Co-operative News

CASE marks 40 years

Dame Pauline Green was the guest of honour at an event celebrating the 40th birthday of CASE – Leicester’s Co-operative And Social Enterprise development agency. At its formation in 1982, the agency was called Leicester Co-operative Development Agency. The celebration took place in the premises of one of Leicester’s oldest trading co-ops, Soft Touch Arts […]

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Co-ops’ Covid Crisis

It is too soon to assess the impact of Covid-19 – but we know it is terrible in health, social and financial terms. The eventual impact will be determined by the virus itself and how governments mitigate it – can a vaccine be developed, and if so, how quickly?; do people who have caught the

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Thomas Cook

More than 150,000 holiday makers had to be repatriated following the collapse of travel agents Thomas Cook.  The business failure could lead to the loss of the firm’s 21,000 employees’ jobs – 9,000 of these in the UK – unless the administrators can sell at least part of the business as a going concern.  While

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Cyprus Co-operative Bank

The collapse of the Cyprus Co-operative Bank was neither the largest nor the most famous of the banking failures that domino-ed across Europe in the wake of the ‘great recession’.  But it carried many of the same characteristics – and illustrated that mutual banks are just as capable as plcs of being ruined by mismanagement

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Fairtrade?

Traidcraft – one of the pathfinders of Fairtrade commerce in the UK – is in crisis.  After completing a restructuring exercise the organisation will be employing just 12 staff, down from the 67 it currently has.  Twenty two staff have chosen voluntary redundancy, while 45 employees have been issued with formal redundancy notices.   In

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Co-operative Banking

“The Co-operative Bank has largely avoided the consequences of the market turmoil. Our cautious and responsible approach to business development limited our exposure to the problems that have afflicted many in the sector.”  Those words by the then chief executive, David Anderson, of The Co-operative Bank still reverberate a decade on – they were written

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Northern Ireland’s Co-operative Policy School

Portrush on Northern Ireland’s most northerly coast was not the most hospitable of places during the cold winds of the ‘Beast from the East’, yet the Northern Ireland Co-operative Party’s weekend policy school was well attended – despite some journeys being literally derailed.   (The Enterprise rail service from Dublin to Belfast was suspended and flights

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