Co-operantics Conversations #7

Conversation #7 is with Bob Cannell of Suma Wholefoods. Suma is the UK’s largest worker co-operative and largest independent ethical wholesaler and distributor. It is the market leader in the wholesale natural grocery market. Founded in 1976, they have been operating from Elland in Yorkshire since 2001. They are also the largest single pay organisation … Continue reading “Co-operantics Conversations #7”

Co-operantics Conversations #5 Sanford Housing Co-op

Co-operantics Conversations #5 is with David Charles of Sanford Housing Co-op – the oldest purpose-built housing co-operative in London. Founded in 1973, it has been transformed from a wasteland into a cosy, green and welcoming environment. Sanford Walk is home to 125 tenants, living in 14 houses and 6 flats. Hi David, Thanks for speaking … Continue reading “Co-operantics Conversations #5 Sanford Housing Co-op”

Co-operantics Conversations #3 Mary Ann Johnson Housing Co-op

Conversation #3 is with Jane Ferrie of Mary Ann Johnson Housing Co-op, or MAJ for short. Formed in 1999 by a group of individuals from North London, most on welfare benefits or low waged, they have bought and converted a house in North London, as well as managing a house in which some members are … Continue reading “Co-operantics Conversations #3 Mary Ann Johnson Housing Co-op”

Co-operantics Conversations #2 The Phone Co-op

Phone Co-op CEO Vivian Woodell said “Good co-op governance means getting culture, people, structure and process right” and other experienced co-operators have talked about the importance of ‘co-op culture’. But what is it? How do you build it and nurture it? We think there is much co-operatives can learn from each other, both in the … Continue reading “Co-operantics Conversations #2 The Phone Co-op”

It’s Co-ops Fortnight!

Co-ops Fortnight 21st June – 4th July – is the perfect time to come together and promote the vibrancy and strength of our sector. Co-operantics will celebrate Co-ops Fortnight with a series of ‘Co-operantics Conversations‘ where we will ask co-operators how they build and nurture a strong co-operative culture. As a result of criticism levelled … Continue reading “It’s Co-ops Fortnight!”

Appraisals and reviews service

As your co-op develops there will be a growing need for skills assessment and analysis of where skills gaps might exist across the whole business. You may also want to think about quality controls, standards, targets or best practice, to ensure that all employee members are offering the best customer service, meeting agreed targets and … Continue reading “Appraisals and reviews service”

A new service from Co-operantics: Appraisals and Personal Reviews

Co-operantics offers a unique new service in support of co-operative performance assessment As your co-op develops there will be a growing need for skills assessment and analysis of where skills gaps might exist across the whole business. You may also want to think about quality controls, standards, targets or best practice, to ensure that all … Continue reading “A new service from Co-operantics: Appraisals and Personal Reviews”

Reviews and appraisals

Available as PDF Appraisals and personal reviews in worker co-operatives The issue of how to carry out appraisals and personal reviews comes up as a common theme among worker co-ops.  Reviews can help us to: ensure that our worker-members are adequately skilled, suitably trained and capable to perform their duties identify issues that are making … Continue reading “Reviews and appraisals”

Counting the cost of workplace conflict

Conflict in itself in a co-operative is not to be feared and cannot be avoided – indeed it is evidence of a wide range of skill and knowledge, of different cultures and different levels of education and life experience. It can help build that all-important co-operative ‘culture’, it can develop good workplace relationships and it … Continue reading “Counting the cost of workplace conflict”