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    1. June 26, 2015

      Co-op Group appoints two non-execs to shake-up board

      The Co-operative Group has appointed two non-executive directors with public company experience as it continues to...

    2. June 25, 2015

      Nisa ‘squeezed on both sides’ by grocery price war

      Britain’s grocery price war claimed another casualty as Nisa, the convenience store chain, reported a £3m loss. The...

    1. April 9, 2015

      Co-op needs the ring of cash registers to drown out rebel yells

      The Co-op, which edged back into the black in 2014, can still smack of a 1980s student union meeting. Here, discussions...

    2. January 4, 2015

      Index funds will be higher priority in future UK IPOs

      Passive index tracking funds should get a better deal in future UK privatisations, a government-commissioned review...

    3. December 18, 2014

      Myners eyes digital auction to sell assets

      The UK government should use a digital auction process to improve the way it divests assets in initial public...

    4. December 18, 2014

      Royal Mail’s red herrings

      Pilot fish have received a battering from Lord Myners, a City grandee commissioned by the government to investigate the...

    5. December 17, 2014

      Royal Mail sell-off lost taxpayers £180m

      The Royal Mail sell-off could have netted another £180m for the taxpayer but was not vastly mispriced, says an official...

    6. FT Alphaville

      December 11, 2014

      Quindell in parliament

      Hat tip to the FT’s Henry Mance, who point us to a parliamentary question asked on December 1. From Hansard: Question...

    7. November 14, 2014

      Co-op Group recruits one of its fiercest critics

      Sir Christopher Kelly, who led an independent review into the near failure of the Co-operative Bank, has been appointed...

    8. October 1, 2014

      Pennycook to join Co-op Group board as FCA agrees structure change

      The Co-operative Group’s new chief executive Richard Pennycook will join its board on October 15 as the retailer won...

    9. September 16, 2014

      Lord Myners assembles team of heavyweights to look at sell-offs

      Lord Myners, the former City minister, has recruited a series of City heavyweights to examine the £2bn sale of Royal...

    10. August 8, 2014

      Co-op unveils corporate governance overhaul

      The Co-operative Group has outlined governance reforms that will eject the majority of lay members from its board in...

    11. FT Alphaville

      July 10, 2014

      The 6am London Cut

      Markets: The influential head of the US House Financial Services Committee has called on US Treasury secretary Jack Lew...

    12. July 9, 2014

      Vince Cable orders review into sell-off of state assets

      Ministers have ordered a review into the sell-off of state assets, just days before MPs publish a report that is...

    13. June 26, 2014

      Labour seeks to reposition itself as pro-business party

      Stung by criticism that it is anti-business, Britain’s opposition Labour Party plans a summer campaign to woo companies...

    14. June 12, 2014

      Labour big beasts warn Miliband on alienating City

      Ed Miliband has been warned by two former Labour ministers that he is alienating business leaders by speaking a...

    15. May 19, 2014

      Co-op’s longest serving director joins board exodus

      The Co-operative Group‘s longest-serving director has resigned after an historic vote to reform its governance, the...

    16. May 17, 2014

      Co-operative by name, co-operative by nature

      In the end, they were. Co-operative, that is. A small cadre of activists voted for reform principles that give the...

    17. May 17, 2014

      Co-operative Group agrees to reform

      The Co-operative Group has agreed to reform the way it is run after a year of scandals and record losses that its boss...

    18. May 16, 2014

      Co-operative lobby group fights Myners’ plan to eject lay members

      The battle for the future of the Co-operative Group has intensified ahead of the annual meeting on Saturday, as a...

    19. May 16, 2014

      Calpers sells stakes in Alisher Usmanov companies

      Calpers, the California state pension fund, has sold its holdings in two companies part-owned by Russia’s richest man,...

    20. May 13, 2014

      Lidbetter voices fears if Co-op Group reforms are rejected

      The chairman of the struggling Co-operative Group said she would be “very concerned” about the reaction of its lenders...

    21. May 13, 2014

      How a proud corporate history can lead to poor governance

      Only a few pages into Lord Myners’ report on the UK Co-operative Group, I had the feeling I had read this before. Soon...

    22. May 12, 2014

      You might say that: the art of sneaky rhetoric

      Lord Myners, a former financial services minister, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme last Wednesday...

    23. May 8, 2014

      Co-op AGM agenda fails to address ‘dysfunctional’ governance

      None of the six motions the Co-operative Group’s elected representatives have tabled for discussion at its annual...

    24. May 7, 2014

      Lord Myners finds culture of fear and mistrust in Co-op boardroom

      “Fear and loathing in the boardroom” could be the subtitle of Lord Myners’ review of governance at the Co-operative...

    25. May 7, 2014

      Appearing unique is the big test for challenger banks

      The name Kent Reliance oozes respectability. Branding consultants might have picked it out in a crowd as a way to sound...

    26. May 7, 2014

      Former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers fined £400 over drugs charges

      Paul Flowers, the former chairman of the Co-operative Bank and an ex-Methodist minister, has been fined £400 and...

    27. May 7, 2014

      Co-op faces fight over governance overhaul

      The Co-operative Group faces a fight over plans to overhaul its governance, despite a warning that it will fade into...

    28. May 5, 2014

      The failures at Co-op are not a one-off

      The recent history of Britain’s Co-operative Group is so peculiar it is tempting to paraphrase the opening lines of...

    29. April 28, 2014

      Why must financiers meditate in secret?

      Iam sitting in a packed conference room, somewhere in the heart of London’s financial centre, in an office I have sworn...

    30. April 27, 2014

      Huntsworth poised to name Lord Myners as chairman

      Huntsworth, one of the UK’s biggest independent public relations companies, is poised to name Lord Myners as chairman,...

    31. April 24, 2014

      The Co-op, the bananas and the £2.5bn loss

      At this month’s Co-operative Group board meeting to approve the mutual’s 2013 accounts, its executives were braced for...

    32. April 24, 2014

      Power struggles tear at the heart of ‘ungovernable’ Co-op

      It took Lord Myners less than 30 minutes to realise the extent of the struggle he would face to reform the Co-operative...

    33. April 20, 2014

      Co-op backers send in top troubleshooter

      Six major UK banks that lend to the Co-operative Group have sent a troubleshooter into the lossmaking mutual, in an...

    34. April 18, 2014

      Lidbetter preaches sweeping Co-op reform

      The director responsible for driving through sweeping reforms of the Co-operative Group has likened the challenge to...

    35. April 17, 2014

      Co-op: cannonade against the commissars

      The Co-operative Group is good at arranging funerals. Just as well. Pessimists say it may need to arrange its own. The...

    36. FT Alphaville

      April 17, 2014

      Leasing out mutuality

      Sale and leaseback transactions represent an expensive addiction the cost of which does not appear, even now, to be...

    37. April 15, 2014

      Co-op pushed to adopt softer reforms

      The Co-operative Group is coming under increasing pressure to adopt a watered-down version of radical governance...

    38. April 11, 2014

      Co-op Bank chief Booker in line for £4.6m

      The Co-operative Bank is paying its chief executive four times as much as his predecessor, highlighting the dramatic...

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