Published: 12th May 2011

The Regather 'shop' in inner-city Sheffield
On an unassuming corner of a residential road close to the centre of Sheffield, a former furniture shop has become the base for the ‘mutualisation’ of the city’s economy. Inside, racks of posters and Argos-style catalogues display the shop’s services, under headings such as Play, Learn, Care and Create. People wanting to purchase and trade goods and services will be able to pay not only with money but also with time and ‘stones’. This is Regather, a trading co-operative which aims to mutualise a chunk of Sheffield’s local economy. The shop is its physical presence in the locality but its work will be undertaken by sole traders and small businesses across the city who join up for the benefits of being part of a mutual trading platform. It is the brainchild of Gareth Roberts, who, after years as a sole … (To read the full article, subscribe below)