co-operatives

I don't like it, and have marched against it, but City Hall is going to face further austerity up to 2020. We need to come
If competition ends up as being a fight to the finish, then we need a new way of thinking about economic success.
Co-operative schools are at the forefront of a quiet revolution, and the national Co-operative Schools Society is larger than any of the major academy chains. They benefit from their links to the wider co-operative movement with its tens of millions of members.
The new century has seen two great reforms of organizational life in the UK, in the form of new Acts of Parliament that review and consolidate all the relevant existing legislation. The first was the Companies Act 2006, which followed a lengthy Company Law Review. The second was the Charities Act 2011.
Now I know what a steamroller can do. The last year has been the most dramatic and the most traumatic ever for the co-operative sector. For years, you wait for the mainstream business press to pick up on the potential of the co-operative model in today's more open and fluid world of enterprise, and then...wham.
So whatever the initial outcome it's the negotiations after the vote that will be crucial to the future political set-up. It's at that point that Co-operatives UK will have the opportunity to determine the best way to respond.
With our new electoral cycle in place, the Scottish referendum looming and politicians now realising photo opportunities to stand in waders and point at floods are now within 30 minutes of the capital, Westminster seems to be in pre-election mode 18 months early.
The challenges of The Co-operative Bank and the furore around the role of the former chair, made co-operatives - businesses that are member-owned - an unhappy national news story in late 2013. Three months on and I feel that I can breathe again. But what difference did these high profile troubles make to the wider co-operative sector and the long-term reputation of our business model?
Sainsbury's has shown some early festive goodwill by unwittingly advertising a rival's products in its Christmas advert. Viewers
For 150 years the co-operative movement has been on the side of ordinary people. Today, the co-operative sector is thriving, growing more than 20% since the recession started in 2008. Co-operative businesses in the UK together turnover more than £37bn a year, a £9bn increase since 2008.