co-operative enterprise

Upcycling for community benefit

In August 2012 the Glad Cafe started trading in the southside of Glasgow. Set up as a Community Interest Company its aim was to run a busy cafe with a well equipped venue for live music and other arts events. Its social objective was that eventually its profits would be used to provide affordable [...]

Busy Bee Toy Shop community co-operative

What does community mean? I expect it means different things to different people; sometimes community can be family, sometimes it is sought in friends. It is a feeling of belonging, not just identity. We hear of village communities, communities on housing estates, faith communities, and when we [...]

In praise of the co-operative economy

I am constantly reading articles by various commentators bemoaning the failures of our neo-liberal economy and calling for a more responsible form of capitalism. Perhaps the nature of capitalism cannot be changed but an obvious, if rarely lauded, alternative does exist. 2012 has been declared by [...]

Co-operative Enterprise

Co-operatives are businesses owned and run by and for their members, whether they are customers, employees or residents. As well as giving members an equal say and share of the profits, co-operatives act together to build a better world through co-operation. There are 5,450 independent co-operative [...]

International Year of Co-operatives 2012

The United Nations has designated 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives. From Argentina to Zambia, the 1.4 million co-operatives across the globe will be celebrating and showing how they build a better world. Global female co-operative leader, Dame Pauline Green, President of the [...]

Karen Wilkie – Co-operative Party Women’s Network

Women co-operators have always engaged in political action, campaigning early in the 19th & 20th centuries for the vote, for maternity benefits, milk for school-children, divorce law reform, a minimum wage; and initiating the white poppies peace campaign. This year we celebrated the 100th [...]
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