2015 – a Year for Killing Social Enterprise, Coops and Mutuals

Alternative Commission on Social Investment – Wednesday 14 January 2015 Social Enterprise Question Time: “Social Investment: Friend or Foe?” Huckfield is very pleased to be asked by the National Coalition for Independent Action to appear as a member of the panel at David Floyd’s Alternative Commission on Social Investment (1) at the School for Social… Read more »

Builder Capital – It’s Time to Get Real on Social Investment

Bringing Social Investment Down to Earth In their two hour presentation on The Investible Social Entrepreneur : Introducing Builder Capital (1) at Mazars, near Tower Bridge in London, on Thursday afternoon, July 10 2014, Helen Heap and Robbie Davison brought the whole UK Social Investment community, Cabinet Office included, down to earth. Most significant of… Read more »

We can’t leave Coops and Mutuals to the Coop

Background Huckfield attended the Coops Way Forward 2 Conference in Manchester on Friday 16 May. On Saturday 17 May a Cooperative Group Special General Meeting supported the direction of Paul Myners’ very detailed and well researched The Cooperative Group : Report of the Independent Governance Review (1), published on Wednesday 07 May 2014. At times… Read more »

It’s not Paul Myners who’s killing the Coop Idea

History Repeats Itself During the 1970s to 1990s, as social enterprises, most cooperatives and mutuals were registered under Industrial and Provident Society and Industrial Common Ownership rules. Yet between 1998 and 2002, the wider cooperative and mutual movement almost allowed these structures to be swept aside. As shown below, with Public Service Mutuals, this is… Read more »

Social Impact Investment Forum (the Complete Irrelevance of)

For starters, just think how many Social Enterprises, Voluntary and Community Organisations might be rescued or saved with the money spent on this irrelevant London Bubble Bankers’ Beano! In times of harsh austerity, Huckfield and many others reckon that the day long free binge for Social Investment Financial Intermediaries on Thursday 06 June was insulting…. Read more »

No Standing Ovation for Big Society Capital’s First Annual Report

Huckfield offers these comments on Big Society Capital’s First Annual Report , which finally appeared on Friday 10 May 2013. In a previous posting on this site, Big Society Capital’s £600mn – An Alternative Strategy for Supporting Social Enterprises , has already been suggested. Thirteen Years to Spend £5mn These are highlights from a chronology… Read more »

We will say this only once: “You will become a Mutual”

Background and Outline Huckfield writes this as a strong supporter of Social Enterprise, Cooperatives and Third Sector Organisations, wherever these emerge through genuine democracy and where governing bodies and employees were all part of a democratic decision taking process. In its desperate haste to reduce the extent and size of the public sector before the… Read more »