Ceri-Anne Fidler


Policy Officer, Wales Co-operative Centre, Wales Co-operative Centre

Blog Posts

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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Have your say on public sector procurement in Wales

Welsh Government are currently consulting on procurement regulation in Wales.   The consultation sets out its proposals for legislation on procurement activity undertaken by the Welsh Public Sector.  You can find the full consultation document on the Welsh Government website.  We are interested in finding out what social businesses think of the proposals, their experience of […]

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Care to Co-operate – our new social care project

We’re pleased to announce that we are among the organisations and projects awarded funding from the new Sustainable Social Services Grant.  The Grant funds projects and initiatives that support the Welsh Government’s strategic agenda for social services, including the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, which comes into force on April 6th.  The project […]

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Welsh Co-operatives and Mutuals Commission update

The Welsh Co-operatives and Mutuals Commission was established to make recommendations to the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport on growing and developing the co-operative and mutual economy in Wales.  It published its report in February 2014.  Last year the Minister reconvened the Commission to review progress on implementing its recommendations.  These findings have now […]

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A Collaborative Economy for the Common Good

This week, we are launching new research from Pat Conaty which explores a new economic strategy for Wales against the backdrop of uneven growth and imbalanced recovery from the downturn across the UK. The report draws on best practice and lessons from international case studies and what is currently emerging in Wales to develop the […]

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We need you! – Public Services Action Plan

Earlier this year, we wrote about the findings and recommendations of the ‘Is the Feeling Mutual?’ report. The Welsh Government’s Public Services Minister has now issued an update on the progress of implementing these recommendations. It also sets out the Welsh Government’s vision for co-operatives and mutuals delivering public services and how it will support […]

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Protecting Community Assets update

Earlier this year, we wrote about Welsh Government’s proposals for Protecting Community Assets in Wales and asked the social business sector for feedback on these proposals. Working with the WCVA, we put together a response based on evidence from the social business and third sectors and our experience of working with and supporting clients through […]

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News from the Assembly: October 2015

Strong support for new community rights proposals Earlier this year, we summarised proposals outlined in the Reforming Local Government White Paper that would effect social businesses in Wales. During the consultation period, debate focused on the proposals for reducing the number of councillors, imposing term limits and the power of recall. Despite this, the proposals […]

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New approaches to public services in Wales

There has been increasing interest in the potential for social businesses to deliver public services in Wales. The Welsh Co-operatives and Mutuals Commission pointed to the need for a transformation in public services and argued that social businesses are well-suited to do this. This year’s Reforming Local Government White Paper also proposed a model of […]

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