Crickhowell’s tax plan: an example of ‘people power’ raising awareness of injustice and HMRC’s failures

Posted Posted in Economics, Finance, Government, Local economies, People power, Politics, Protest

Crickhowell has an independent high street with very few of the trading names which now dominate look-alike urban and suburban commercial centres. The town made news earlier this year after offering shares to residents at £50 each to buy their Grade II listed Corn Exchange pub from Punch Taverns to avoid it being used as a convenience store by one of […]

Will this town centre community-owned shop regenerate the High Street?

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Economy, Employee ownership, Employment, Food, Local economies, Microfinance, Retail, Social Enterprise, Sustainability, Trade, Transition

A new community-owned bakery in Dunbar, East Lothian, has been hailed as a prototype for other towns looking to revive their high streets. Well over 300 village shops and pubs have now been reopened or saved from closure and owned by members of the local community – as ‘one-off’ ventures – sometimes with help from funders like the Plunkett Foundation […]