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Sector comes together for Co-operatives Fortnight
Media Co-op, Glasgow
19 June to 3 July
New Cut Housing Co-operative, Lambeth, South London Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative, Manchester
DULAS Renewable Energy, Powys
Wave Design Co-operative, Hastings
Hundreds of co-ops are set to celebrate the first-ever Co-operatives Fortnight
Suma Wholefoods - a workers’ cooperative since 1977
in vegetarian, fairly traded, organic, ethical and natural products.
Excitement is now really building for Co-operatives Fortnight — 19 June to 3 July 2010 — celebrating that ‘There is an alternative . . .’
Co-operatives up and down the country are getting involved. All different types — from high street shops to credit unions and housing co-operatives — are set to proclaim their confidence and pride in co-operation and the cooperative alternative. With a turnover of some £29 billion and eleven million members, co-operatives are the largest membership movement in the country, and now want their voice for a more ethical economy heard. Co-operatives UK is already highlighting the co-operative alternative across many sectors of society — from pubs to football, healthcare to agriculture, credit unions to community owned shops. “Co-operatives Fortnight is a celebration of an alternative economy and a chance for everyone to buy co-operatively, bank co-operatively, invest co-operatively and work co-operatively. Co-operatives Fortnight is going to do for cooperation what Fairtrade Fortnight has done for third world coffee, bananas and chocolate.” The Co-operatives Fortnight team is motoring ahead with preparations for the two-week initiative, with the new Cooperatives Fortnight film — There is an alternative . . . produced and on its way, and new additions to the website (www.thereisanalternative. coop) including co-operative case studies and an image bank. And co-operatives in need of extra resources to help with their events,
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Ed Mayo can order additional tools on the website, including posters, toolkits and leaflets. Co-operatives can also see what others are doing for the Fortnight and tell everyone what they are doing on the map and calendar on the website, and people can join in by becoming a fan of the Facebook page (s.coop/c14facebook). By joining in and doing something during Co-operatives Fortnight, cooperatives will not only be able to promote co-operation as a better alternative, but will also be able to raise the profile of their own organisation. “Be part of Co-operatives Fortnight,” says Ed. “It’s going to be powerful. And the more people that take part, the bigger impact we’ll have.”
Welcome to this special Co-operative News insert providing all you need to know about Co-operatives Fortnight.
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Your guide to Co-operative the Fortnight Awards pages 4—8 pages 10–11
Co-operative News would like to thank all the advertisers who made this supplement possible and Co-operatives UK for supplying the editorial material. Thanks also go to the following founding sponsors of Co-operatives Fortnight: Co-operative Group; Midcounties Co-operative; The Southern Co-operative; Anglia Co-operative; Lincolnshire Co-operative; Chelmsford Star Co-operative; Channel Islands Co-operative and The Midlands Co-operative.
The Co-operative Party wishes the co-operative movement a successful Co-operatives Fortnight.
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Going LIVE! Log on and join us on 28 June 2010 at 6.15pm for the launch of The Co-operative’s first online, interactive TV programme The Co-operative LIVE. Filmed at Toad Lane in Rochdale, the show will be packed full of interviews, features and special guests. During the show you’ll be able to submit questions to a guest panel by text message. Watch via www.co-operative.coop/membership
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Here’s what’s happening around the country
Co-operatives are coming together during the ortnight with hundreds of events around the UK to show ‘There is an Alternative . . .’
