helps schools to set up walking buses - groups of children who walk to school together, accompanied by two adult volunteers.
The UK currently has more than 6,500 co-operative
businesses owned by more than 15m members and contributing PS37bn to the British economy each year.
Ben Reid, chief executive of The Midcounties Co-operative
, said: "As a member-owned society, this award win is particularly important to us because it was voted for by our members and shows that they are really excited and engaged with the work we're doing in their local community and to help the environment.
9bn or 40%), although the employee owned retailer, the John Lewis Partnership, is now the single largest co-operative
business in the country.
Above, fourteen leaders of co-operatives
in Wales in a photo recreating one taken of the original Rochdale Pioneers co-operative
around 170 years ago, right
In these difficult circumstances we believe that it is the fairest outcome for our stakeholders, including customers, different classes of bondholders and preference share holders, colleagues and The Co-operative
Awards are allocated by local Co-operative
members' committees, based on a set of values and principles such as social responsibility and caring for others.
The book also is a personal journey as the author documents his own experiences with co-operatives
, primarily in the Bay Area of California, notably the Berkeley Consumer Co-operative
and the Heartwood Co-operative
Woodshop, of which he has been a longstanding member.
Why is the Co-operative
Bank now in the ascendancy?
The Commission's full remit is to: Consider the evidence for supporting the co-operative
and mutual sector in Wales; Consider existing business advice for the mutual sector and provide suggestions on how this might be strengthened; Identify specific areas that might be targeted for additional support by the Welsh Government; Consider best practice and evaluations that may be available; Set out a vision for co-operative
and mutual economy in Wales.
The cuts come as the co-operative
movement in Canada and around the world is celebrating the International Year of Co-operatives
, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to highlight the contribution co-operatives
make to the economic and social development of communities.
In 1951, for financial and efficiency reasons, the three individual companies joined forces as Co-operative
Fire Insurance Association of Vermont.
Co-operauves are best known at a national level via high street retailers such as The Co-operative
Group, which is leading the way in community retailing and Fairtrade.
THE economic crisis has provided a new lease of life to the co-operative
movement, claims a new report today.
TO celebrate the second round of this season's Co-operative
Insurance Cup, we're giving eleven lucky readers the chance to watch their chosen home team in action in the second round ties of The Co-operative