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Hundreds of farmers gather for machinery auction

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One of the most important events in the Cotswolds agricultural calendar attracted hundreds of farmers to an abandoned airfield this week.

The 850 lot collective machinery auction at Southrop Airfield, between Lechlade and Fairford, is a chance for farmers to buy and sell implements, tools and requisites – anything from a wheel barrow to a flat bed lorry. Read the rest of this entry »


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June 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Event hears from company that shares its profits with customers

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The CEO of a company that refunds its customers if it makes too much money addressed around 100 like-minded business owners in Birmingham last week.

Ben Reid, chief executive of The Midcounties Co-operative, was the keynote speaker at a networking lunch thrown by Co-operatives West Midlands at the Council House. Read the rest of this entry »

Royal Agricultural College alumni join Moore Allen & Innocent

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Two graduates of the world famous Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester have joined the team at land and property agents Moore Allen & Innocent.

Andrew Stibbard comes to the firm from Jones Lang LaSalle in London, where he managed portfolios for big names including Deutsche Bank and Scottish Widows.

As Moore Allen & Innocent’s new commercial surveyor, Andrew will be overseeing the sale and letting of shops, offices, industrial properties and development land along with provision of management and other professional commercial services in and around Cirencester. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Co-operative enterprises raise a glass to sustainable food production

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Co-operative enterprises raised a glass to sustainable food production at a seminar in Birmingham.

Cider pressed at a co-operatively-run orchard in Worcester was the toast of the seminar, where ethical coffee production was also celebrated.

And the seminar heard how shoppers at Co-operative supermarkets could find more local produce on their shelves in the future. Read the rest of this entry »

Ethical businesses provide food for thought

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Ethical businesses will be providing food for thought at a seminar in Birmingham next month.

Members of three co-operatives involved in the production and selling of food and drink will be talking on the topic of food sourcing. Read the rest of this entry »

Could Your Community Share?, seminar delegates asked

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Village shop or pub at risk of closure? Want to establish an organic food or renewable energy business? Community shares could hold the answer to your finance issue.

At a seminar about community shares in Gloucester last week, experts explained how co-operatives and social enterprises were selling community shares to raise the start-up capital needed to get projects off the ground.

The Co-operative Futures seminar, called Could Your Community Share?, heard from three businesspeople who had run successful community share issues.

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Learn about community shares from record-breaking solar farm

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Westmill Solar Farm. Image courtesy of Adrian Arbib

The chance to learn from a director of the company behind the UK’s most successful community share issue is being offered to businesses and community enterprises.

Last month, Westmill Solar Co-op Ltd, on the Wiltshire / Oxfordshire border, reached its £4 million community share issue target in a record-breaking six weeks.

The share issue gave members of the public the chance to invest between £250 and £20,000 in the 21,000 panel solar farm, and 60 percent of the share applications came from people living within 25 miles of the site.

Share holders became members of the co-operative, giving them an equal say in the way the company is run, and making them eligible to join the board of directors.

Now Mark Luntley, a director at Westmill Solar Co-op Ltd and chairman of the community-owned wind farm on the same site, has been confirmed as guest speaker at the Co-operative Futures seminar at City Works in Gloucester on Wednesday, September 5. Read the rest of this entry »

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