As part of the Fortnight, Co-operatives UK will coordinate some major activities, and produce a series of national reports, announcements and thought pieces to outline key trends across the co-operative sector, while co-operatives across the UK will be holding events. The national reports will focus on co-operatives and fairness, co-operation and business and co-operation and neighbourliness. In addition, Co-operatives UK will launch the ‘Co-operative Economy 2010’, to promote the size, scale and reach of the co-operative economy and will work with
partners to produce short reports on co-operation in football, finance and food. The Fortnight includes International Co-operatives Day on 3 July and the UK’s biggest and most influential gathering of cooperatives — Co-operatives 2010 (25-27 June) www.congress.coop — in Plymouth, celebrating the 150th anniversary of co-operation in the city. And across the UK, co-operatives are gearing up for the two-week initiative . . . • To celebrate the start of Co-operatives Fortnight on Saturday 19 June, The Co-operative Membership, South East, is hosting 52 Ways to Change the World (Co-operatively), a fiesta of all things co-operative. This all-day family friendly event, taking place at Westminster Central Hall, right in the heart of London, will include a Co-operative Marketplace as well as speakers, workshops, tastings and demonstrations throughout the day. The marketplace will aim to showcase the huge range of cooperative and mutual organisations
A co-operative family fun day will be held at Westminster Central Hall on 19 June which offer an alternative way of doing things in the UK and around the world. From education and energy to football and food, visitors will be able to find 52 ways (or more) that they can make a cooperative difference. • Co-operation and Mutuality Scotland is holding an event in the Scottish Parliament for the Cross Party Group on Co-operatives and other MSPs. The event, which will take place on 23 June, will showcase the benefits of cooperatives and give MSPs the opportunity to meet co-operative
Co-operatives 2010 will be one of the high points of the first-ever Co-operatives Fortnight. The UK’s biggest and most influential gathering of co-operatives, will be held in Plymouth between 25 and 27 June and will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of co-operation in the city. Three keynote speakers, Will Hutton, Phillip Blond and Richard Wilkinson, will provide different perspectives on the co-operative alternative. These will be complemented by exhibitions, networking opportunities and thought-provoking workshops on topics including fairness, finance, education, public services and climate change. With a packed agenda of plenaries, workshops and debates designed to appeal to both delegates from co-operatives of all types and sizes and those with an interest in co-operatives and co-operation, there will be plenty to interest. Co-operatives UK Secretary General Ed Mayo said: “We know that co-operatives offer a better alternative, a better way both
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economically and socially of doing business, and this is now being recognised across many sectors of society — from pubs to football clubs, healthcare to agriculture, credit unions to community owned shops.” Co-operatives around the world play a major role in helping people out of poverty and providing opportunities and employment for many millions; closer to home, co-operative schools are being rolled out across the country at a tremendous pace. Co-operatives 2010 will examine the latest developments in both of these areas and welcome delegates from co-operative schools to the second Co-operative Schools Conference held as part of Co-operatives 2010. This year Co-operatives 2010 will include the Co-operative Awards and the Co-operative Debate, which gives delegates the chance to shape the co-operative agenda of the future. And Co-operatives Fortnight will be a key feature of the 2010 conference, with a Big Brother style Diary Room at Stand Six for delegates to visit to say what their co-operative is doing!
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businesses from across the UK. • HF Holidays — a co-operative holiday business — is offering free tea and cakes in seven country houses across the UK on 27 June. It’s a great opportunity for local co-operatives, small business and residents to see a brilliant cooperative in beautiful settings. • In the East of England, Cooperatives East is combining its AGM on 30 June with “Brag and Brandish” — an event to bring cooperatives from across the region to a networking and trade fair, to “put up a stall, make a splash!” In the South East, Westmill Windfarm Co-operative is holding an open day, while Co-operatives South East is helping by offering up
to 50 co-operatives £100 to help them hold an event. Co-operatives South West is holding various events and has had t-shirts printed for members to wear when taking part in the Great West Run on behalf of Exeter City Supporters’ Trust. Co-ops offer a better alternative, a better way both economically and socially of doing business, and Co-operatives UK,the national trade body that campaigns for cooperation, is urging co-operatives across the country to get involved in the two-week initiative to help showcase what makes them and co-operation different. Here is a round-up of events arranged around the country:
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Westmill Windfarm is holding an open day on 19 June to show how green energy and co-ops work
Westmill Windfarm Co-operative open day, South Oxfordshire. See: www.westmill.coop.
