When most people think of the Co-op, they think of a
corner shop or possibly the Co-operative Bank with its emphasis on ethical
trading. But the Co-op is part of a
world-wide movement committed to the principles of self help, social
responsibility and member democracy. Recent
years have seen the decline in the retail movement in Barnet.
There were many more shops than there are now.
That trend is likely to be reversed but not substantially. At present,
the main co-operative activities in the Borough are:
Two Co-operative Group food super-
markets, two funeral homes and one shoe
There are three Credit Unions of which two
are Community based and one which is
There are two Housing Co-ops: - the Tally
Ho Housing Co-op and Co-operative Home
The largest of these in Barnet is the John Owned Co-operatives
Lewis Partnership with its Waitrose Food supermarkets
subsidiary. It is likely that
there are other
Worker or Employee Owned Co-ops in the
Borough but there is no data available on
New Co-operative opportunities.
The purpose of this paper is to look beyond the retail sector and to examine other areas where new co-operative initiatives could be beneficial. They are:
Urban Regeneration and
appointment of a co-operative
Barnet co-operative development agency.
community-based credit unions
credit union for the council leaseholders
community re- investment trust
local exchange trading systems (LETS)
and other community finance initiatives.
tenant management co-operatives, fully
mutual housing co-ops ,right-to-manage
companies and commonhold associations.
domiciliary and residential care, mothers
and babies creches, breakfast clubs and
Internet and Communication
Poptel and Phone Co-op.
Externalisation of Public
co-ops to be given priority
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