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How to ‘insure’ Christmas is a season for you and your family to be jolly

The Co-operative - Lastest News - Wed, 14/12/2016 - 09:00

Co-op Insurance is urging people to be extra vigilant, as poor home security and cars laden with gifts can be easy pickings for opportunistic thieves this Christmas.

Baby boomers bucket list sees the ‘Planet Earth’ effect

The Co-operative - Lastest News - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 00:01

As some 6.4million over 50’s admit to having a bucket list, data released by Co-op Funeralcare reveals that TV hit ‘Planet Earth’ is having a major influence on our later life goals.

Lonely Life Stages: New study reveals triggers for loneliness epidemic in the UK

The Co-operative - Lastest News - Thu, 08/12/2016 - 15:00

A new in depth study from the Co-op and British Red Cross reveals that over 9 million people, across all adult ages in the UK – more than the population of London – are either always or often lonely

Co-op donating £10 to British Red Cross for every new home or motor insurance policy bought

The Co-operative - Lastest News - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 09:00

The Co-op insurance has launched a new initiative that will see £10 from every new home or car insurance policy* taken out by new customers, go to support the British Red Cross help tackle loneliness and social isolation across the UK.

Co-op serves notice to end travel joint venture with Thomas Cook

The Co-operative - Lastest News - Tue, 06/12/2016 - 09:00

The Co-op has served notice to exit the joint venture that was set up with Thomas Cook Group in 2011

Danger Day: 5th December is the riskiest day of the year to drive

The Co-operative - Lastest News - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 11:00

‘Dis-Astra’ - Vauxhall Astra drivers  have more collisions on this day than any other type of cars Men have made more claims than women on this day Average age of claiming driver is 51 The Midlands is the most dangerous region to drive Motorists are being urged to take care this coming Monday (5 December) as it is officially the most dangerous day of the year to be on the roads*. After analysin...

Co-op Insurance reveals the top home buying influencers

The Co-operative - Lastest News - Fri, 25/11/2016 - 09:00

With the home buying season just around the corner, new research from Co-op Insurance reveals the fixation on ‘location, location, location’ no longer holds true, with six out of ten (65%) Brits citing the number of bedrooms a property has, as the real deal breaker. Price was the primary factor to influence buying decisions for seven out of ten Brits (70%), whilst the area is only third on the...

Black Friday motor incidents increased by almost 10% last year

The Co-operative - Lastest News - Thu, 24/11/2016 - 09:00

Co-op Insurance is urging motorists to be alert this Black Friday after claims data has revealed that motor incidents increased by nearly a tenth (8.5%) on the big day, last year.

Research finds recycleable packaging ends up in landfill

The Co-operative - Lastest News - Tue, 22/11/2016 - 15:35

Two thirds of all plastic packaging used for consumer products in the UK is being sent to landfill or incineration with only one third being recycled, according to figures from the Co-op

Co-op Funeralcare to keep 30,000 kids safe in the dark

The Co-operative - Lastest News - Mon, 21/11/2016 - 00:01

“Be Safe, Be Seen” is the message being promoted by Co-op Funeralcare now that the clocks have gone back and Road Safety Week has begun.

Small business to bag big boost from Co-op

The Co-operative - Lastest News - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 13:11

A new small business charter launched today (17 November 2016) by the Co-op vows to double its number of local suppliers. Backing British is a cornerstone of the Co-op’s food strategy and the community retailer has pledged to increase the number of small suppliers it works with to 1,200 by the end of 2017. The five-point charter sets out clear principles to foster closer relationships and suppo...

Welsh honey maker "buzzing" after Co-op contract win

The Co-operative - Lastest News - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 13:56

A Mid Wales-based honey maker is “buzzing” after winning a contract to supply more than 500 Co-op food stores UK-wide. Hilltop Honey was founded in 2011 at the family farm in Newtown after Scott Davies – a former rugby player with Newtown Rugby Club who worked as a coal merchant and a builder – sustained a back injury and needed to reconsider his future. Now producing around 14,000 jars of hone...

Community News: Local football club teams up with Co-op Funeralcare

The Co-operative - Lastest News - Thu, 10/11/2016 - 09:00

The Collier Row Youth Football Club Under 14s football team have received some brand new additions to their kit, courtesy of their new sponsor, Romford Co-op Funeralcare.

Cooperatives May Increase Worker Life Expectancy - Mon, 27/01/2014 - 16:45

The Handmade Bakery, a cooperative business in the UK. Source: UK Coops

Dave Boyle, a UK-based cooperatives expert, wrote in Economia last March on “the strange re-birth of co-operatives in Britain.” 

From the UK to Japan, Malta and Bhutan - Mon, 27/01/2014 - 12:40

Another 39 co-operative organisations have successfully applied to use the new Co-operative Marque.  Almost a third didn’t have .coop domain name and have requested one.  This is fantastic news as we continue to highlight the co-operative advantage on and off-line and work with the world’s global co-operative community in helping them promote their co-operative identity. Here’s the latest group of successful applicants:

