What were the ten most popular stories on the Co-operative News website?

2014 top 10

1. The difficulties in separating the Co-operative Bank from the Group “This is a period of substantial transition not just for the Co-operative Bank, but also for the Co-operative Group.”     2. White poppies: the story of the alternative Remembrance Day “The story of the white poppies began in 1933, when the members of the […]


2014: the year of the grassroots co-operator

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If Co-operative News was to choose a theme for 2014, it would be grassroots co-operation. This year has been dotted with hundreds of initiatives of community activism all in the name of co-operation (or working together). It just so happens that the co-op model has been the vehicle of choice to help people on their […]


Growth and innovation: From village stores to the Fair Tax Marque

2014 was another good year for the UK’s community shop sector, according to the Plunkett Foundation

2014 can be remembered as a year of growth and innovation across the co-operative movement. It saw the growth of community co-operatives from energy, village stores, pubs and credit unions through to innovations such as the increased level for withdrawable share capital, the Fair Tax Mark and the Worker Co-operative Solidarity Fund. JANUARY: Withdrawable share […]


Government: Moving the sector towards a level playing field

Glasgow (pictured) and Edinburgh have both progressed their commitment to become co-operative councils

Following an international effort to ensure that co-operatives are given a level playing field with other models of business, 2014 was a year of government action to help the sector. Initially led Dame Pauline Green in her 2012 speech at the United Nations, the campaign for more equality for the co-operative business model has been […]


Reputation: Grappling with co-operative identity and governance

The issues at the Co-operative Group also affected the reputation of the wider co-op movement

Co-operative Group members, employees and the rest of the movement were dealing with the fallout from a traumatic 2013. Following the discovery of a £1.5bn capital hole in 2013 and the separation of the Co-operative Bank, 2014 was a year of reflection. A number of reports identified management and governance issues. The government announced investigations […]


The highlights from 2014′s co-operative conferences

Roselyn Xavier, who spoke about youth at the UK Society for Co-op Studies conference

Ways Forward Conference 17 January, Manchester Using the future of the Co-operative Bank as a starting point, delegates at the open Ways Forward conference discussed democracy, organic growth, governance and the future of co-operatives. Co-operators heard from Vivian Woodell (chief executive, the Phone Co-op), Dominic Hook (national officer, Unite), and Peter Couchman (chief executive, Plunkett […]


What else has happened in 2014?

Agricultural co-operatives around the world in events as part of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming

Co-operative Group The Co-operative Group reported its biggest-ever loss of £2.5bn. “Significant losses” at the Co-op Bank, which include a disposal of £1.44bn and £625m loss on disposal of the Bank, are to blame alongside a £226m write-down of the 2009 acquisition of Somerfield. Trust in co-operatives has been knocked following negative publicity surrounding the […]


Ethical finance updates: credit unions, mutual insurers and employee ownership

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To Your Credit campaign The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a new website, www.toyourcredit.org.uk, to support his campaign for a fairer financial system. A well-known supporter of credit unions, the site features case studies and ways to find credit unions. www.toyourcredit.org.uk Mutual insurers grow through the crisis New research from the Association of Financial Mutuals – which represents […]