Tag: Co-operatives Fortnight

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#'CoopStories: "We had been trying to do this for years. Now we are doing it"

For Ruth O'Brien, the dream of being a farmer might never have been realised were it not for the Ecological land Co-operative. With house and land prices in rural areas so high, it is hard to get...

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#CoopStories: A moving story from Southern Co-op

At Southern Co-op community matters. Making a positive difference at a local community level is a core theme running though the organisation’s values and principles - and it sets Southern Co-op apart...

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#CoopStories: Community goals and giving back more

Customer-owned retailers, just like Midcounties Co-operative, invest twice as much money as their competitors into local areas . It is just one of the ways in which co-ops do business better. Concern...

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#CoopStories: For the fans, owned by the fans - read about Litherland FC

Like so many football clubs, Liverpool’s Litherland REMYCA is at the heart of its local area. It has 25 teams, spanning under-7s to over-50s, meaning that kids, parents and grandparents are involved...

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#CoopStories: Forty years and counting... the story of Suma

The UK’s flagship worker co-op, Suma was founded 40 years ago when seven people formed a wholefood wholesaler in West Yorkshire. Today, the business is thriving with 260 employees, a large export...

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#CoopStories: From five farmers to the largest dedicated organic dairy co-op in Europe

Farming can be hard – competing not only with the elements but in an increasingly global and hi-tech industry too. The Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative (OMSCo) was established in 1994 by five like...

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#CoopStories: Giving service users a say - the story of Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative

Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative used to be a very good but fairly typical top-down, charitable provider of social care in rural Wales. But they saw that the values and principles of co-operation were...

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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: How a community saved its pub by buying it themselves, together

A much-loved pub in the heart of a Warwickshire village was saved after the community clubbed together to buy it together themselves. The New Inn in Norton Lindsey closed its doors after it was put...

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#CoopStories: How one group of people in Leeds are fixing the broken housing market themselves

House prices are spiralling, home ownership is at 1980s levels and young people are the least able to get on the property ladder. Leeds Community Homes aims to help address the housing crisis by...

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#CoopStories: Invaluable support when needed most through a new Central England bereavement initiative

A new group has been launched by Central England Co-op to offer help, friendship and support to those who have lost a loved one. The Forget Me Not bereavement group was launched to bring people...

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#CoopStories: Investing in a better future and transforming lives in disadvantaged areas

When Githunguri Dairy Farmers’ Co-operative in Kenya sought £1.3 million to set up a processing plant for 31 dairy farmers and 200 employees – with £0 return in the short term – investors backed off...

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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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#CoopStories: Pedal power - the inspiring story of Edinburgh Bike Co-op

Forty years ago a handful of bike nuts got together to start a worker co-operative in Scotland’s capital. They didn’t have any grand plans at the time, but knew that they loved cycling, that they...

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#CoopStories: The tech business that converted to a worker co-op

As the number of people working in digital and tech continues to grow, so does the need for businesses that give people starting out in the industry decent pay, working conditions and a say over...

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#CoopStories: “Our co-op was set up for the benefit of local members and that’s something we’ve never forgotten"

"In 1867, our co-op was set up for the benefit of local members and that’s something we’ve never forgotten." How many businesses could say that and mean it? Most businesses are set up to make a...

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About Co-operatives Fortnight

Every year hundreds of co-ops and organisations across the UK work together to promote co-ops during Co-op Fortnight. Co-op Fortnight is organised by Co-operatives UK, sponsored by some of the UK’s...

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Bath, bikes and … Elvis glasses removed in this year’s Big Co-op Clean

It is apt that one of the more unusual items found during this year's Big Co-op Clean campaign was a bath! And co-op members were all shook up after uncovering a pair of Elvis glasses. The...

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Big Co-op Clean resources

Download and use these resources to promote the Big Co-op Clean and the events you are organising.Resources to download are: Big Co-op Clean toolkit - a guide to running a successful event Posters to...

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