Preston: building a new local economics

Posted Posted in City council, Co-operatives, Economics, Employee ownership, Local economies, Local government, Manufacturing, Mutuals, Outsourcing, Planning, Procurement, Reports, Transition

New Start magazine, which champions urban regeneration that is inclusive, sustainable and socially just, has reported on the work of CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) with Preston City Council. Innovative Quinton councillor John Clancy, who has been to Preston to meet councillors there at a CLES conference, has already tweeted the New Start article. CLES is exploring how anchor […]

Three vital advantages of municipal utilities

Posted Posted in City council, Democracy, Devolution, Energy, Environment, Finance, Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Procurement, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Transition

Bob Massie of America’s New Economics Institute sent news today that voters in Boulder, Colorado, have ended their relationship with Xcel Energy, a utility with $10.7 billion in revenues, clearing the way for the city to form its own municipal utility that would lower rates and make greater use of renewable energy. The city’s ‘multiple pleas’ for more clean wind […]

lessons from Cleveland’s Evergreen Co-operatives – open meeting 26 Feb

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy

From what I’ve heard about the Evergreen Co-ops this will be a really interesting event for anyone interested in practical steps towards a more just and sustainable economy. I’ll certainly be there. Karen The Birmingham Co-operative Party invites you to an open meeting: Re-building local economies: Learning lessons from the Evergreen Co-operatives in Cleveland Ohio One of the worrying trends […]

Energysaving Co-op launch, Weds 21st Sept 7pm

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Just a last minute promotion for the launch of the new Energysaving Co-op. Please let John know if you are planning to attend! Midlands Co-operative Society Member Relations and Localise West Midlands would like to introduce: The UK’s most exciting new Co-op –  The energy saving co-operative The energy saving co-operative provides households and communities with a Fair Green Deal […]

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 […]