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This is the text of a speech given by Frances Coppola at the UK Society of Co-Operatives Conference on September 7th 2014 at the University of Essex. 

The story of the Co-Op Bank is really the story of two banks: the Co-Op Bank itself, of course, but perhaps even more importantly – the story of the Britannia.

The Britannia story

In parts of West Africa and the Caribbean an ancient version of cooperative economics exists, called “susu.” As one of the oldest forms of microfinance in Africa, the practice is run by one of Africa’s oldest financial groups, susu collectors.  They run their businesses from kiosks in the marketplace and act as mobile bankers.

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WHEREAS, our employers are earning record profits while the wages of working families stagnate; and

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WHEREAS, worker ownership has proven to be fruitful when ownership means much more than just the value of a share; and

WHO: This event is for cooperative folk under age 35 who are interested in the cooperative model and movement.

HOW: We have a sliding scale for registration (25-200$), free lodging for the out-o-towners, and free access to rent-a-bike, too!

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