Why do local economies matter?

Posted Posted in Banks, Co-operatives, Economy, Finance, Food, Trade

Anna White of Share the World’s Resources explains, referring to the work of Localise West Midland’s co-founder, Colin Hines. Some of the points made  [examples modified for UK readership]  Around the world, there is a growing movement to pull back from the relentless march of corporate globalization by re-rooting economic and social activities at the community level.  In many ways, […]

Setting up locally owned and run pubs and shops

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, Finance, Food, Trade

Co-operative and Community Finance has pledged to provide up to £2m of new loans to help 50 communities set up and run their local pubs.  A new programme – led by the Plunkett Foundation – will provide grants to communities matched with loans from Co-operative & Community Finance and a contribution from the communities themselves. The programme will also provide […]

Buy locally grown fruit and vegetables

Posted Posted in Food, Trade

Earlier in May, though the Co-op store in Evesham and Pershore was stocking asparagus grown in the Vale, local people were concerned to find that their Tesco store only stocked asparagus grown in Peru.  Waitrose in Hall Green also offered nothing but Peruvian asparagus that week. As oil prices rise and air travel is interrupted alternatives are being considered. John […]

Finditinbirmingham.com: re-launching the local economy?

Posted Posted in Economy, Finance, Uncategorized

Three days ago as I entered a rather impressive marquee I was greeted by hundreds of councillors, businessmen and influential individuals, all buzzing about the launch of the cities new procurement website: finditinbirmingham.com. Based upon the massively successful finditinsandwell.com, the website aims to relocalise procurement by showcasing services offered by Birmingham based businesses, encouraging networking and providing ongoing support. In […]

The market is in control, not the politicians

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On the Today programme this morning, Terry Smith, chief executive of the City broker Tullett Prebon, was brought in to explain how the markets would be likely to react to a Labour/Libdem coalition. It is noticeable that the BBC is thoroughly incapable of challenging spokespeople from the City in the way that they would challenge a politician. Smith said “thing they […]

Electoral reform – now! and the stock market as an inverse indicator of progressive activity

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I did wonder if the world (or this corner of it) really needs another commentator on the election right now, but surely it must be worth any progressive organisation adding its voice to the call for electoral reform as this huge opportunity arises.  In answer to the Conservative claim that Labour have lost their right to govern, I’d say so […]

Who's afraid of democracy? – from Avaaz

Posted Posted in Politics

If like me you’re sick of hung parliament scaremongering, you may like the following from Avaaz… Karen With the election contest hotting up, there is now a real chance that no one party will get an overall majority in Parliament. Polling suggests that given the choices, most of the public would prefer this outcome. But scaremongering by the tabloid media […]

Will the local economy movement and the 'climate movement' converge?

Posted Posted in Economy, Trade

One of many organisations promoting locally based alternatives known to LWM is the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) – a non-profit organisation, Seen today on its events site:  Will the local economy movement replace the ‘climate movement’?   Extract:  As one of the clearest voices to emerge since the inception of the climate movement, 350.org brought hard science to the masses and […]