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.
Somerset Co-operative Services is delighted to be able to tell the world that the new, revised and improved Somerset Rules 2012 have been approved by the FSA and Co-operatives UK, and are now available for registration.
Below you can download the new Rules for inspection, along with a document highlighting the main changes.
The biggest change is that amendments should no longer be necessary - a range of options now permits a choice of arrangements to suit every circumstance.
Please contact us for details of registration process and costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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