The Co-operative Marque: communicating co-operation


In November 2013, the global Co-operative Marque was officially launched at the International Co-operative Alliance’s conference and General Assembly in Cape Town. Unveiled at a dazzling laser show by ICA president Dame Pauline Green in front of 1,200 delegates from 86 countries, the new global brand was the first major change in the visual identity of the […]


Co-op Party braces for battle on two fronts

The Co-operative Party wants to see a not-for-profit operator established on the railway

With only a couple of weeks to go till the general election, Labour/Co-op candidates face a battle on two fronts.   More than 40 prospective parliamentary candidates are standing this time, with 14 new candidates and 28 former MPs standing for re-election against the backdrop of a serious funding crisis with the Co-operative Group. The […]


More opportunities for farmers through new Fairtrade Sourcing Programs

Fairtrade cocoa farmer Fortin Bley

For many years the familiar sight of the blue and green Fairtrade mark has been a beacon for ethical shoppers. But under the new Fairtrade Sourcing Programs, things are about to change as Fairtrade pioneers a new way for farmers to sell their produce all over the globe. The initiative will allow manufacturers to source […]


Group’s commitment to women’s voices

The Co-operative Group's Manchester head office

An initiative designed to empower women working in the co-op movement is going from strength to strength The Aspire network was launched in 2012 as a result of a pilot consultation in Manchester to find out if there was a need for a women’s career network to empower more female employees in the Co-operative Group. […]


Swansea’s Chinese community finds support through co-operation

The Chinese Community Co-op Centre organises trips for members and hold events grow Chinese/Welsh relations in Swansea

Swansea’s Chinese community makes up just 1% of the population, creating language barriers and social isolation. The city’s Chinese Community Co-op Centre has been tackling these problems for the past 18 years, looking after more than 600 members in Wales. Run by a board of five directors, the centre was set up in December 1996 […]


Could co-ops be the solution for a first class post office?

Leicester Carriage Builders, part of the Central England Co-operative, converted 40 vans into mobile ‘walk-in’ post offices serving 250 remote locations a week

In 1660, Charles II established the Post Office as the official means of communication between the Crown and the state. The last three decades have arguably seen more changes than the previous three centuries. With the advent of the internet and e-mail, the Post Office has had to move with the times as PCs, laptops […]


Good news for media co-ops

The Bristol Cable launched in 2013, following public consultations and workshops

How reader-led co-operatives are fulfilling the need for high-quality local news The internet may have transformed lives for the better, but it has been bad news for traditional print media. Regional newspapers are currently disappearing at a rate of more than 30 a year, with over 250 titles closing in the last eight years. Circulations […]


Thinktank forecasting from the New Weather Institute

The New Weather Institute: Lindsay Mackie, David Boyle, Andrew Simms and Sarah Burns

A co-operatively run thinktank is drafting an ambitious blueprint for a better society. The New Weather Institute launched in November last year, set up by four colleagues. Economist David Boyle, described by Co-operatives UK General Secretary Ed Mayo as “the finest radical voice of this generation”, is the author of a host of books about history, social […]


Britain’s only foster care co-op turns 15

The Foster Care Co-operative has grown steadily and now has contracts with 59 local authorities

The only co-operative in the UK offering homes to vulnerable children has just celebrated its 15th anniversary. In October 1999, Laurie Gregory set up the Foster Care Co-operative after over 30 years working with local authorities as a senior social worker. He took early retirement and saw the opportunity to offer an alternative to private […]