Employee-owned paper mill closes, with almost 475 jobs lost

Tullis Russell Papermakers, including RWE’s biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant, at Markinch, Fife. (Photo: RWE)

Employee-owned paper mill Tullis Russell has gone into receivership, with almost all its 475 employees losing their jobs. Tullis Russell Papermakers, which was founded in 1809 and manufactured board for cards, covers and packaging from a 100-acre site in Markinch, Fife, had been making significant losses for several years. The final blow came when its […]


A bright future for energy in Edinburgh

Public buildings accross Edinburgh, such as schools and leisure centres, will be chosen to host solar technology

Edinburgh City Council is installing community-owned solar panels  in 25 council buildings throughout the city. The Council is working with the Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative (ECSC) to deliver the project, which is also being supported by Energy4All. The initiative, which is believed to be the largest community-owned urban renewable energy project in the UK, will see public buildings […]


Argentinian co-operatives defend children’s right to education

'The distance between schools cannot be a valid reason for children not to have access to education'

The Argentinian Confederation of Cooperatives has called for safeguarding children’s rights to go to school. The confederation, also known as Cooperar, is responding to a statement by senator Alfredo de Ángeli, who suggested legalising the participation of children in agricultural activities during harvest. Cooperar’s regional economics commission said: “As representatives of a sector made up primarily of […]


Mongolia to revamp its dairy sector based on India co-op model

Mongolia plans to develop its milk industry based on the model used by India’s leading dairy co-op

Mongolia plans to develop an effective milk procurement system based on the model used by India’s leading dairy co-operative. The Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) has signed an agreement with the Institute of Technology of Mongolia and will work with the country’s co-operative sector and milk processors on restructuring the dairy industry. India’s largest exporter […]


Dairy co-op launches governance review following job loss proposals

First Milk Tanker

Farmer-owned dairy co-operative First Milk is to cut up to 70 jobs and conduct a governance review following its recent disappointing performance. Over the past nine months, the company said, falling commodity prices have ‘highlighted strategic and operational issues that must be addressed’. Since his appointment in April, First Milk’s new chief executive Mike Gallacher […]


Co-operative schools seek government partnership on education proposals

Students at the Haywood Academy

The Schools Co-operative Society and the Co-operative College have said they are ready to work with the government to ensure co-op solutions are part of the country’s education offering. As the Queen’s Speech revealed plans for an education bill to raise standards in schools, the two organisations outlined a vision to create a world-class education system […]


Building societies take a third of new mortgages


Building societies have reached a market share of almost a third of new mortgages in the first quarter of this year. Statistics released by the Building Societies Association revealed that over 91,000 mortgages were approved by the mutuals that totalled £12.7bn and accounted for 29% of all new lending across the market. Mortgage lending by […]


Credit unions attract over 200 members every day


Almost 20,000 people joined credit unions in the last three months of 2014. Figures from the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority show that at the end of December 2014, credit unions across the UK served 1,587,737 adult members, plus a further 227,509 junior savers. This was an increase in adult membership of 19,312 over […]