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 We will be posting examples from our contacts and partners around the globe.

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    Belfast Co-op’s monthly Guided Store Tour

    On Saturday, August 16 (3rd Sat/mo), the Belfast Co-op is offering a free guided store tour, which is open to all.  The tour, which begins at 10 a.m. at the store entrance, will highlight the benefits of becoming a member-owner of the Co-op and how to take best advantage of shopping there.

    Participants will learn about some of the diverse variety of merchandise available and....Pilot

  • Steering a new course: bringing co-operation to the waterways
    Posted by Geoff Wade on June 19, 2014 at 22:25 in Co-operatives (Change)View Discussions
    The Jemima D is floating an idea. This year, the boat is being repainted with its proper title, the Jemima D Narrowboat Co-operative, and its original CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) sign. Jemima, along with its younger and slightly more glamorous sister Quince, are bringing co-operative principles to the waterways.

    There are numerous shared ownership boats on Britain’s canals, but Jemima and Quince are different. Their members take an active part in both decision-making and maintenance, and the ultimate responsibility for their boat rests on them, as a team....
  • Employees buy three stores creating largest worker Co-op in state.
    Posted by Geoff Wade on June 19, 2014 at 8:23 in Co-operatives (Change)View Discussions
    STONINGTON, Maine — Two local retail businesses and one in Deer Isle have new owners. More than 40 of them, to be precise.

    After many months of planning, the employees of Burnt Cove Market, V&S Variety and Pharmacy, and The Galley have purchased the businesses from Vernon and Sandra Seile and, in doing so, according to officials involved in the transaction, have created the largest worker cooperative in the state....
  • Strength in numbers
    Posted by EMPOWER ADMIN on May 16, 2014 at 12:58Send Message View Blog
    In May 2013 seven forward-thinking schools, comprising six primaries and one special school (Coppice, Four Oaks, Langley, Little Sutton, Hollyfield, Moor Hall and Whitehouse Common), together with their Trust partners, made history by forming the first Co-operative Learning Trust in Birmingham.The first co-operative Trust of schools in Birmingham looks back at...
  • Co-operative and Community Finance celebrates the best lending year since 1973

    Last year marked not only the 40th anniversary for Co-operative and Community Finance, but also the best lending year for the Bristol-based fund that supports community-owned ventures.

    In 2013, the organisation paid out £1,209,500 in loans and investments to co-operatives and community-owned organisations. This represents an increase of 55% from the previous year.

    Co-operative News, the Global News Hub

  • Caravan co-op in running for national award
    Posted by EMPOWER ADMIN on May 12, 2014 at 12:08 in Co-operatives (Change)Send Message View Discussions
    A co-operative dedicated to giving families in poverty a break is up for an award. The Caravan Project, a volunteer-run charitable consortium co-op, is in the running for this year’s People’s Choice award at the Scottish Charity Awards.
    Co-operative News, the Global News Hubs
  • Milking the rewards of member engagement
    Posted by Geoff Wade on May 9, 2014 at 7:09View Blog
    One of Britain’s most innovative dairy co-operatives is setting a gold standard for member engagement.

    First Milk, the UK’s only major dairy business to be 100 per cent owned by British farmers, now operates according to a members’ charter which formally sets out its commitment to giving 1,500 co-operative members a significant role in how the business is run.

    The charter includes clarity on how milk prices are set, details of how members can take part in governance and how members’ capital investment is rewarded, as well as information on how it consults and communicates with members and their representatives.

    Every member has the opportunity to become an area representative and to stand for election to the board, and key decisions are subject to a members’ vote....
  • Charity Bank backs community hydro project with £400,000 loan
    Posted by EMPOWER ADMIN on May 2, 2014 at 12:04 in Co-operatives (Change)Send Message View Discussions
    Social purpose bank Charity Bank has announced its first borrower following a major investment by Big Society Capital will be a community hydropower project in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley.
    Co-operative News, the Global News Hub
  • Community energy sector faces financial barriers
    Posted by Geoff Wade on May 1, 2014 at 8:58 in Co-operatives (Change)View Discussions
    Community energy is not just a niche to mainstream power, but a key part of a vibrant energy sector, argues a report from a socio-economic think-tank.

    A report from ResPublica says community energy, which currently represents 0.4% of the UK’s renewable capacity, has not successfully been integrated into the mainstream supply chain. One of the barriers facing the sector is access to finance and, in particular, the failure of banks to finance small-scale projects.

    Community Energy: Unlocking Finance and Investment, supported by Co-operative Energy, highlights a potential solution to finance the sector as being crowdfunding – whether this is the traditional sense of sourcing donations or launching share issues.....
  • Co-ops work together to make coach travel fairer
    Posted by Geoff Wade on April 28, 2014 at 15:24 in Co-operatives (Change)View Discussions
    Two co-operative businesses are developing a service to get a better deal for people buying public transport tickets.

    Atomised and Go-op are creating a website and mobile app that could save coach travellers in particular money, as well as being easier to use, and they are looking for volunteers to help test it....
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