Co-operative businesses really are bubbling up everywhere during the epic UN International Year of Co-operatives. So much so, that one of the UK’s best selling female magazines, Women and Home, which is circulated to almost 400,000 readers in the UK and overseas, wants a slice of the co-operative action.
A full page feature in the glossy, celebrates a pub bought and run by locals in Crosby Ravensworth, Cumbria. The Butchers Arms co-operative was thrust back into the community by a group of 300 Cumbrian locals who invested £250 to keep the pints pulling, orders being taken, and the community working together; to own a share of the pub which was closed for almost a year. Around £300,000 was raised through sheer determination, and co-operation, as well as funding by The Co-operative Loan Fund, and today the community run pub is enjoyed by many, and the community has spirit has been restored.
Do you have a local co-operative pub in your local area which is run and owned by the community? Find out on the newly launched, one of a kind, Co-operate app. Co-operate makes it easy for people to find co-operatives and mutuals across the UK. Whether they need food or phones, electricity or banking, Co-operate allows customers to download a better world on to their mobile phone.
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