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!

Happy Birthday NHS: what are you wishing for?

The NHS is 70 today and we have the privilege of submitting a blog from a close colleague we work with at the ABM University Health Board, Professor Hamish Laing, who has been working in the NHS for half its lifetime, 35 years! Writing in a personal capacity, Hamish tries to put himself in the mighty shoes of […]

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Housing conference highlights co-operative links

Just over a year ago I blogged about the benefits of volunteering… I have continued to volunteer as a co-opted board member for Trivallis and recently was fortunate to be able to attend the Chartered Institute of Housing Conference in Manchester as a visitor. It was an opportunity to visit over a hundred of exhibitor […]

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Time to monkey around for Social Summer!

The Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary is a hidden gem situated right here in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It’s a place for those apes, monkeys and many other species in need of a forever home when all other possibilities have been exhausted. A place for the rescues to live out their days with the […]

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Young people excluded? Why co-operatives are essential for the wellbeing of future generations

From Cliff Mills, Anthony Collins Solicitors Behind the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, there is an implicit admission: we haven’t been taking sufficient account of the interests of future generations. So now we have legislation to make sure that we do this when making important decisions. I say “we” because the people involved in making […]

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Welsh Government’s Economic Contract launched

In December, Welsh Government’s Economic Action Plan set out plans to launch a new Economic Contract.  The contract requires businesses seeking Welsh Government support to commit to the principles of growth, fair work, reducing carbon footprints, health, skills and learning in the workplace.  The Economic Contract went live on Monday. We broadly welcome the Economic […]

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Exit with pride, profit with purpose – Have you sorted out your business succession plan yet?

Written by David Madge, Social Business Wales – Find out more about succession options at our seminar on May 24th 2018 Nearly 75% of welsh business owners haven’t planned for the future transfer of their business. Many business owners in Wales see the growth and nurture of their businesses as a long-term commitment and devote […]

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Life as a marketing intern at the Wales Co-operative Centre

We recently said goodbye to Shannon Williams, who had completed a ten-week internship on our marketing team, as part of her degree course with the University of South Wales. We share her story here… “Throughout my time at the Centre I was busy doing various things within the marketing team, working 9-5 four days a […]

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Do you have what it takes to be our next Chair?

We are looking for a new Chair that can work with the Board and the Centre’s staff team to make an even greater impact on Wales’s economy and society in the years ahead. The Wales Co-operative Centre is a unique organisation with a strong set of values. The Wales Co-operative Centre has ambitious plans for […]

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How to work in partnership in a housing co-operative

From Vicky Watts – Old Oak Housing Co-op – Carmarthen My experience was that we were going to build a co-operative scheme and had to find the interested members through recruitment. Our development (construction) process began some time before we recruited the members; Welsh Government had offered funding, Carmarthenshire Council took it on, earmarked a site, […]

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