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Event by Midcounties Co-operative in Bilston. A celebration of all things co-operative with Midcounties and other co-operatives exhibiting. Contact Josie Mottershead, Membership Development Co-ordinator at Midcounties Co-operative, on 01865 256238, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit: www.midcounties.coop. 52 Ways to Change the World (Co-operatively) London. Organised by the Co-operative Group. An all-day family friendly event at Central Hall that includes a Co-operative Marketplace, speakers, workshops, tastings and demonstrations. Contact Alex Baker, Co-operative & Membership Officer, on: 01322 312305, email: email@example.com. Visit: www.co-operative.coop. Market stalls at Wellington Market in Shropshire to raise the profile and promote local co-operatives. Organised by Co-operatives West Midlands. Contact: Paul Kalinauckas by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-op Day, Northampton. Daily Bread Co-operative is celebrating its 30th year of trading and they are sponsoring a Co-op Day. Contact John Clarke by email: email@example.com or telephone: 01604 621531. Also visit: www.cooperative-northants.co.uk. Church Stretton Summer Fest, Church, Stretton. Midcounties Co-operative is helping to fund this local event. Come along and enjoy this all-day festival in it’s second year. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0800 435 902. Co-operation in 21st Century Scotland. The theme will be Looking Back, Going Forward, Co-operatives in the 21st Century. Celebrations will start with a gathering of cooperators at New Lanark World Heritage site. Organised by the Co-operative Group. Contact Carol Donaldson on: 01698 881742.
Kidlington Eco Fair, Oxford. Plenty of fun and interactive exhibits at this family event including an Energy Bike. Featuring local businesses, action groups and local schools. Organised by Midcounties Co-operative. Email: member. email@example.com or telephone: 0800 435 902. Screening of the Co-op film ‘There is an alternative . . .’ at Eighth Day Café, Manchester. There will also be an open evening and the launch of the co-op member training programme. Contact Janet Butler by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0161 273 4878. The Burma Play, Southampton. A ‘Comedy of Terror’ organised by the Co-operative Group. Contact Fay Bowden by email: email@example.com or telephone: 01202 606671. Also visit: www.theburmaplay.com. Walsall Art Gallery. John Boot, President of Micounties Co-operative, is abseiling down the Walsall Art Gallery building for his own personal launch of Co-operatives Fortnight and to raise funds for a hospice in Walsall. To sponsor visit: www.justgiving.com/John-Boot0 National conference — Capitalism is the Crisis, London. In the aftermath of the general election, debate the way forward in the struggle against the real enemy; capitalism! Contact Tony Briscoe by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 020 8510 0815. Workshops leading into the first ever Manchester Day community parade. ArcSpace Manchester with local residents, artists, creatives, technologists and sambistas are working together on a creative eco-techno ‘block’ to take part in the first Manchester Day parade. Contact Vicky Sinclair by email: email@example.com or telephone: 07872939216. Co-operation Tent, Aberdeen. A showcase of a family of businesses under one roof, at Aberdeen Highland Games. Organised by the Co-operative Group. Contact Carol Donaldson on: 01698 881742.
More events: www.thereisanalternative.coop
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Altham Oak and Carpentry will be welcoming visitors to its framing yard where they can see the current projects in the process of development. Until July 2nd. To visit contact Barbara Sanders by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01282 771618. Also visit: www.oak-beams.co.uk. Dedication of Greenwood Room in Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Co-operative Alliance, will rename the Committee Room as the Greenwood Room, in honour of the memory of the 19th century co-operative leader Joseph Greenwood. Contact Andrew Bibby by email: email@example.com. Also visit: www. hebdenbridgetownhall.org.uk. Love Food/Hate Waste, Stroud. Come and find out how to slim your bin and do more to reduce, re-use and recycle. Organised by Midcounties Co-operative. Email: member. firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0800 435 902. There is an alternative . . . “Co-op Fortnight” at Eighth Day Café, Manchester. Films and talks about the alternative of co-operation at the at the Eighth Day Café. Until July 3rd. Contact Janet Butler by email: email@example.com or telephone: 0161 273 4878. Also visit: www.eighth-day.co.uk. Principle Six Networking Event, Bridgend (Wales). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 029 2055 4955. Also visit: www.cooperatives-wales.coop
HF Holidays is hosting open days at seven of its country houses on 27 June, including Thorns Hall in Cumbria
Annual General Meeting Benenden (Yorkshire and the Humber). Long standing mutual healthcare provider, Benenden Healthcare Society holds its Annual General Meeting. Visit: www.benenden.org.uk for details. Whole Education EXPO launch, Manchester. A ‘one stop shop’ for school and college leaders, organised by the Co-operative Group. Email: charlotte@ wholeeducation.org or telephone: 0207 451 6837. For full details visit: wholeeducationmanchester.eventbrite.com.
