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More people in fewer cars, especially in the countryside. Owen Humphreys/PA

Cars cost more in the country: here’s some ways around it

As a parallel to fuel poverty, where the cost of heating and lighting accounts for 10% of a household’s income, the RAC Foundation has suggested a similar idea of transport poverty. And while Britain’s…
Moving from cooperative to corporation could lure foreign investment for grain marketing group CBH, funding its aggressive expansion plans. AAP/Dan Peled

Lost in the maize? The future for Aussie grain cooperatives is bleak

Long a favoured model for Australian farmers operating in a risky and precarious industry, cooperatives seem increasingly anachronistic as greater numbers move toward demutualisation. This is a mistake…
Troubled bank is co-operating with the authorities. Rui Vieira/PA

What went wrong for the Co-op Bank?

Collapsing business deals, massive financial losses, and a “junk” rating have made recent months a nightmare for the Co-op Bank. In March it announced losses of £634m for the 2012 financial year, largely…
The Basque cooperative Mondragon has remained resilient, despite Spain’s deepening economic slump. Flickr\Fagor Automation

The Mondragon model: how a Basque cooperative defied Spain’s economic crisis

Back in the early 1980s, the former Secretary of State for Education in Harold Wilson’s Labour government, Shirley Williams, alerted me to a remarkable instance of regional economic development through…
Fonterra is one of the world’s largest cooperative organisations. But will its changed capital structure still allow it to be a cooperative at heart? Onno B

Fonterra’s new frontier: will it still be a cooperative under its new share-trade scheme?

Yesterday, 10,500 New Zealand farmers voted to allow Fonterra, one of the world’s leading dairy cooperatives, to be exposed to outside investors for the first time. 66.45% of Fonterra members voted for…
Cooperatives are among the largest and oldest businesses in Australia. But the structure is often misunderstood. Flickr

The misunderstood world of the co-operative enterprise

2012 is the United Nation’s International Year of the Co-operative. This is a once in 25 year opportunity to acknowledge these important but often misunderstood businesses. What is a co-operative or mutual…

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