Our mission is to promote the application of international co-operative principles, to help people establish new social enterprises and to enable social enterprises to work together to be financially, environmentally and socially sustainable. We aim to provide high quality services to our user members and secure, fairly rewarded work to our worker members. We offer specialist support to co-operatives, particularly those bringing different groups together and those that make measurable impacts on the reduction of carbon emissions.

IYC 2012 SFEDI Accredited Business Adviser Co-operatives UK Member

Promote Your Community Share Issue

When issuing IPS withdrawable shares, there is normally an exemption from regulation available. However, to be
confident of staying within the law, we always recommend:

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.

SCS CIC welcomes new Board members

One of our long standing aims is to involve our clients in the management of the co-operative development services we offer, so that we can be sure that not only the services themselves but also the way they are delivered meets the needs of our clients. So Somerset Co-operative Services CIC was delighted in late autumn of 2011 to welcome 2 client members to the SCS Board. Alastair Mumford from Co-cars and MJ Ray from software.coop attended their first Board meeting in November 2011 and also joined us for a Xmas staff lunch in Taunton.

Free Business Breakfast

To celebrate the launch of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives, Somerset Co-operative Services invites you to

The Corner House Hotel, Taunton

13th February 2012
8am – 9am

FREE BUSINESS BREAKFAST

Happy International Year of Co-operatives!

Welcome to the International year of Co-operatives!

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2012 will see a year-long schedule of activities to raise the profile of co-operatives during the United Nations' International Year of Co-operatives.

Across the world, co-operators and co-operatives will come together to celebrate with hundreds of activities planned to promote the co-operative voice.

Good Fuel: the lessons to be learnt

At the end of 2010, Good Fuel Co-operative ceased trading. This was a co-op that we had spent considerable time working with and we felt it was important to understand the reasons why it failed - both to learn from for the future, and to explain to the many social investors who lost money. This is the report that emerged from that, and we hope it proves instructive for co-operators working in fast-moving industries, raising share capital from investors, and investing in large production facilities.

When is a co-operative a co-operative?

There is no UK legal definition of a co-operative - until now the only way we can say whether or not an organisation is a true co-operative is by trying to assess to what extent it complies with 7 International Co-operative Principles. In practice this can be difficult - you can easily say whether the one person one vote rule applies - but how do you measure co-operation between co-operatives, or education? Now Co-ops UK has produced a paper that attempts to develop practical tools for defining co-operatives.

SCS celebrates Co-operatives Fortnight with Breakfast Networking events

in Chard, Glastonbury and Taunton. Somerset Co-operators discovered lots of opportunities for intertrading, learning from each other and mutual support. So much so that we agreed to do it again! We are aiming to hold another session in October, possibly in Castle Cary - watch this space!

Co-operatives Fortnight 2011 - come and share Breakfast with us at our Co-operative Business Breakfasts

To celebrate Co-ops Fortnight 2011 Somerset Co-operative Services is hosting 3 Co-operative Business Breakfasts in Chard, Glastonbury and Taunton, to enable co-operators and those interested in finding out about co-operatives to network, share information, discuss collaboration and enjoy a delicious healthy continental breakfast.

We aim to start about 9am and end around 10.30, so that busy people can take time out to network, before getting on with other activities.

Venues and dates:

Co-operative Fortnight 2011 is yours to share

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