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The feeling's mutual, isn't it?

Written in mid-2013 I was compelled to pen this article as I witnessed the Coalition Government’s creation of public-service mutuals going awry, with many of the new mutuals created resembling private sector businesses rather than the employee-owned and run organisations that had been mooted. 458 more words

Welsh social businesses make ‘Top 300’ list

Would you be surprised to know that the latest edition of a list, charting Wales’ top 300 firms, contains a number of companies that are, in some way, social businesses? 588 more words


The cooperative world in 2014

The folk at the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprise who each year labour to produce the World Co-operative Monitor have taken advantage of the Quebec coop summit to launch the 2014 edition there today. 190 more words


The mutual that never was, part II

There’s a mucky little story about what is happening to one of the government’s so-called ‘mutuals’ in today’s Financial Times.

The privatisation of the Civil Service pension administration to a new ‘mutual joint venture’ known as MyCSP was always a controversial affair, as I… 108 more words

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Mutual Appreciation – a rating agency conundrum

It’s easy to speculate that the rating agencies might not give a Mutual (or cooperative) insurer the credit they deserve in the rating process; that an agency may appear more familiar or comfortable with listed shareholder (stock) companies and that a shareholder company capital structure and profit mentality will drive better ratings.  1,350 more words

The representation of co-ops in popular culture

When I lived in Manchester I used to shop at a large wholefood co-op. It was cheap, well stocked with good food, nicely set out and one of the major attractions in the area. 890 more words

Mutuals aren't back door privatisation of the NHS, they are right through the front door

Here we go again. Not saying there shouldn’t be any mutuals, but mutualisation of the NHS is a neoliberal con.

One year before a general election and healthcare professionals are being told again by politicians that they will be able to run things their own way. 435 more words