I'm thrilled to share that we have publically announced the extension of the partnership with The Co-operative Bank through the Business Support for Co-ops programme for new and existing co-ops – helping fair and ethical businesses together.
Formerly The Hive, the support package has been given a brand refresh and is now known as Business Support for Co-ops. It continues to help build better co-operative businesses by offering up to six days of expert support, including a half day peer mentoring, to:
- Start a co-op
- Help for your co-op for existing co-ops
- Convert to a co-op for existing businesses looking to convert to a co-op
The Co‑operative Bank have announced a further £400,000 commitment bringing the total invested since 2016 to £2.5 million. To date, more than 1200 groups have benefited from business support.
We've already received 20 exciting applications rolex day date mens 118346 36mm silver tone since March - and that's without any promotion! This is now your 'green light' to publicly promote the new programmeincluding the PR announcement and via the social media links below:
Read our most recent case studies featuring co-ops supported. This includes:
- Sonas Co-op, in Northern Ireland, Lisburn’s first zero waste loose food refill store, café and event space.
- True Food Co-op, an established co-op in Reading benefiting from support to help with post pandemic business recovery.
- Loco Home Retrofit in Glasgow is tackling climate change working with householders to make recommendations for retrofitting their homes.
- plus others
Panel assessment dates
To help applicants we have published the dates of the upcoming panel assessment sessions, including the deadline to submit applications, 10 days prior to the panel session.
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Co-operatives East Midlands Information
World’s Top 300 co-ops have a combined turnover of $2.164 trillion in agriculture, insurance, banking and financial services, health, education and social care plus utilities, wholesale and retail trade.
International – ICA www.ica.coop
In a world of automation and globalisation, co-op model offers answers and re-balances innovation coming from people who their community needs – a bottom up approach.
In the UK, there are a number of independent large retail co-operatives, each with their own members but each sharing in the wider objectives of a co-op movement. They operate a variety of business and Mid Counties Co-operative has a childcare and energy wing.
We have also added the Co-op Foundation presentation on "Helping disadvantaged communities work together to make things better"
Click on the link below to see the presentation.
CO-OPERATIVE WORKING MAKES THE COMMUNITY
Co-operatives East Midlands is "an unincorporated association".