Will you / can you help me / us?
Co-operative Futures specialises in helping people start co-operative or community- led businesses or grow their existing businesses. We do this in two main ways a) by helping you choose the right governance and legal structure and to register your start-up and b) by helping to develop the thinking, the business planning and the development strategies for whichever stage your business has reached. To contact us, click here.
What do we mean by co-operative or other community owned?
Co-operative? A business or enterprise that conforms to the International Co-operative Alliance’s Global Statement of Identity (see our “What is a co-operative?” page for a more comprehensive answer.
Community owned? A business or enterprise that is owned by and run for the benefit of its community. Examples include charities’ subsidiary trading companies, community interest companies (CICs), sports clubs, village shops and halls, local energy companies and so on.
Where do we work?
Our heartland is Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Stafford, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Walsall..
We have a contract to provide our service across the trading area of the Midcounties Co-operative Limited http://www.midcounties.coop/live/cme2289.htm
We are members of three regional co-operative development consortia, which cover the entire south west, south east and west midlands regions of England.
We also fulfil a national role as the elected representative of the UK’s co-operative development agencies on the national board of Co-operatives UK www.uk.coop
If you are not sure where to go for help, contact us and if we can’t help you we will usually know who can. Click here: