In this issue

The business model offers an alternative form of capitalism

‘In accord with spirit of the age’

The business model offers an alternative form of capitalism, writes Brian Groom

Public sector: Mutual minnows at risk of losing out to big PLC fish

Sarah Neville asks if the private sector will prevail in the fight for contracts

Share schemes: Red tape deters companies from giving incentives

There is confusion about plans on offer, says Elaine Moore

Ali Parsa
©Steve Dunlop Photography

Healthcare: Circle squares up to challenge of public service

Gill Plimmer looks behind the scenes at an outsourced hospital

Historical overview: Pioneers aimed to improve the world for poor workers

The co-operative movement needs to rediscover its roots, says Andrew Bounds


Different approaches: Movement still thrives in the internet age

Andrew Bounds discovers there are many variations on the co-owned theme

Case study: Co-operative Group

Group attempting to shake off a reputation for failing to keep up with competitors, writes Andrew Bounds

the Brighton café
©P Gould

Infinity Foods: Ethical model has driven food specialist for 41 years

Paul Gould pays a visit to an eco-driven business where ‘investment’ and ‘profit’ are not dirty words

John Lewis
©Charlie Bibby

John Lewis Partnership: Ownership by staff ‘no guarantee of success’

Brian Groom looks at the group that inspired Nick Clegg to discuss a ‘John Lewis economy’

Expansion: Chief executives express caution about pace of growth in the sector

Brian Groom looks at the coalition’s hopes of increasing staff participation

Social enterprises: Big Society comes to grips with finances

New laws and funding will help to produce a £50bn sector, writes Andrew Bounds