Ethical Business CPD Day, Scotland. The Co-operative College will be running a CPD day for teachers on its Everybody’s Business schools resource, an exciting animated web-based programme which introduces students to ethical business. Contact Natalie Bradbury by emaill: email@example.com or telephone: 0161.246.2958. Also visit: www.cets.coop. Meeting with the MSPs, Edinburgh. Showcase the benefits of co-operatives and give MSPs the opportunity to meet UK’s co-operative businesses. For details visit: www.scotland.coop. Building Co-operative Awareness, Ipswich. To show the wider public what co-operatives are all about and demonstrate them in action. Contact Pam Walker, Education Development Officer at East of England Co-op, on 01473 280316 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Launch of the Co-operative enterprise Hub Advice and Training Programme in Reading. Networking opportunity. Contact Kathy O’Keeffe by email: info@co-operatives-se. coop, or telephone: 01452 840647. Co-operatives South East AGM, Reading. Co-operatives South East is holding its Annual General Meeting. Contact Kathy O’Keeffe by email: info@co-operatives-se. coop, or telephone: 01452 840647.
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Cooking Demonstrations, Larkhall. Cooking demonstrations with masterchef finalist, Fi Bird and helpful tips on how to cut down on food waste by the Co-operative Group. Contact Carol Donaldson on: 01698 881742.
Charity Partner event at the Midcounties Co-operative food store, Wotton under Edge. Find out more about what makes the co-operative difference and support our charity partner Help the Hospices by entering our prize draw. Email: member. email@example.com, telephone: 0800 435 902. Co-operatives 2010 Plymouth. The annual conference for co-operatives in the UK. Visit: www.congress.uk.coop.
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South West England launch of Fair and Square accredited training programme on being an ethical consumer. Organised in partnership with the Co-operative College, participants will learn how to make more informed individual decisions — and how to influence co-operative decision makers. They will gain a deeper understanding of the individual and social aspects of food shopping. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0161 246 2958.
Making a world of difference, Sunderland. A participatory conference for Co-operative Trust and Specialist Schools. For further details email: membership.central&eastern@ co-operative.coop. Building Co-operative Awareness, Colchester. To show the wider public what co-operatives are all about and demonstrate them in action. Contact Pam Walker, Education Development Officer at East of England Co-op, on 01473 280316 or email: email@example.com.
Woolfest, Cockermouth. A celebration of natural fibres by the Wool Clip Co-op. Contact Therese Southgate or Marion Woolcott by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, telephone: 01697 478707.
Co-operative Schools Event, Manchester. The Co-operatives 2010 schools event will train and motivate both staff members and students to help expand the membership of the stakeholder groups in their trusts. Organised by the Co-operative College. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 0161 246 2966.
