It was great to see Rose Marley, the new CEO at Co-operatives UK, enthusing about her first week in the role - in the blog below she cites a recent YouGov survey which states that 76% of the British public would prefer to buy products and services from businesses that demonstrate positive community impact. As we enter 2021, with an economy battered by the pandemic and a short term future which is full of uncertainty, it is uplifting to hear of all the great things people are thinking of doing with a co-operative approach - an approach that shares benefits, that is democratic and inclusive.
As Rose points out, we have many challenges to face. If we can build on the mutual solidarity and togetherness that has been a feature of our collective response to Covid-19, then we can genuinely make a future that is fairer, greener, and better.
The housing crisis, the gig economy, digital platforms, AI, Automation, biometrics, nano technology, global climate change, a global pandemic, Brexit – we’re not without challenges in the UK. But we have a real opportunity here, the co‑operative movement is due a renaissance – I think we’re on the cusp of it.