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!

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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Co-op and Mutual Housing: Wales Leads the Way

Co-operation as a concept and movement came early to Wales and historian Alun Burge has charted its origins from the mid 1800s on. This included a co-op set up by the Chartists in the 1840s and the Cwmbach Society, modelled on the Rochdale pioneers, set up in 1859 and enduring for over a hundred years. […]

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SAFER INTERNET DAY 2018- Create, Connect and Share Respect

Written by Shannon Williams, Marketing Intern at the Wales Co-operative Centre and student at University of South Wales Safer Internet Day aims to create a safer internet and a better internet where everyone can be safe and empowered online. Safer Internet Day is about teaching everyone to use technology responsibly, respectfully and critically. A better […]

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Economic Action Plan

  In December, Welsh Government launched their ‘Prosperity for All: 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 in our blog. We’re running a consultation on the Action Plan during our workshops for social businesses in February in  in […]

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Call for evidence: Tell us your locally owned community energy story

  Last year, Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs announced new targets for energy generation in Wales. Targets include Wales generating 70 per cent of its electricity consumption from renewable energy by 2030 with renewable energy projects having at least an element of local ownership by 2020. Welsh Government is now gathering […]

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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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