• On 1 October 2015, three major health organisations in North East Lincolnshire covering community services, mental health and acute (hospital) services entered into a Co-operation Agreement. “So what’, you might say. “What’s the news in that?...

  • With increasing challenges brought by demographic changes, technological developments, globalisation or climate change, the world of work is facing an uncertain future. In this respect, co-operatives are a major player, with more than a quarter...

  • Last month, a £1m funding commitment towards co-operative development was announced by the Co-operative Bank, which will see Co-operatives UK delivering a variety of initiatives to develop and grow co-ops over a three-year period. We ask...

  • The fifth principle states that co-operatives must provide education and training, not only for members, managers and employees, but also for the general public who aren’t involved in the co-operative movement. After all, co-operatives should...

  • US agri co-ops are celebrating record performances for the fourth year in a row with net income up 16.5% for 2014 and revenue rising 0.4% from 2013. Last month – National Cooperative Month – agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced a...

  • As the voluntary Living Wage increases from £7.85 to £8.25 per hour (from £9.15 to £9.40 in London) we take a look at some of the UK’s Living Wage-accredited co-ops. Companies can apply for Living Wage...

  • Co-operatives in the UK are celebrating Living Wage week, which is running from 1-7 November 2015 and is organised by the Living Wage Foundation. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated...

  • To be officially recognised as a co-operative, all societies must undergo a ‘test’ to determine if they are ‘bona fide’. In an attempt to clarify what this means, the sector’s registrar, the Financial Conduct Authority, is...

  • Today’s shoppers are faced with a wide array of certified goods – from supermarket brands through to products bought by co-operatives. While this certification is predominantly used to show either the source of a product,...

  • Community and solidarity are two words associated with the co-operative movement by members and non-members around the world. A 2012 study from global research group IPSOS, which interviewed people in five cities across five continents to...