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Open day with free afternoon tea, nationwide. HF Holidays will be hosting an open day at seven of its Country Houses inviting their members, local community and other local co-operatives to join them for free tea, coffee and cake. Locations: Harrington House, Nether Grange, Nythfa House, Freshwater Bay House, Thorns Hall, Monk Coniston and Derwent Bank. For details email: email@example.com, or telephone: 01451 821213. Also visit: www.hfholidays.co.uk. Café Politique discussion/debate/seminar, Manchester. How far can new models of co-operation offer an alternative to the way the economy works now? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 0191 233 9051. Also visit: s.coop/lm. Building Co-operative Awareness, Norwich. To show the wider public what co-operatives are all about and demonstrate them in action. Contact Pam Walker, Education Development Officer at East of England Co-op, on 01473 280316 or email: email@example.com. Local Cake Tasting, Thame. Come and taste some locally sourced cakes. Organised by Midcounties Co-operative. Email: member.communications@ midcounties.coop, telephone: 0800 435 902. Screening of Revolution OS and other co-operative films, Manchester. Some great films will be shown about co-operatives, open source software and the collaborative movement, followed by discussion and drinks. Organised by Manchester Film Co-operative. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.manchesterfilm.coop.
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General Meeting and Networking Opportunity, Ipswich. Theme: Brag and Brandish. Put up a stall, make a splash!. Contact Austen Cordasco from Co-operatives East by email: email@example.com or phone: 07795 430599. Long Service Award Ceremony, Peterborough. Long serving staff for their loyalty to the Anglia Regional Co-operative. Contact Marie D’Albret by email: marie. firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 01733 225683. Also visit: www.arcs.co.uk. Co-operative and Community Finance AGM, Bristol. Members, supporters and anyone interested in learning more about the organisation’s services are welcome to attend. Contact Ian Rothwell by email: info@co-opandcommunityfinance. coop, telephone: 0117 916 6750. Get to Know your Society, Evesham (West Midlands). Come along to find out more about Midcounties Coop and what makes co-operatives different. Tasting of Fairtrade wine and cheese. Email: member.communications@midcounties. coop, telephone: 0800 435 902. Wine and cheese tasting evening, High Wycombe. Come along to the wine and cheese tasting event showcasing local and organic cheese suppliers. Organised by Midcounties Co-operative. Email: member.communications@midcounties. coop, telephone: 0800 435 902.
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The Midcounties Co-operative is one of the founder members of Co-operatives Fortnight. To launch and close the fortnight we’ll be putting on two main events inviting other co-operatives and local organizations to celebrate the co-operative difference with us. Come along yourself and be inspired! We hope you'll join us in celebrating the importance of co-operation. 19th June 2010 Launch event Venue: Springvale Sports & Social Club, Millﬁelds Road, Bilston WV14 0QR Time: 10am - 3pm Come along to the launch of Co-operatives Fortnight at Springvale Sports and Social Club hosted by The Midcounties Co-operative. There will be an array of different co-operatives there on the day to showcase their specialities as well as a number of companies afﬁliated with The Midcounties Co-operative. 3rd July 2010 Closing event Venue: Bathurst Park, Lydney, Forest of Dean GL15 5HG Time: 10am - 3pm As well as celebrating Co-operatives Fortnight, we will also be celebrating 150 years of trading in Gloucestershire, International Co-operators Day and the Lydney Festival. Come and enjoy local music and play co-operative games.
To ﬁnd out what other events we'll be holding in your area and to register your interest in any of our events please visit our website: www.midcounties.coop or email: email@example.com or call: 0800 435902
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Yorkshire and Humber open day for invited members of Calderdale Business Network. Organised By Suma. Contact Alex Stappard by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 01422 313 840. Also visit: www.suma.coop. Ethical Enterprise Challenge celebration event, West Midlands. A celebration event for the Cooperative College’s Ethical Enterprise Challenge, which challenges schools to promote Fairtrade within their school or local community through an ethical business venture. Organised by the Cooperative College. Email: email@example.com, telephone: 0161 246 2966.
