In a joint statement, Bob Burlton, chairman of the Co-operative
Group, and Bill Hoult, president of United Co-operatives
, said: "We are delighted that our two boards have given the green light to the merger.
is now regarded by the UK Co-operative
and Fairtrade Movements as their major contribution to the young enterprise agenda which is close to the heart of Government and all the regional development agencies.
Despite these innovations, housing co-operatives
need help to forge a successful mutual future within our housing system for themselves and other resident and community-led organisations.
he breadth of coverage by the author sometimes leads the narrative to break down into a series of short sections listing the histories of notable co-operatives
The announcement also calls into question the government's support for the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives
, which Canada publicly endorsed when the UN resolution was adopted in 2009.
It was launched to coincide with the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives
Housing Minister, Carl Sargeant announced funding totalling Au1,909,150 for three pioneer co-operative
housing pilot schemes in Newport, Cardiff and Carmarthenshire today.
are twice as resilient as other businesses at start-up, with 80% surviving past their first five years.
THE Midcounties Co-operative
has won recognition from its members after being crowned winner of the prestige Co-operative
of the Year Award.
businesses based elsewhere in the UK but trading in Wales, like The Co-operative
Group and the John Lewis Partnership, the largest co-operatives
in Wales are primarily based in agriculture and farming, with Clynderwen and Cardiganshire Farmers the biggest independent co-operative
The Commission concluded that co-operatives
and mutuals offer significant business economic, social and environmental benefits compared with ordinary businesses and the report set out proposals for a comprehensive programme to support the sector's growth.
From pubs to grocers and cafes to childcare the co-operative
model is seeing renewed interest from a public concerned for environment, ethical trading, accountability and sustainability.