Ceri-Anne Fidler


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

Blog Posts

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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Prosperity for All: the role of social businesses in the new national strategy

  This week, Welsh Government published its national strategy to deliver its key priorities for the rest of the Assembly term. It sets out commitments and actions aimed at creating prosperity for all and improving well-being in Wales. In this blog we highlight key points from the new strategy, explore how social businesses can help […]

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We want your views – small business rates relief scheme for Wales

  In April 2018, Welsh Government will introduce a permanent new rates relief scheme for small businesses. They are now seeking views on these proposals. We’ve summarised the main proposals and our thoughts on some of these below. If you’re a social business working in Wales, we’d be grateful for your views on these proposals […]

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Resilient and empowered communities

In February, Welsh Government announced that it will develop a new approach to building Resilient Communities to begin in April 2017 as Communities First ends. The new approach will aim to tackle the root causes of poverty and the programme will focus on three elements – early years, employment and empowerment. WCVA has produced a […]

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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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