Big questions for the movement as it looks to expand

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Jim Pettipher, deputy executive director of Co-operative Futures, looks at the issues around co-operative development… As co-operative development becomes an increasingly hot topic, it’s important to look at the challenges facing newly established or growing co-operatives. It’s also important to put things in context. We need to ask where are we at with co-operative development, […]

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Co-op Group members demand political funding shake up

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is one of the Party’s leading figures – but Alistair Thomson says few people realise he is even a member (Image: Co-op Party)

The Co-op Group has a long history of funding the Co-op Party and, through it, the Labour Party. But as Britain approaches an election in which alternative progressive parties including the Greens and the Scottish Nationalists are expected to do well, Co-op members are asking whether it is time for the Group to offer its […]

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Co-op Party braces for battle on two fronts

The Co-operative Party wants to see a not-for-profit operator established on the railway

With only a couple of weeks to go till the general election, Labour/Co-op candidates face a battle on two fronts.   More than 40 prospective parliamentary candidates are standing this time, with 14 new candidates and 28 former MPs standing for re-election against the backdrop of a serious funding crisis with the Co-operative Group. The […]

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How do we finance co-operatives?

Steph McGovern, who will be hosting Congress 2015, with Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co-operatives UK, at the 2014 event

It is one of the biggest issues facing co-operative businesses today: how does a co-operative bring in the finance it needs to develop while ensuring the members stay in control? It is also one of the two debates at Co-operative Congress on 27 June, where co-ops across the country will come together to discuss critical […]

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Sharing experience: Suma’s impact locally and beyond

Suma's members are teaching the world about its best-practice model

Suma Wholefoods was singled out as Co-operatives UK’s co-op of the year 2014 – and if the movement finds it a shining example of co-operation, local people find it just as inspiring. With 138 members earning the same salary – more than £30,000, plus incentives and bonuses – this workers co-op’s impact on the West Yorkshire […]

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Midcounties: New Co-op Group governance process ‘derailed at the first hurdle’

Midcounties president Ruth Fitzjohn has criticised the Group's election process

Contested elections for the Co-operative Group’s board are a key co-operative safeguard, according to the president of Midcounties Co-operative, Ruth FitzJohn. In a shared president-to-chair letter to Allan Leighton, Ms FitzJohn criticised the decisions made over the Group’s board to select three out of six candidates, who will all receive automatic places on the board without […]

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Back to the future with modernity

Allan Leigton, Co-operative Group chair

Six member-nominated directors were put forward for election by the Group’s members council, for three seats on the Group board. The transitional search committee decided to put forward only three of the six for ballot at the Group’s annual meeting in May. Allan Leighton, who was appointed chair of the group in February, responds to concerns over […]

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‘We should not interfere with members’ rights’

'We should not re-write history as an excuse to interfere with members’ rights', says Sir Graham Melmoth

Six member-nominated directors were put forward for election by the Group’s members council, for three seats on the Group board. The transitional search committee decided to put forward only three of the six for ballot at the Group’s annual meeting in May. Sir Graham Melmoth, former Group CEO, is concerned with the interference with members’ rights. The results reported by Co-operative […]

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Group faces fresh row over member-nominated director elections process

Three member-nominated directors have been put forward for election - for three empty seats

The election process for the member-nominated directors to the Co-operative Group’s board have been criticised after it was announced that only three candidates were standing for three seats. Applications were open to all members who demonstrated commercial acumen and empathy with co-operative values and principles. They were vetted by the members council through the scrutiny committee […]

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