Share offer looks to finance hydro scheme on the west coast of Scotland


A community benefit society is launching a share offer to raise finance for a new hydroelectric scheme. Based on the west coast of Scotland around Strontian, Sunart Community Renewables was set up in 2014 under the guidance of the Scottish Community Shares Unit. The project is an initiative of the local charity Sunart Community Company, […]


Co-operative College chief to retire next year


After over thirty years working in the co-operative sector, Mervyn Wilson, the chief executive and principal of the Co-operative College, is retiring. Mr Wilson, who has worked in the field of co-operative education, co-operative identity and governance with co-operatives from all over the world, will retire in April next year. While at the College, he […]


Co-operative Group’s half-yearly meeting to take place in December

The Co-operative Group's head office, One Angel Square

This year’s half-yearly meeting for the Co-operative Group is set to happen on 6 December. It will be the first meeting following the Group’s governance reforms last month, which has seen the formation of a transitional board headed by Ursula Lidbetter. Also in place is a senate where former directors and chairs of regional boards […]


Despite changing landscape, community energy sector still faces battles

Community Energy Conference speakers

The energy sector has changed over the past few years, but a lot more needs to be done to support renewable energy co-ops, according Ramsey Dunning, general manager of Co-operative Energy. Speaking at the Community Energy Conference at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on 13 September, Mr Dunning highlighted that the supply from the […]


Scottish civil engineering firm becomes employee owned

David Narro Associates team at their Edinburgh headquarters. David Narro, managing director of David Narro Associates civil engineers (centre, in pale blue shirt) are staff and directors including Amanda Douglas (far left, practice manager and non-executive director), and directors Andrew Brown, Dominic Echlin (correct) and Steve Wood. Pictured in the Marchmont (Edinburgh) firm's office.

A consultant structural and civil engineering firm in Scotland has transitioned to employee ownership. Founded 28 years ago, David Narro Associates (DNA) is a leading consultant and civil engineering firm, with offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. DNA has worked on over 4,000 projects, including the refurbishment of the National Museum of Scotland, and has received […]


Co-op’s garden city plan scoops £250,000 prize

David Rudlin says 40 towns and cities could expand, including Norwich, Northampton, Oxford and Rugby

An urban design co-op has won the Wolfson Economic Prize 2014 for its vision of garden cities built on to existing towns. The prize sought ideas on how best to deliver a new garden city which is “visionary, economically viable and popular”. The winning proposal by David Rudlin, manager of Urbed, would provide around 3.5m new homes in England. He said […]


Birmingham housing co-operative celebrates 25 years of living

Paddock Housing Co-operative members celebrated their special 25th anniversary with an afternoon children’s fancy dress party

A Birmingham-based housing co-operative that provides homes for 46 families is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The story of Paddock Housing Co-operative started when a group of residents living in flats in Chuckery who were waiting on the council’s  list for a permanent home decided to build their own houses. With support from Birmingham Co-operative Housing […]


Fonterra to open third dairy farm hub in China


The world’s largest global milk processor and dairy exporter, Fonterra Co-operative Group, will develop a dairy farm hub in China. Fonterra, a farmer-owned co-operative from New Zealand, is the world’s largest global milk processor and dairy exporter, with earnings of $1bn in 2013 on revenue of $18.6bn. The group signed an agreement with Abbott, a global […]


Community lenders ask the government for a further £150m of funding

Over 2,000 jobs have been created in communities thanks to support from the Regional Growth Fund

Community development finance institutions are calling for a further £150m government lending pot to support small businesses and social enterprises, including co-operatives. Community lenders have already generated over £100m in extra economic value. According to the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA), the funding has also secured over 2,266 jobs and created another 352. Small businesses […]


Health and social co-operatives can provide solutions

Laura Peracaula

One of the speakers at the International Summit of Cooperatives next month, Laura Paracaula is deputy director general at Saura Cooperativa, the biggest health and social care co-operative in Catalonia. At the Summit she will be looking at the role co-operatives could play in providing services, particularly in the context of demographic growth and an […]