Welcome to everyonesbusiness.coop – the new blog site for the co-operative and social enterprise sector in Wales.

Run by the Wales Co-operative Centre, this site is for anyone with an interest in co-operatives, social enterprise and co-operative solutions to tackling poverty in Wales, including financial inclusion and digital inclusion.The site will feature blog posts from people across the sector, different areas of business and community life in Wales. This is your site to use, engage with and keep up-to-date with the latest issues and discussion points – it is everyone’s business!

Social businesses key to Valleys prosperity plan

  For the past year, the Welsh Government’s Taskforce for the Valleys explored options for improving prosperity in the South Wales Valleys. The Taskforce has now published its priorities and plan for the Valleys. It was launched at the Fern Partnership, a social enterprise in the Rhondda. What role can social businesses play in achieving […]

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Brexit, city deals and social businesses

  Brexit, city deals and skills were important items at last week’s meeting of the Council for Economic Development (CED). The CED is Welsh Government’s business council, bringing together business and trade union representatives with Welsh Government ministers and officials, to discuss matters relating to the Welsh economy. The Wales Co-operative Centre attends the meetings […]

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Exploring the future of health and social care in Wales

Recently, the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales held a consultation event in Cardiff. Ceri-Anne Fidler, Policy and Development Officer for the Wales Co-operative Centre, gives her perspective on the day’s events. The Parliamentary Review Panel has been exploring the future of health and social care in Wales.  Looking at current challenges faced […]

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Digital Inclusion…… We’re not there yet!

From Andrew Jacobs, Head of Financial and Digital Inclusion, Welsh Government For the vast majority of us, we can’t imagine a life without the internet. For work, learning or recreation we increasingly rely (possibly too much sometimes) on digital technologies. Yet, too many are still missing out on the benefits of the internet, with around […]

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Employee Owned businesses ‘keep on moving’ as they celebrate 5th EO Day

Employee Owned businesses ‘keep on moving’ as they celebrate 5th EO Day Five employee owned businesses in Wales As part of our fortnight of employee ownership themed activities we are helping the Employee Ownership Association to celebrate the 5th annual Employee Ownership Day today. EO Day is the national celebration of employee ownership and a […]

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Care to Co-operate case study: Cartrefi Conwy Housing Association

Care to Co-operate is helping establish a transformative co-operative partnership in Llandudno and Llanrwst, formed by three distinct groups: an older people’s tenant committee, Cartrefi Conwy housing association and private care providers. This co-operative partnership gives the tenants an equal and equitable role in future decisions about support services they receive. The tenants committee represents […]

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Building a Co-operative Country – what, why and how

Firstly, I must say what a pleasure it is to see the co-operative movement in Wales coming together today in an expression of unity and optimism for the future. Not just the future of co-operation, but the future of Wales. And I’m delighted that Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative, as a newly constituted co-op, and as a […]

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Care to Co-operate case study: Me, Myself and I Club

Care to Co-operate has worked with Briton Ferry based, Me, Myself & I Club that supports people with early onset dementia. It has helped the organisation to take a co-operative approach to business growth, not only with the people who choose to use its services, but with strategic partners. Me, Myself & I Club formed […]

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Ann takes the health route to volunteering

From Ann Elliot, Governance Officer, Wales Co-operative Centre I’ve volunteered for lots of things over the years but my current volunteering opportunity came about by chance. About 2 years ago I came across an advert for the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board (C&VUHB) who were looking to recruit lay members for their Individual Patient […]

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