10 episodes

More Than a Shop welcomes guests with something new and radical to say about the big issues of our day and doing business the right way. Presented by broadcaster and journalist Elizabeth Alker, each episodes covers a big topic from climate change and food, to mental health and education. The chat is lively, energetic – sometimes controversial, always entertaining.

Join us as we explore how people power and co-operation can tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society.

More Than a Shop is brought to you by Co‑operatives UK, The Co‑op, Co‑op News, The Co‑operative College and The Co‑operative Heritage Trust. It is produced by Geoff Bird for Sparklab Productions.

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    • Society & Culture

More Than a Shop welcomes guests with something new and radical to say about the big issues of our day and doing business the right way. Presented by broadcaster and journalist Elizabeth Alker, each episodes covers a big topic from climate change and food, to mental health and education. The chat is lively, energetic – sometimes controversial, always entertaining.

Join us as we explore how people power and co-operation can tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society.

More Than a Shop is brought to you by Co‑operatives UK, The Co‑op, Co‑op News, The Co‑operative College and The Co‑operative Heritage Trust. It is produced by Geoff Bird for Sparklab Productions.

    Let’s build something better together – #KeepCooperating

    Let’s build something better together – #KeepCooperating

    During the COVID‑19 pandemic, we've seen some inspirational stories of co‑operation. For Co-op Fortnight we've collected just a few of those inspiring stories from co-operatives across the UK. Find out more about Co-op Fortnight and get involved at http://uk.coop/fortnight

    Special thanks to Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative, LILAC Co-Housing, The Larder, Calverts, the Co-op Group, Greencity Wholefoods.

    Listen to more episodes and subscribe at morethanashop.coop. Transcripts of the episodes are available: www.uk.coop/resources/more-than-a-shop

    More Than a Shop is a collaboration between Co‑operatives UK, The Co‑op, Co‑op News, The Co-operative College and The Co‑operative Heritage Trust.

    The series is presented by Elizabeth Alker. It is produced by Geoff Bird on behalf of Sparklab Productions.

    • 30 min
    Speaking up for our planet: turning talk into action

    Speaking up for our planet: turning talk into action

    Climate change and climate justice is the focus of the latest More Than a Shop podcast episode.

    In Speaking up for our planet: turning talk into action, Elizabeth Alker talks to Disruption Doctor, speaker and activist Samantha Moyo and Louise Marix Evans, Director of three community energy organisations/projects (Community Energy North and Pennine Community Power). The episode also features the tree planting organisation, Treesponsibility.

    Listen to the episode and subscribe to future episodes at morethanashop.coop. Transcripts of the episodes are available: www.uk.coop/resources/more-than-a-shop

    More Than a Shop is a collaboration between Co‑operatives UK, The Co‑op, Co‑op News, The Co-operative College and The Co‑operative Heritage Trust.

    The series is presented by Elizabeth Alker. It is produced by Geoff Bird on behalf of Sparklab Productions.

    Special thanks to:
    • Samantha Moyo – https://www.samanthamoyo.co.uk and watch Samantha’s TEDxBrighton talk ‘Deepen Your Understanding of Decolonisation’ – https://www.ted.com/talks/samantha_moyo_deepen_your_understanding_of_decolonisation
    • Louise Marix Evans – https://quantumst.co.uk, https://powerinthecommunity.wordpress.com/
    • Treesponsibility – http://www.treesponsibility.com

    Please note: The More Than a Shop series was recorded before the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    • 38 min
    The future of the UK's high streets

    The future of the UK's high streets

    The latest More Than a Shop podcast explores the changing landscape of UK high streets.

    Elizabeth Alker is joined by industry experts – Central England Co-operative‘s Chief Executive, Debbie Robinson, and the IGD’s Head of Shopper Insight, Rhian Thomas – who talk passionately about how the high street is still relevant.

    Listen to the episode The future of the UK's high streets and subscribe to future episodes at morethanashop.coop. Transcripts of the episodes are available: www.uk.coop/resources/more-than-a-shop

    More Than a Shop is a collaboration between Co‑operatives UK, The Co‑op, Co‑op News, The Co-operative College and The Co‑operative Heritage Trust.

    The series is presented by Elizabeth Alker. It is produced by Geoff Bird on behalf of Sparklab Productions.

