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

Co-operative Fortnight 2011 is yours to share

The gap between rich and poor is at its highest since records began.

CO-OPERATIVE CONGRESS Birmingham 24th to 26th June

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.

Employee ownership - the solution to business succession?

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

  • the owner receives fair compensation and is able to retire or move on confident that the business they built up is in knowledgeable and responsible hands
  • employees keep their jobs
  • Somerset Co-op News Spring 2011

    Somerset Co-op News Spring 2011

    Featured Co-op: Go! Co-operative

    Co-ops Fortnight 25 June to 9 July 2011

    Co-operatives Fortnight 2011, the national campaign which unites the co-operative sector

    Future Co-ops Swindon 28th to 30th January 2011

    Alexandra House

    Whittingham Dr
    Swindon, SN4 0QJ

    This years theme is: Co-operatives and the 'Big Society' are we in...or are we out?

    Organised by Co-operative Futures

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    Creative Co-operatives South West: starting a co-operative in the creative industries Bristol 16th February 2011

    Whether you’re into fashion or film, advertising or animation, co-operatives can help you share ideas, costs and contacts.

    Designed for freelancers, graduates, practitioners and advisors, this workshop will help you find out about co-operatives, meet potential collaborators, talk to people who’ve been there and done it and get the advice and contacts to get started.

    Co-ops in the Age of Google

    What is the way forward for the co-operative sector? Commissioned by Co-operatives UK, Robin Murray – a co-operative innovator and key thinker behind Fairtrade, Twin Trading and much more besides – has produced a radical vision of the how the co-operative sector can expand in the 21st Century.

    SCS welcomes our new fundraising guru Jodi Hibbard at Glastonbury Grassroots

    Somerset Co-operative Services is delighted to confirm the appointment of Jodi Hibbard as our Fundraising and Social Investment Manager. Jodi was a Funding Officer for Somerset Voluntary Sector Network, she successfully instigated and managed the Tatworth pre school expansion including securing funding, planning and legal agreements. Jodi has been approached by a number of charities to raise funds and provide advice on effective fundraising management.

    Grassroots Glastonbury Conference 17th September

    Somerset Co-operative Services is sponsoring and helping to organise Grassroots, the first Social Enterprise Conference to be held in Glastonbury. We hope that this event will be the first of many, providing networking, trading and learning opportunities for existing social enterprises in Somerset, and a source of information and inspiration for anyone thinking about setting one up.

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