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NACO AGM 2012 Roundup

NACO AGM Roundup
22nd - 23rd May 2012

The ninety-fifth Annual General Meeting of NACO was held on Wednesday 23rd May at the Thistle Hotel, East Midlands Airport.

Thanks to all the members that attended and contributed to make the event the most engaging yet!

- Past, Present & Future

The theme for the 2012 AGM was Co-operatives – Past, Present and Future. The theme featured throughout the Annual Dinner and AGM with speakers on the three dimensions.

Co-operatives UK were also represented - promoting the UN International Year of Co-operatives and the Co-operatives United event in Manchester.



NACO Annual Dinner
The NACO Annual Dinner is now an established event on the NACO calendar and allows members to meet and network with co-operators from throughout the movement.

The 2012 dinner included a presentation on Co-operatives -Past from Mark Robinson-Field, National Co-operative & Membership Manager at the Co-operative Group.

Mark's presentation featured footage from the upcoming film the Rochdale Pioneers, documenting the struggle of the Pioneers in opening their first co-operative store and following the story through all its successes in democracy, fairly traded goods, education and much more. As Mark said - the Pioneers' vision to change the world!

Mark's presentation can be downloaded here. Further details of the Rochdale Pioneers film can be found on their facebook page.

The 2012 AGM
During the formal AGM, NACO was delighted to welcome two more fantastic speakers talking about the current and future challenges and opportunities facing the consumer co-operative movement.

Martyn Cheatle (Chief Executive Officer, Midlands Co-operative) presented on Co-operatives -Present and focused on the work done around co-operative identity and brand, and how economic and market challenges are being overcome by reinforcement of the brand and co-operative vision. Download Martyn's slides here.

Moira Lees (Group Secretary, the Co-operative Group) followed Martyn and emphasised the co-operative difference for Co-operative -Future. Moira went on to discuss the importance of the membership offer and the ethical operating plan in maintaining trust in the brand when looking to the future. Download Moira's presentation here.



AGM - Breakout Sessions
As part of NACO's strategy to build and maintain an active and engaged membership, we have found new ways to involve membership throughout the year. The AGM allows us the opportunity to pull ideas together and work collaboratively on specific issues during breakout sessions. The 2012 AGM featured four breakout sessions which will be reviewed by NACO staff and the Executive and reported back on later in the year. The four breakout sessions were:

  • Membership
  • Finance
  • Operations
  • People

AGM - Motions Carried
Two motions general were carried at the AGM:

  • Motion 1 - Proposed by the NACO Executive “That, in accordance with NACO’s Rules, the rate of annual subscription is increased from £216.84 to £219.96 with effect from 1st January 2013.”
  • Motion 2 – Proposed by The Phone Co-op Constituent Association “The Phone Co-op Constituent Association wish to propose that the NACO Registered Office and its Officials reduce its business car mileage by a minimum of 5% by the 2013 NACO
  • AGM”

AGM - Fallen Motion
Following a detailed debate, one motion to amend rules fell at the AGM:

  • Motion 1 – Proposed by the NACO Executive “That Rule 4(a), Retired Members – Criteria, be replaced with the following: Retired members will be allowed to participate in the activities of NACO, but shall only be entitled to a vote at Constituent Association meetings."

The NACO Executive has agreed to review the intent of this motion at their forthcoming meetings to achieve an acceptable solution to the current situation.

Papers for the AGM are still available on the NACO website: