Co-op pub buyout underway in Staffordshire

The Royal Oak in Rushton Spencer is Staffordshire's first community pub buyout

Staffordshire’s first co-operative pub buyout is underway at the Royal Oak in Rushton Spencer, near Macclesfield. More than 50 people attended a community share offer launch at the pub on 22 October. The aim is to raise around £280,000 to buy, refurbish and reopen the pub, which is up for sale. Local people have set […]


Co-ops working at the heart of their communities

(l-r) Emma Horsham manager of Wood End Co-op convenience store, borough and parish councillor Margaret Moss, community defibrillator facilitator Stuart Grainger, county, borough and parish councillor Brian Moss, local resident and first-aider John Edge, Kingsbury convenience store manager Annette Brindley, Kingsbury Parish Council clerk Sue Humphries and Kingsbury Parish Council chair Katy Carr. Photo courtesy of Enigma Communications

Defibrillators can mean the difference between life and death for heart attack victims. That is why co-operative retailers are using their position at the heart of communities to help provide access to them. A defibrillator uses an electric shock to restart the heart during cardiac arrest, and can increase the chance of survival by 50%. […]


Learning together: perspectives in co-operative education

The conference will take place at the People’s History Museum on 9 December

Practitioners and academics involved in co-operative education will come together in Manchester for a conference on perspectives in co-operative education. The event, organised by the Co-operative College, will include interactive workshops and panel discussions. Keynote speakers include Dame Pauline Green, president of the International Co-operative Alliance and Mervyn Wilson, principal of the Co-operative College, Linda […]


Community Shares Scotland helps launch two new community share offers

Community Shares Scotland has helped launch two new renewable energy schemes

Community Shares Scotland, the body formed in May to help communities invest in their own futures, has supported the launch of two more community share offers. Urras Energy Society Ltd, in South Galston on Lewis, and Sunart Community Renewables in Strontian, Lochaber, were launched after a recent community shares roadshow in Leverburgh. Alastair Macleod, local development officer […]


90% recycling rate for more than 200 Midcounties stores

Mike Pickering at a recycling point set up by Midcounties and Biffa

Midcounties Co-operative has achieved a 90% recycling rate across more than 200 of its food stores, as it continues its drive to create sustainable communities and reduce its carbon footprint. The achievement follows several years of work by the society, the UK’s largest independent co-operative. Five years ago, it introduced dry mixed recycling across all of its sites and, in […]


Greenwich Leisure expands into children’s centres

GLL, which runs more than 140 public sport and leisure centres, now also operates ten children's centres

Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL), the UK’s largest leisure co-operative, has taken on four major new contracts, including management of its first children centres. GLL now operates ten children’s centres through a three-year partnership with Greenwich Council, with a possible two-year extension. It will be assisting in areas including child development, school readiness, parenting skills and […]


Co-operator May Woodall has died aged 91

May Woodall, who was president of the Blackpool Co-operative Women's Guild, has passed away aged 91

May Woodall, who was president of Blackpool Co-operative Women’s Guild and a director of United Co-operatives, has passed away at the age of 91. Born May Tucker in 1923 in Sheffield, her first job was picking up pins at a tailor’s shop. She worked hard and eventually became a skilled machinist. She then joined the […]


London borrowers look to credit unions as payday alternative

London Capital Credit Union covers areas across the city including Camden

One of the capital’s credit unions has seen a 47% increase in membership as borrowers look to avoid payday lenders. For the year ending September 2014, London Capital Credit Union has reached 10,062 members and seen a 62% increase in loans to members to £5.6m. At the same time, members’ savings have increased by 59% to £6.6m. Martin […]


‘Oven chips’ to heat co-operative store in pilot project


A heating system powered by ‘oven chips’ will save up to 40% energy in a local Co-operative Group store. The Fort William store has installed a biomass boiler to convert the woodchips into energy to provide heat and hot water. Recycled from waste by local firm BSW Timber, and from forests just ten miles away at […]


Second book in the New Lanark trilogy explores Robert Owen’s legacy

C.A. Hope signing a copy of the book for Prof Donald Pitzer, Director Emeritus at the Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana

The second part of novelist C.A. Hope’s trilogy about life in New Lanark’s cotton mills, the scene of early social reforms which inspired the co-operative movement, follows the work of pioneering radical Robert Owen. The fictional New Lanark – Living With A Visionary, is set in a troubled time for Britain’s mill workers, when the […]