Joanna Brown


Array, Wales Co-operative Centre

Blog Posts

Rhian charts financial inclusion progress as Champions project ends

Rhian Hughes reflects on the development of financial inclusion services during her 16 years at the Wales Co-operative Centre This month sees the end of the Financial Inclusion Champions project in Wales and, as the North Wales Financial Inclusion Champion, I will be saying farewell to the Wales Co-operative Centre after 16 years. I started […]

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A Personal View of Co-operative Development in Wales

From Glenn Bowen, Director of Enterprise at Wales Co-operative Centre 2017 is a milestone for me as it marks 20 years of involvement in the co-operative movement in Wales. I joined the Wales Co-operative Centre as a development worker in January 1997, fresh out of university with my business degree. I had gone through all […]

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Co-operation among co-operatives – what co-op housing associations can learn from each other

by Dave Palmer, Co-operative Housing Project Manager, Wales Co-operative Centre The 6th International Co-operative Principal – Co-operation among Co-operatives, states that ‘Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the Co-operative Movement by working together, through local, national, regional and international structures.’ With this in mind, Glenn Bowen and Dave Palmer from the Wales Co-operative […]

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You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why… the internet is easier than you think.

For a lot of us, using the internet has become an almost essential part of our day to day lives. We take for granted the world of information and opportunity that we have at our fingertips and feel at a loss when our Wi-Fi signal drops out for even a moment. We often don’t realise […]

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Co-operative housing in Wales: building homes, creating communities, changing lives

From Tamsin Stirling, Wales Co-operative Centre board member (co-opted) In early October, I was a guest at a co-operative housing workshop facilitated by the Wales Co-operative Centre and the Confederation of Co-operative Housing. The aim of the workshop was to reflect on the progress of the Welsh co-operative housing programme to date and to look […]

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Is social business the stuff of fairy tales?

Today is Social Enterprise Day in the UK…but what exactly is social enterprise, and why does it need its own ‘hashtagged’ awareness day? To be honest, up until a few months ago, I had very little understanding of social enterprise, and could not have told you how a social business differs from other business models. […]

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