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Anglia Co-operative Heritage Festival Weekend, Peterborough. Two day Heritage Festival organised by Anglia Regional Co-operative. Contact Marie D’Albret by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone: 01733 225683. There is an alternative . . . in Bathurst Park, Lydney: games, music, competitions, etc. Organised by Midcounties Co-operative. Contact Josie Mottershead, Membership Development Coordinator at the Midcounties Co-operative, on 01865 256238, email: email@example.com. Also visit: www.midcounties.coop. International Co-operator’s Day 2010, Machynlleth . An opportunity to highlight the importance of co-operative values and principles. For further details email: membership. firstname.lastname@example.org. Celebrating International Co-operation, There is an alternative . . . Milton Keynes. Organised by the Co-operative Group. Speakers, international entertainment, activities and regional co-operative stalls. Contact Lisa McIndoe, Co-operative and Membership Officer, on 0115 989 6361, email: email@example.com.
Co-operating on-screen, Glasgow. A free event to celebrate International Co-operatives Day and Co-operatives Fortnight. Organised by Media Co-op. Contact Lucinda Broadbent by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 0141 551 9813. Business Lunch, Peterborough. The Co-operative networking event is designed to inform and engage about the business opportunities presented by the ‘Co-operative Difference’. Organised by Anglia Regional Co-operative. Telephone: 01733 225683. Permission to Rock, Ipswich. The best of local young bands. Organised by East of England Co-operative. Email: education@ eastofengland.coop, telephone: 01473 280316.
Co-operatives Fortnight closing event, Forest of Dean. In co-operation with Lydney Festival and celebrating both International Co-operatives Day and 150 years of trading in Gloucestershire, this event will be showcasing co-operatives as well as entertaining with local music. Organised by Midcounties Co-operative. Telephone: 0800 435 902. Visit local supplier — Oxford Bread Group Headington. Come along to a tour around the Sandy Lane farm where the flour originates from. The farmer will give a talk and there will be bread tastings. Organised by Midcounties Co-operative. Telephone: 0800 435 902. Also visit: www.sandylanefarm.net.
A celebration of co-operation, Southampton. Come along to a celebration evening to meet those working in a diverse range of businesses. Organised by the Co-operative Group. Contact Fay Bowden on 01202 606671. Also visit: s.coop/ln.
More events: www.thereisanalternative.coop
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Wishing everyone a successful Co-operatives Fortnight and Co-operatives 2010
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Co-operative Awards 2010
Co-operatives UK is set to recognise the diversity, innovation and work of co-ops at the Co-operative Awards. The co-ops here are on the shortlist to receive an award — only six will be acknowledged at a special ceremony on 26 June, part of Co-operatives 2010, Plymouth.
A2Z Probate Researchers
A2Z Probate Researchers are based in the South of England, specialising in probate research and genealogy. Probate research deals with finding heirs and proving their right to inheritances. www.a2zprobateresearch.co.uk
Co-operative Futures is a dynamic co-operative policy and development agency supporting the development of social enterprises. www.co-operativefutures.coop
Founded in 1971, Delta-T specialises in instruments for environmental science, in particular: agronomy, plant physiology, meteorology, soil moisture, solar energy studies and environmental monitoring. www.delta-t.co.uk
Dulas Ltd are a world renowned renewable energy company offering professional services for clients wishing to implement renewable energy. www.dulas.org.uk
Growing Well is a Soil Association certified social enterprise based at Low Sizergh Farm growing and selling superb organic vegetables. www.growingwell.co.uk
Highland Home Carers
Highland Home Carers aims to provide a flexible, quality home care and support service, enabling individuals to remain in their own home. With assistance many people can maintain their independence. www.highland-home-carers.co.uk
Based in Leicester, Just Fairtrade offers customers the largest range of fair trade products in the Midlands. www.justfairtrade.com
Baywind Energy Co-operative Ltd was formed in 1996 on the lines of co-operative models pioneered in Scandinavia. Baywind’s promotes the generation of renewable energy and energy conservation. www.baywind.co.uk
Midcounties Co-operative is the second largest independent co-operative in the UK, with 7,800 colleagues spread across around 450 sites working in a number of diverse businesses. www.midcounties.coop
BrightKidz operates as a business and continues to provide information and support to parents who want to promote walking to school. www.brightkidz.co.uk
