Co-operatives Fortnight 2012 coincided with the first Community Shop Fortnight. The co-operative sector’s national campaign brings together co-operatives up and down the country to highlight how co-operatives share their profits, give people an equal say and help build a better world. Here’s a re-cap of celebrations from across the UK.
On Tuesday the third of July, during Co-operatives Fortnight 2012, The Financial Times issued a special four page supplement report to celebrate the co-operative business model, which offers an alternative form to capitalism. The feature looks closely at the growing employee-owned business model, offering stability and diverse forms of ownership. The report illustrates the breadth and economic success of co-operative businesses; quoting the newly launched report. Download the special four page supplement: http://www.uk.coop/2012/have-you-seen-ft
In 2011, the co-operative economy grew by 1.5%, outperforming the UKeconomy for the fourth consecutive year. The co-operative economy has grown by 19.6% since 2088 whist the UKeconomy in 2011 is 1.7% smaller than in 2008. On the day of launch, BBC Breakfast News visited Co-operatives UK member, The Handmade Bakery; a community owned bakery in Slaithwaite, Yorkshire. The Co-operative Economy 2012 Storify includes photographs and tweets from the day. Download a copy of The Co-operative Economy. http://www.uk.coop/economy2012
Get your thumbs at the ready to support sustainable, community owned shops during Community Shop Fortnight. Illustrating the breadth of the UKco-operative sector, the Co-operate app was launched. The first co-operative sector app makes it easy for you to find your local co-operatives; including community owned shops and pubs. Take part in the Check-in Challenge to win £50 of co-operative vouchers. http://www.uk.coop/blog/linzi-nedoszytko/2012-06-21/co-operate-are-you-ready-challenge
Have you heard of the Blockley Village Shop and Café? Worker-owner, Amanda Maxted (http://www.uk.coop/womenschallenge/node/12871) features in the newly launched Co-operative Womens Challenge 2012 website. Do you kow any inspirational women in the co-operative movement? Ensure you let Linzi.firstname.lastname@example.org know.
Throughout the course across Co-operatives Fortnight, there have been numerous Events across the UK in celebration of co-operative businesses; including eco-festivals and library workshops.
As a final farewell to both Community Shop Fortnight, and Co-operatives Fortnight 2012, co-operatives across the globe will celebrate International Co-operatives Day, on Saturday 7 July. International Co-operatives Day is a day of global co-operative action. A global movement of 1.4 million businesses and 1 billion people are already celebrating the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives. 7 July is a day of shared action in this unique year. Learn more about activities in the UKand across the world. http://www.uk.coop/blog/linzi-nedoszytko/2012-07-06/international-day-co-operatives-7-july