Tag: co-operatives

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#CoopStories: Harbouring dreams of community ownership - the brilliant Portpatrick Harbour success story

Residents of a Scottish coastal village pulled together to save the harbour that lay at the heart of their community. Owned by an investment company in the Channel Islands, Portpatrick’s harbour was...

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#CoopStories: Milking it together - why co-op ownership works for Arla farmers

David Christensen, is one of the 12,000 Arla farmer owners across Europe, 2,500 of which are in the UK. David, who runs a dairy farm in Oxfordshire, says “We work together to create a sustainable...

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A new Co-operatives Act for Northern Ireland

Co-operatives UK has welcomed a new Bill that has passed through its final stage in the Northern Ireland Assembly, with Royal Assent due at the end of April. The Credit Unions, Co-operatives and...

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Agricultural co-operatives briefing 2015

A short briefing document for policy makers outlining the background, benefits and opportunities for agricultural co-operatives in the UK.

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BBC Breakfast, co-operative focus 24 June 2015

BBC Breakfast focuses on co-operatives for the launch of The Co-operative Economy 2015. It features an interview with Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co-operatives UK, and coverage of Torrs Hydro, a...

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Brexit: taking back control the co-operative way

Following the EU referendum in June 2016, we set out our positive vision for how co-operatives can fit into a post-Brexit Britain. Read it online here or download the PDF . Our Brexit principles...

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Budget 2017: Back our call

Sign our call for government to scrap tax breaks for executive shareholders and invest in worker ownership. Co-ops need to hold the government to account on the Prime Minister's Inclusive Economy...

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Case study: Co-operative Wealth

It is safe to say the reputation of the financial services sector has suffered something of a battering in recent years. Austerity measures cut deep – and continue to seriously impact on communities...

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Classic co-op posters

If you want to promote co-ops and are looking for some cool posters to use, then download and put up these classics. Make it co-operative poster Download this poster showing co-operation giving...

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Co-op Policy blog #1: Inclusive business policy needs to be much bolder

In the first in our new series of Co-op Policy blogs, James Wright reflects on what the UK government's underwhelming business reforms say about the Prime Minister's stated ambitions to foster a more...

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Co-op Policy Blog #2: Co-ops, markets and the common good

Ignore this ‘market vs state’ nonsense, says Co-operatives UK’s James Wright, as the furore of the main party conferences comes to a close. It creates damaging confusion at a time when we need to...

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Co-operative society legislation

The law governing co-operative and community benefit societies changed on 1 August 2014. Here are the key changes: The main governing Act, the Industrial & Provident Societies Act 1965 was...

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Co-operative themes from the Conservative Party conference

As part of our ongoing work to put co-operatives on a level playing field with other businesses, Co-operatives UK attended party conferences, including the Conservative Party conference last week. We...

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Co-ops and markets: eight provocations

Where should we position co-ops in the big debates about free markets, competition, state intervention and global capitalism? Motivations for being involved in co-ops vary significantly. Some use co-...

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Co-ops face another year of unfair pension fees

Some of the UK’s largest co-operatives will continue to be hit by "arbitrary and unfair" extra Pension Protection Fund (PPF) charges of up to £500,000 annually. Despite concerted lobbying from sector...

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Co-ops strike winning chord: Swindon Music Co-operative

The Musicians' Union (MU) estimate that between a quarter and a third of a 12,000 strong workforce of musical instrument teachers lost their jobs between 2009 and 2015. It is a seemingly depressing...

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Expert advice: employment law changes to look out for this year

With recommendations on big issues like the National Minimum Wage and regulation on gender pay reporting expected in 2016, a number of key developments in employment law are coming up that will...

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Expert advice: People with significant control

Does your co-op need to comply with new rules on people with significant control? The PSC (people with significant control) regime is being introduced in order to make it easier to find out who is...

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Expert analysis: How might pay change over the next three years?

We are in a period of significant change for pay levels, as the economy gradually picks up and the National Living Wage (NLW) comes into effect, writes Tim Knowles, Co-operatives UK's Head of HR...

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Expert analysis: making digital governance work for your co-operative

The rapid development of digital technologies provide opportunities for co-operatives to connect with their members. Drawing on the learning from a new report on digital governance, we highlight five...

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