Busy Bee Toy Shop
Moorcar is a car share co-operative and has seven cars across five towns on the southern edge of Dartmoor with additional vehicles added in further towns as interest continues to grow. www.moorcar.co.uk
Britain’s only toy shop co-operative. A member owned toy and craft shop in the heart of Chorlton, South Manchester. There are three parts to Busy Bee — toys, arts & crafts and community. www.busybeetoyshop.co.uk
On The eighth Day
A long established vegetarian healthfood shop and café based in central Manchester. www.eighth-day.co.uk
A retailer with an annual turnover approaching £70million. It trades in Braintree, Chelmsford, Ingatestone, Danbury, Writtle, Hockley, Canvey Island, South Benfleet, Tilbury and Shoeburyness. www.chelmsfordstar.co.uk
Shared Interest Society is a co-operative lending society that aims to reduce poverty in the world by providing fair and just financial services. www.shared-interest.com
The Southern Co-operative co-operating with our communities
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Substance is an experienced social research company working in the youth, sport and positive activities sector. www.substance.coop
WEA wishes success to the ﬁrst
The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), the UK’s largest voluntary provider of adult learning, spanning communities and workplaces, wishes every success to Co-operatives Fortnight. The WEA was founded with help from the Co-operative Movement in 1903, and still shares many of the Movement’s values. Co-operatives Fortnight will launch a national partnership agreement between the WEA, the Co-operative College and the wider Co-operative Movement to work together on
The Handmade Bakery
The Handmade Bakery is an innovative community supported artisan bakery in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. www.thehandmadebakery.coop
The Phone Co-op
The Phone Co-op started in 1998, as a way for non-profit organisations to bulk-buy their telecommunications. It is now a successful provider of diverse telecommunications services. www.thephone.coop
International development Research Campaigning Exploring our joint heritage Membership development Supporting the Co-operative College on developing Co-operative Trust schools
Unlimited Potential is a social enterprise which aims to help people fulfil all of their rich potential through leading healthier, happier lives. www.unlimitedpotential.org.uk
whomadeyourpants? is about two things.It’s about pants, gorgeous, not guilty, ethical pants. And it’s about women. www.whomadeyourpants.co.uk
Winyates is one of five self managed co-operatives supported by Redditch Co-operative Homes, which provides affordable housing to people in need by giving them the power to control and manage their future. www.rch.coop
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All welcome to our day of celebrating Midlands Co-operative Society!
Find out about our range of businesses - Food and Non-Food, Travel, Funeral & Floral Services, Transport and Property. Find out about our work with and for our members support for Midlands charities and good causes
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WEA, 3rd Floor, 70 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4HB
(registered charity 1112775 and a company registered in England and Wales, number 2806910)
Come and celebrate with Midlands Co-operative Society Find out about our community partnerships and
There will be an exhibition area with stands and demonstations, competitions and tastings , raffles and prizes.
Saturday 3rd July 2010 11am-3:30pm
Tastings Competitions Raffles Demonstrations
wishes everyone a happy and successful Co-operatives Fortnight. For full coverage of the Fortnight see the News and visit: www.thenews.coop.
PLUS a programme of presentations on co-operatives, community retailing, environmental projects and membership.
FREE ADMISSION TO ALL SECTIONS
Make the most of your visit to Birmingham... See historic Aston Hall and gardens just across the road. Holte Suite, Aston football stadium. Or take a mini-tour of itsVilla FC Trinity Road, Birmingham, B6 Transport to this event in Birmingham is being arranged from various points across the Society trading area, for a nominal charge. Contact Member Relations to book. Please see below
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an auxiliary of the Co-operative Movement Still moving forward – Come and join in Contact: Colette Harber, General Secretary/ Membership Officer. Tel: 01903 814586. Email: email@example.com supported by Co-operative Societies nationwide
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Western Region: Birmingham.firstname.lastname@example.org Tel:0121 233 1545 Northern Region: Derby.email@example.com Tel:01332 293653 Eastern & Southern Regions: Leicester.firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0116 274 5183
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