There's never been a better time to join a Co-operative

than this the International Year of Co-operatives! More and more people are discovering the potential of the co-operative business model - and through the Co-operative Enterprise Hub, Somerset Co-operative Services can help you achieve your dreams and help you build a better world.

The Hub has been set up by The Co-operative as a one-stop shop for free advice, training and access to finance for new and existing co-operatives. Services are delivered, free of charge, throughout the UK by experienced co-operative development advisers, like the Somerset Co-operative Services Team here in the south west.

Typically, we offer support to co-operatives that are:

* Preparing to start trading or in their first year of trading, or

* Experiencing rapid growth, planning to move premises, developing a new product, service or market or wanting to change their management structure

Co-operative development advisers and their clients tell it like it is here

The New Pioneers annual review provides a summary of how the Hub works and how it supports all manner of co-operatives to achieve their goals at critical points in their development.

If you’re a new or existing co-operative, the Hub can offer you up to four days’ free support. Somerset Co-operative Services will provide you with expert advice and training, available to you at any stage of your co-operative’s journey – if you’re starting out, wanting to expand or wanting to change your management structure, with the Hub's support, we are here to help.

During your advice and training, we can also work with you to put together a finance package, with small grants available through the Hub to co-operatives that secure loan finance.

The Co-operative Enterprise Hub also offers specialist packages of support for Community-owned renewable energy schemes, co-operatives led by young people and employees pursuing buyout, whilst also supporting a number of co-operative development projects overseas.

So what are you waiting for? There's never been a better moment - contact us for more information or check out the  Hub Website. As Goethe famously said:

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”