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!

Coastal Housing – co-ops putting communities first

From Ross Williams, Coastal Housing Coastal Housing Group manages three co-operatives across its housing stock. These are: Gwynfyd – Blaengwynfi Glynneath Housing Co-operative – Glynneath Bron Allt – Crynant Although the three have many similarities, they are unique in their own way and as such, are managed slightly differently in each case. Gwynfyd Housing Co-operative […]

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Co-operative housing, deliverable at all scales

After attending the UK’s first ever Community-led Housing conference in London at the end of November I was astounded by the enthusiasm and passion in the room. There was a real buzz amongst the speakers and delegates, especially as the Housing and Planning minister announced the relaunch of the Community Housing fund; it certainly seems […]

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The first five years of co-operative housing in Wales

In 1972 David Bowie sang…. We got five years, stuck on my eyes We got five years, what a surprise We got five years, my brain hurts a lot We got five years, that’s all we got (From ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’) 40 years later on 5th […]

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A Day in the Life Of…A Co-operative Housing Advisor

As part of the Co-Operative Housing Twitter takeover day, I wanted to give everyone an insight into the average day of a Project Advisor. 9am. Arrive in the office after battling Monday morning traffic on the M4. Lots of chatter in the office and discussions about weekend adventures. Time to catch up on emails, mainly […]

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Recruiting tech talent to upskill young people in Wales

The Wales Co-operative Centre has been at the forefront of digital inclusion in Wales since 2006. We deliver digital inclusion through our current Welsh Government funded Digital Communities Wales programme and the Nominet Trust funded My Digital Life project. “My Digital Life” is a nine-month pilot programme run by the Wales Co-operative Centre, working in partnership […]

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Goodbye 2017, hello 2018

2017 was a busy, productive year at the Wales Co-operative Centre. We took the opportunity to review our strategy in light of Brexit and other changes to the policy and funding environment in which we work. As a result our purpose is now broader. We retain our leading position as Wales’s social business development agency […]

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What does the Welsh Government’s economic action plan mean for social businesses?

  Following the launch of ‘Prosperity for All: the national strategy’, Welsh Government has published its new economic action plan. It sets out Welsh Government’s plans to increase wealth and well-being through inclusive economic growth. The main points are summarised below. Welsh Government has started a period of engagement on the plan and we’d love […]

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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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