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Alliance of supporters launch petition to narrow gap between rich and poor in the UK

An alliance of co-operative businesses and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has launched a new petition - the first of its kind - which calls for co-operative action to narrow the gap between rich and the poor in the UK.

With the gap at its highest since records began, the petition aims to get 100,000 people calling for national debate on narrowing the gap through action to share ownership and wealth in a co-operative way.

Over 25 prominent organisations are supporting the petition, including Friends of the Earth, National Union of Students, Mother’s Union, Groundwork, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the National Childbirth Trust and the Equality Trust.

The petition was launched outside the Bank of England by leading figures from the co-operative sector including Len Wardle, Chair of the Co-operative Group, Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK and representatives, young and old, from the co-operative sector and from NGOs.

Wates builds lasting links with Social Firms

Social Firms UK is very pleased to announce that Wates Group, the family-owned construction services company, has joined as a Corporate Member.

People, partnership and sustainability is at the very heart of the way Wates does business and a strategic partnership with Social Firms UK epitomises that approach. Demonstrating a long term commitment to corporate, social and environmental responsibility, Wates works with like-minded organisations to enable change at a local and community level.

Social Firms UK has been working with Wates to identify social businesses that can operate within their supply chain, supporting its members via trade opportunities across the UK.

Private sector enters sustainable partnership with Social Firms

SIMS_RSICT_RGB_HR BORDER.jpgSocial Firms UK is very pleased to announce that Sims Recycling Solutions, the world’s largest electrical and electronic equipment recovery and recycling company, has joined as a Corporate Member.