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Wednesday, 22nd July 2015

Portland Works Little Sheffield Ltd is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.

FCA reg no. 31143R

Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site  

Yes! Portland works volunteers have been shortlisted in the English Heritage ‘Angels’ award to take place on 7th September* in London. Now WE NEED YOUR ONLINE VOTE!

Deadline is 16 August, so please hurry, and pass this on to a friend or two!!! The project in question is the splendid restoration of ‘Block A’ including the ‘showroom’ and ex-boardroom of the Mosley works, completed last Christmas after a monumental effort by our volunteers working to a shoestring budget.  You can read all about it on the Renovation page

We are very proud of our helpers – they are a splendid group of people and thoroughly deserve their trip to London for the awards ceremony, paid for by sponsor Andrew Lloyd Webber!   Give them your vote and give them something to celebrate!

Click here – ‘Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site’  

well on the way in Block A Showroom halfway to restoration Summer 2014

Derek Morton July 2015




Has exceeded its target of £200,000 by £63,422

1,525 investors have raised £263,422

Why become a co-operative?

Most of the news media in the UK is owned by a handful of corporations and proprietors. But instead, as a co-operative, Positive News will be owned by hundreds or thousands of people with an equal say on important matters, meaning it’s a more democratic form of ownership. We will then be ultimately accountable to you, our readers, ensuring that we always report in your interests. And because we are a co-operative, our profits will be reinvested in achieving the aims of Positive News and serving our community.

Like the Co-operative News and The Morning Star, Positive News is now owned by its readers


Ethical Bay is now called



Good News!

The Co-operative Group AGM  voted for the Co-operative Group to remain a member of the Co-operative Party.

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Principle 5

Yorkshire Co-operative Resource Centre

P5 membership logo ver 2

Every Monday the Centre is open from 10:00am – 2:30pm. (except Bank Holidays)

Other times by appointment.

Yorkshire Co-operative Resource Centre, Aizlewood’s Mill, Nursery Street, Sheffield S3 8GG

Or email Steve for more details:



we own it

We Own It

We want the UK to have high quality public services, owned by and accountable to the public.

Health, education, energy and water – are public goods that belong to all of us and they should be run publicly. Privatisation isn’t working; it’s time for public ownership.



Message from the Phone Co-op

Why Fairphone?

There are a number of reasons why you may like to consider buying a Fairphone instead of a conventional smartphone. In our opinion, the main reason is that Fairphone it’s the first handset produced by a Social Enterprise with total transparency in the production and supply chain. It’s made using conflict-free minerals and produced in a factory that ensures health and safety working conditions as well as decent wages to its workers. For full details you can visit the Fairphone website.

We’ve been trying Fairphone in our offices and we can confirm it’s as good a handset as any other smartphones in the market. We will be publishing a review very soon – but you can find lots of opinions by just typing “Fairphone” on your search engine – a full list of specs is available here.

You can register your interest todayand we’ll come back to you when it’s available.

Switch to the Phone Co-op

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Celebrating Co-operatives




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Grosmont Co-operative Society Ltd

Co-operatives Yorkshire and Humber weclome Grosmont Co-operative Society Limited into membership.

Grosmont Co-operative Society Ltd< Grosmont Co-operative Society Limited is a consumer retail society serving the village of Grosmont in North Yorkshire. The Society was established in 1867, making it Britain’s oldest independent co-op.

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We have a new website!

The old website can be accessed at:


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