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May 25, 2018

Co-op pioneer's early break

Countless young men have wished, in vain, for a chance to improve the world. Robert Owen, a saddler's son from Newtown, got his chance when he became co-owner of a cotton mill while still in his 20s. He set about ...

Category: General
Posted by: RhodriC

improving the living conditions of employees and their families, and education was available for people of all ages. His later attempt to create a perfect village in the USA wasn't successful, but his ideas caught on - in the shape of Britain's co-operative movement. For more on his story, use your mobile to scan the HistoryPoints QR codes on the wall at the Robert Owen Memorial Garden in Newtown, behind the statue which is replicated outside the Co-op HQ in Manchester. Or click here