One of the UK’s largest independents has launched a business plan outlining its strategy for future success. Chief executive Mark Smith and his team at the Southern Co-operative (TSC) have just produced Our Plan 2014-2016 – a 28-page document explaining their vision to employees, members and partner organisations. The brochure is being rolled out across […]
Supporters Direct, the organisation that helps sports fans become involved in the ownership and running of their clubs, has a new man in charge of its team. Chief executive Robin Osterley is taking up the role after 16 years at Making Music, the National Federation of Music Societies. During his time as CEO at the […]
Learners from Lincolnshire Co-operative have become the first group of students to graduate from the University of Lincoln with a unique business degree. The foundation degree in business management – a joint project between the University of Lincoln Business School and Lincolnshire Co-operative Learning and Development Team – marks the latest initiative in a long […]
One of Britain’s most innovative dairy co-operatives is setting a gold standard for member engagement. First Milk, the UK’s only major dairy business to be 100 per cent owned by British farmers, now operates according to a members’ charter which formally sets out its commitment to giving 1,500 co-operative members a significant role in how […]
When it comes to inspiring members and employees to get involved, Nationwide is leading the way. In 2013, the mutual financial provider achieved Platinum status in the Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index. It has achieved a clutch of other accolades for its formidable track record in the wider community with a series of […]
Community leaders in Coventry have welcomed an initiative offering funerals customised for Asian families. The Heart of England Co-operative now plans over 100 funerals a year for the Sikh and Hindu population – and is ensuring its services are increasingly geared towards its communities. Its Co-operative Funeralcare branch in Foleshill has a team of specialist […]
Music mogul Paul Birch earned his place in music history in 1979, when he founded indie label Revolver Records, which has more than 3,500 albums in its back catalogue and notched up a series of famous signings, including Manchester legends the Stone Roses. Now, its co-operatively run sister company has a fast-growing range of Fairtrade coffee, […]
One of the most positive events in this year’s co-operative movement calendar was the launch in June of the Social Economy Alliance.
One million co-operative Christmas trees are waiting to be claimed in the farms and forests of rural Wales.
One of the UK’s most influential thinkers on food policy has issued a challenge to the Co-operative Group.