So how are we doing so far this year? Well if you’re reading this and you’re a member of our Co-op then it’s good news. Between the start of January and the end of June, we gave back £29m through our 5% member reward and a further £6m to 4,000 local causes through our 1% […]

The last month has seen devastating floods in Southeast Asia and hurricanes across the Caribbean. The loss of life and destruction of homes and infrastructure is heartbreaking. I can’t even imagine what these people are going through. Charities like the International Red Cross are on the ground providing food, shelter and medical care, but the […]

At the Co-op, we are proud to be a very different kind of business – a co-operative that champions a better way of doing business for you and your community. There are lots of other co-ops and social enterprises that share a similar view. So we’re backing Social Saturday, organised by Social Enterprise UK, because […]

Yesterday I addressed a gathering of co-op/mutual senior leaders from across the co-operative sector in the UK. It was the first such meeting for several years and gave me the opportunity to set out the challenges facing the movement in the 21st century. The following is what I had to say: One of the commitments I’ve […]

As a Co-op Member, you have a say in the things we do and how we are run. One way members can have their say is through our new Shape your Community events, run by our National Members’ Council. There are 20 of these events happening across the country over the next few months, for members and […]

Over the last few decades I’ve known lots of different communities – from my early days in Wigan, and the Children’s homes I’ve lived in, to the community I found in Ethiopia, and the artistic and philanthropic communities I’m now part of. The beautiful thing is that community means lots of different things to different people. […]

Applications for the next round of funding are now closed.   When you finished your Local Community Fund online application you’ll have seen a screen, which thanked you for your application. Unfortunately, we’ve realised that a fault in the system means not all completed applications were saved. How to check your online application was received […]