We need a campaigning organisation which links together all the disparate parts of Britain’s coop sector, and therefore we need a strong Co-operatives UK. It’s highly unfortunate (even if it’s not surprising) that Coops UK is now suffering a reduction in funding from its chief supporter the Co-operative Group.
Quite what the implications will be are hard to know at the moment. Co-ops UK’s Board revised its operational budget on Feb 5th, but Co-ops UK went over all coy on me when I asked for details of what this will mean in practice. The line is that cost savings will be found by “working in a smarter, more agile way”… which is what everyone says on occasions like this.
Co-ops UK has also just lost its Chair, Chris Herries (the organisation’s first ever woman Chair in however-long-it-is-since-1869 years). Chris has stepped down after less than a year in post.
Hmm. I’ll admit it, I’m a little worried at what may be ahead at Holyoake House, Co-ops UK’s head office in Manchester. Any reassurance on offer?