molyneux@u... on Sun, 02/06/2013 - 20:35
Last week HF Holidays marked its Centenary, celebrating 100 years of walking holidays.
A co-operative owned by its members, HF Holidays was founded by TA Leonard as the Holiday Fellowship to provide holidays for the working people of Lancashire. His aims were to promote walking, sociability, friendship and an appreciation of the environment – an ethos that remains today. Leonard was one of the unsung heroes of the outdoor movement, having been first President of the Ramblers Association and helping to create the Youth Hostels Association.
Submitted by linda.barlow on Fri, 31/05/2013 - 16:02
This is May's blog on legal and governance issues from Linda Barlow, in Co-operatives UK’s Advice and Policy Team.
Submitted by nick.molyneux@u... on Fri, 31/05/2013 - 15:45
Coops2020 are offering a FREE series of visits to co-operatives and social enterprises to celebrate Co-operatives Fortnight.
Find out more about co-operative and enterprising ways of working in diverse sectors – including the arts, food, environment, retail and workspaces. Be inspired by positive, practical solutions, gain knowledge, meet the hosts and show your support for the local economy.
The visits are for adults only (aged 18 and over).
Tuesday 25 June, 2-4pm, Leigh, Wigan