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Bank on Owen campaign to get Robert Owen on Scottish bank notes

What a Robert Owen banknote might look like

A petition is aiming to get Robert Owen, the father of social enterprise, on banknotes in time for the 2012 International Year of the Co-operative, joining other notable Scots such as Robert Burns and Walter Scott.

The campaign, which is directed at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank, aims to highlight the achievements of Robert Owen, who is famous for embodying the principles of co-operation, and for putting people before profit.

He developed the New Lanark community in Lanarkshire, a model of good working relations which remains an enduring example to society.

The motion, which will be debated in Scottish Parliament on June 3, already has the support 50 MSPs from four parties and Edinburgh and West Lothian councils. Over 1,000 people have signed the petition so far.

Sign the petition at or search for the ‘Bank on Owen’ group on facebook.