Ceri-Anne Fidler


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

Blog Posts

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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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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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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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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