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!

Mastering Corporate Governance and Engagement

From Deb Oxley, CEO, Employee Ownership Association This year I had the pleasure of chairing the UK Employee Ownership Awards, which recognise employee owned companies that have set their markets alight and delighted their customers by effectively engaging their employees via an ownership stake and culture. It’s been a privilege to hear firsthand these success […]

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Network proves that houses become homes in co-ops

I work on the marketing team at the Wales Co-operative Centre, and while I’ve been here for ten years, I don’t really specialise on any area of our work. I do, however, have to have a good grasp of all our work, including social business support, digital inclusion, financial inclusion, social care, community shares and, […]

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Community shares expert urges us to ‘own the enterprises that serve you’

As part of today’s Twitter takeover for the Community Shares Wales project, we’re sharing a Q&A interview with Jim Brown, who is a Strategic Adviser to the Community Shares Unit (CSU). Jim has been working in the sector for 15 years; he is also author of the Community Shares Handbook and designer of the Community […]

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The Dog-ged determination needed to make community shares work

As part of today’s Twitter takeover for the Community Shares Wales project, we’re sharing a guest blog post from Dave Hollings of Co-operative and Mutual Solutions. Dave has advised 36 completed community share issues over the last 15 years, raising £6 million of shares often topped up with other forms of finance. He has specialised […]

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A million reasons to celebrate the first year of Community Shares Wales

By Carly McCreesh, Project Manager, Community Shares Wales Well, what a quick year that was! It only feels like yesterday when we were drudging along the wet fields of Riverside Market Garden, joined by our launch guests and celebrity friend Michael Sheen. A lot can happen in a year, and like any new project the first […]

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A day in the life of the Community Shares Wales Project Officer

As part of today’s Twitter takeover by the Community Shares Wales team, Claudia Limpert gives us an insight into her average day as Project Officer. 9am: Get in and check emails, usually a whole mixture of things – discussions among other practitioners debating accounting practises for societies (my cue to go and make my first […]

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Newport venue brings talk of community shares into ‘the public space’

A week before our special Twitter takeover for the Community Shares Wales project, we’re sharing a guest blog post from Gary Inight of Le Public Space – a live music and arts venue in the centre of Newport, which has recently opened with support of the project and a community share issue. If you live […]

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First Minister places co-operatives and co-operation at the heart of Welsh Government

  Speaking at the recent centenary conference of the Co-operative Party, Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones set out how Welsh Government has supported co-operation and co-operatives to date and its plans to support the sector over the term of this Assembly. He put co-operation firmly at the centre of Welsh Government’s thinking, stating: Achieving fair […]

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Co-operative models can help drive up standards for Taxi drivers in Wales

Working conditions for taxi drivers do not have to suffer with the introduction of digital platforms in the taxi industry. Co-operative models can offer customer convenience whilst maintaining employment standards. It can be win-win. Uber has made headlines in recent weeks following London Transport’s decision not to renew their London license. Uber was deemed to […]

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