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.
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.
Venues and dates:
The gap between rich and poor is at its highest since records began.
Join co-operatives from all over the UK in Birmingham 24 to 26 June to kick start Co-operatives Fortnight at Co-operative Congress 2011.
What can you do when a business owner wants to retire or move on and his – or her – immediate family members are not interested in taking over?
One proven solution is to sell the business as a going concern to the workforce, which can take it on as an employee buy-out
Result – a win/win situation for all
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