    Special thanks to:
    • Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-operative – https://www.centralengland.coop
    • Rhian Thomas, IGD – https://www.igd.com
    • The team at Headingley Development Trust – https://www.headingleydevelopmenttrust.org.uk – and The Headingley Greengrocer – https://theheadingleygreengrocer.co.uk

    Please note: The More Than a Shop series was recorded before the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    • 36 min
    Digging in: the local food revolution

    Digging in: the local food revolution

    Food glorious food is the focus of the latest More Than a Shop podcast episode.

    In Digging in: the local food revolution, Elizabeth Alker talks to vegetable gardener, YouTuber and author Huw Richards and Incredible Edible’s Clare Negus. We also hear from the fantastic community-owned and run Radcliffe Market.

    Listen to the episode Digging in: the local food revolution and subscribe to future episodes at morethanashop.coop. Transcripts of the episodes are available: www.uk.coop/resources/more-than-a-shop

    More Than a Shop is a collaboration between Co‑operatives UK, The Co‑op, Co‑op News, The Co-operative College and The Co‑operative Heritage Trust.

    The series is presented by Elizabeth Alker. It is produced by Geoff Bird on behalf of Sparklab Productions.

    Special thanks to:
    • Clare Negus, Incredible Edible (Heaton Park group) – https://www.incredibleedible.org.uk
    • Huw Richards – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeaKRrrpWiQFJJmiuon2WoQ
    • Radcliffe Market Community Benefit Society – https://www.radcliffe.market/

    Please note: The More Than a Shop series was recorded before the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    • 41 min
    When your number's up: It's time to talk about death

    When your number's up: It's time to talk about death

    The fifth episode in the More Than a Shop podcast series explores something we all, sadly, will inevitably face in our lives. Elizabeth Alker discusses end of life – how to talk about it, how to plan for it – with Co-op Funeralcare’s Raegan Drew and Methodist minister, writer and filmmaker Kathleen Loughlin.

    We also hear from a Death Cafe in Manchester. Death Cafes exist all over the world, creating a safe, informal space for people to talk about death and grief.

    End of life and death are difficult topics to consider and talk about under normal circumstances. This episode was recorded in normal times and we wanted to stress that it does not reflect current funeral restrictions in place or other impacts being felt in society because of the pandemic.

    Listen to the episode When your number’s up: It’s time to talk about death and subscribe to future episodes http://morethanashop.coop. Transcripts of the episodes are available: https://www.uk.coop/resources/more-than-a-shop

    Special thanks to:
    • Raegan Drew, Co-op Funeralcare: https://www.coop.co.uk/funeralcare
    • Kathleen Loughlin: http://www.kathleenlacamera.com/
    • Death Cafe Chorlton – https://deathcafe.com/deathcafe/5590/ – and the Death Cafe network – https://deathcafe.com

    More Than a Shop is a collaboration between Co‑operatives UK, The Co‑op, Co‑op News, The Co-operative College and The Co‑operative Heritage Trust.

    The series is presented by Elizabeth Alker. It is produced by Geoff Bird on behalf of Sparklab Productions.

    Please note: The More Than a Shop series was recorded before the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    • 37 min
    Changing the conversation about mental health

    Changing the conversation about mental health

    The latest episode of podcast More Than a Shop explores the need for new conversations, support networks and funding focused on mental health across the UK. Whilst this series was recorded and produced before the COVID-19 pandemic, the issues raised will be more pertinent than ever.

    One in four people experience a mental health problem in any one year. Series presenter Elizabeth Alker chatted to two people heavily involved in delivering mental health services – at a local level and nationally: Rachel Summerscales, formerly of Hulme Community Garden Centre in South Manchester, and Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at mental health charity, Mind. Mind recently launched a charity partnership with The Co-op. In this episode, you also hear from London’s Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society.

    Subscribe to future episodes and find out about the More Than a Shop podcast at http://morethanashop.coop. A transcript of the episode is available here: https://www.uk.coop/resources/more-than-a-shop

    Special thanks to:
    • Rachel Summerscales, formerly of Hulme Community Garden Centre – https://hulmegardencentre.org.uk – now of Phantasmagoria – https://www.facebook.com/MagicalSuitcases
    • Stephen Buckley, Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk
    • Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society – http://www.lifeafterhummus.com

    More Than a Shop is a collaboration between Co‑operatives UK, The Co‑op, Co‑op News, The Co-operative College and The Co‑operative Heritage Trust.

    The series is presented by Elizabeth Alker. It is produced by Geoff Bird on behalf of Sparklab Productions.

    Please note: The More Than a Shop series was recorded before the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    • 36 min

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