A2Z Probate Research Ltd UK
Alberta Community and Co-operative Association Canada
Allgemeine Baugenossenschaft Zürich ABZ Switzerland
Asociación Andaluza de Centros de Enseñanza de Economía Social Spain
Association of British Credit Unions Ltd UK
Bank Transfer Day US
Central Tea Cooperative Federation (CTCF ) Ltd. Nepal Nepal
Common Thread Cooperative Canada
Confecoop Antioquia Colombia
Confecoop Guatemala Guatemala
Confederacion de Cooperativas de Colombia Colombia
Conficoop: Cooperativa Multiactiva La Confianza Colombia
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Credito “Crl. Francisco Bolognesi Ltda.” Peru
Cooperativa de Electricidad y Aguas Corrientes de Gral. Levalle Limitada Argentina
Co-operative Assistance Network Limited UK
Co-operative Bulk Handling Limited (CBH Group) Australia
Cooperative de Aporte Y Credito - COOCRESER Colombia
Coopetivives R.L. Costa Rica
Copacentro Colombia
Credicoop Peru
Cyprus Turkish Co-operative Central Bank Ltd Cyprus
Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives Bhutan
Development Cooperative eTRI Slovenia
Ethecol-The Card Payments Coop UK
Green Campus Co-operative Canada
Greenbelt Co-op Supermarket & Pharmacy US
Instituto Movilizador de Fondos Cooperativos Coop. Ltda. (IMFC) Argentina
National Co-operative Development Board Nepal
National Supervision Union of Spolem Consumer Co-operatives Poland
NNPC Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited Lagos Lagos
Northcote Rental Housing Co-operative Australia
Scottish League of Credit Unions UK
The Calgary News Co-op Canada
Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation US
U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council, Inc. US
Union de Mujeres Trabajando en Cooperativas A.C. Mexico
Vista Coop Malta
Young Cooperators United States
ZENROSAI (National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives) Japan

Member news: Engage Mutual makes GBP 1 million available to its members - Mon, 27/01/2014 - 11:33

UK-based ICMIF member Engage Mutual last week launched its new Engage Foundation (launched, 23 January, 2014) as a demonstration of its commitment to mutuality.

The Yorkshire-based mutual is setting aside at least GBP 1 million over five years for the exclusive benefit of its members and their communities.

The Foundation is part of a wider commitment to ensuring that Engage’s member-owners share in its success as an organization and realize the advantages of belonging to a mutual in a very real and personal way.   Providing superior customer benefits is how the mutual will differentiate its offer and attract new customers to the organization, which currently has around 500,000 members.

Solely available for members, the Foundation has been developed based on their feedback.  Members will play an integral role in its running and they will choose how best to spend the GBP 1m for the benefit of themselves and their communities. All of the mutual’s 500,000 members are eligible to apply to benefit from the Foundation by visiting the Engage Foundation website and completing an application process. The ideas will appear on the Engage Mutual website and be put to a vote.

The Foundation will provide £25,000 each for two community projects and £5,000 each for 15 smaller projects each year, directly benefiting the communities in which members live.

It will also provide a helping hand to its customers with personal grants of up to £500 to help themselves or a family member.  Such a grant might, in cases of hardship, be used to replace a much needed broken washing machine, fix a leaky roof, assist with school uniform costs, or to get someone back on track by helping them learn a new skill, or gain a qualification.

The Foundation is made possible by the financial strength of the mutual.  Money, which is surplus to that required to fulfil its long-term policy obligations to members, is being made available for their use and benefit.

Peter Burrows, Chief Executive at Engage Mutual, said:

“The Engage Foundation is what being part of a mutual should be about – the benefits of belonging.  We know that our products and services add to our customers’ financial security,  but we are going a step further and sharing our success as a mutual with our customers.  The  £1m is for our customers of today, and of tomorrow, and is exclusively for their benefit.”

Engage Mutual has long been committed to making a positive impact on the lives of its customers, but the Engage Foundation is completely new in terms of scale and commitment, providing £1m over five years as a minimum. The Foundation builds on the mutual’s previous funding initiatives that have been incredibly successful in benefiting both members and their communities in general.

Over the last two years, the mutual’s Engage with your community awards helped nine community projects across the UK, and touched thousands of lives.  From financial support for a customer to establish an outdoor classroom space, or helping another create a community garden in a deprived city area; to funding an outing for 57 autistic children and their carers to see a performance of the stage show, The Lion King, customers have benefited from belonging.

Engage Mutual has put its members at the very heart of the Foundation, consulting throughout its development and their feedback has influenced and shaped it. The members of the mutual will continue to be involved in its running and long-term management, ultimately deciding how funds will be spent, while shaping its evolution.

The picture, above/above right, shows Kate McIntyre, Operations director at Engage Mutual and member Heather Booth at one of the launch events for the Foundation.

Shareable's Top 15 How-Tos of All Time - Tue, 21/01/2014 - 16:00

Some of Shareable’s top posts of all time are how to stories. This aligns nicely with the feedback we regularly receive that our community wants more in-person projects, gatherings, and events to deepen sharing in their lives and community. While connecting online is nice, the transformative work happens when people create something new in their community.

Watthan Artisans Cooperative - Tue, 21/01/2014 - 06:13

The members of the Watthan Artisans Cooperative like to say they focus on their abilities, not their disabilities. The treacherous period under the control of the Communist Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot in the late 1970s left the country's economy teetering. Pol Pot's infamous ‘killing fields' were mass graves. The number of Cambodians who died there together with those who succumbed to starvation and disease is estimated at between 1.7 million and 2.5 million. Considering its then population (...)


A co-operative perspective on growth - Mon, 20/01/2014 - 12:49

A co-operative perspective on growth:


One of the keystone documents for the co-operative sector last year is ‘Cooperative Growth in the 21st Century’, which the International Co-operative Alliance commissioned from CICOPA, our sectoral organisation for industrial and service co-operatives. It was presented at the Global Conference in…

IASB Consultation - Mon, 20/01/2014 - 12:42

Comment letter on IASB's Discussion Paper DP/2013/1 “A Review of the Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting":

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