The 12th of January represents the official beginning of the International Year of Co-operatives (IYC) and there are a number of events taking place throughout the UK. The Scottish celebration will be kicked off with an event supported by Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) and Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative (EBC), one of the UK’s most successful worker co-operatives. Attendees of this event have the opportunity to see firsthand how EBC operates not just as a business but as a co-operative. The phenomenal growth of EBC is also an area of interest and one of the main themes of 2012 IYC. More details about the event can be found at

Co-operatives UK, the national trade body for co-operatives, is collaborating with The Guardian to stage an online debate about how co-operatives can contribute to the economic ‘rebuilding’ of Britain. The panel will be hosted from The Guardian’s offices in London and individuals are encouraged to participate in the discussion by registering to view it online; the discussion begins at 1:15pm. More details can be found at