Event: International Year of Co-operatives in Stevenage

The Co-operative Party

The Eastern Region Co-operative Party is hosting an event in Stevenage on the theme of the International Year of Co-operatives on Saturday, 16 June 2012.

Full details of the event are below. Following the event there will be a reception with Fairtrade wine.

The event is £5. To book, please email Robin Cherney on Rcher24@aol.com before the 1st June, including any dietary requirements and mobility issues. The venue is DDA compliant.



Meeting Chair: Cllr Chris Fegan, Chair of ERCP

11.00 – 11.30: Registration & Tea/Coffee

11.30: Paul Cranfield, Regional Secretary of the Co-operative Group:

International Year of Co-operatives

12.30 – 13.15: Lunch

13.15: Stan Newens, Chair, Labour Heritage:

Robert Owen and the Founding of the Co-operative Movement

14.00: David Evans, Chair of the Co-operative Enterprise Hub:

How does the Co-operative Enterprise Hub help new co-operatives to get off the ground and grow?

14:50: Gavin Shuker MP

How can the Tory Party pretend to be co-operators?

15:30: Kelvin Hopkins MP

Following the 2008 Crash – the Relevance of Co-operatives Today

16:10: Questions and discussion


This half-day conference concludes with Fairtrade wine and soft drinks and a chance to socialise from 4.30-5.30. Admission is £5.00.