Posts about Business

Leading re-use social enterprise awarded £500,000 to open new base in the Valleys

Toogoodtowaste is thrilled to announce that it has been successful with its application to the Big Lottery People and Places Fund, and has secured a grant of £500,000 to open a showroom, workshops and community space in Treorchy. Nearly three years ago the social enterprise purchased the Former Education Centre on Horeb Street, in the […]

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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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Bringing thoughts on co-op housing from the other side of the world

We’ve received a guest blog from Leonie Ramondt, who is the Royal Society of the Arts Cymru / Wales Fellowship Councillor and leads on their Wellbeing Project here in Wales. In this post, Leonie draws upon her experience of co-op housing in Australia, with hopes for her new home in Swansea. She also looks into […]

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Direct Payments – Some real progress but so much further to go….

Vin West has been a parent and carer for 30 years. His daughter was the first person in Gwynedd to receive Direct Payments. He helped found the Gwynedd Direct Payments Forum in 2000 and recently supported Gwynedd Social Services, through co-producing a new Direct Payments policy and staff guidance, in line with the 2014 Social […]

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Is Employee Ownership the Golden Ticket?

On Roald Dahl Day, we discuss what Willy Wonka should have done with the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl is one of my all time favourite authors; I’ve loved him since I was a little girl. I have many fond memories of my brother and I sitting on our parents’ bed in our pyjamas, enraptured, as my […]

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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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Employee Owned businesses ‘keep on moving’ as they celebrate 5th EO Day

Employee Owned businesses ‘keep on moving’ as they celebrate 5th EO Day Five employee owned businesses in Wales As part of our fortnight of employee ownership themed activities we are helping the Employee Ownership Association to celebrate the 5th annual Employee Ownership Day today. EO Day is the national celebration of employee ownership and a […]

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Citizen-Provider Partnerships for care and support services

An important part of the Care to Co-operate service is supporting the development of partnerships for care and support services. One way we have been doing this is by supporting a number of third sector organisations to form partnerships, to bid collectively for Local Authority contracts. Although this is a key part of achieving a […]

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Citizen Directed Co-operatives giving people control over their care needs

From Jeff Brattan-Wilson, Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru Development Officer, Disability Wales. Photograph courtesy of Natasha Hirst. Disability Wales are often asked why are we establishing a Citizen Directed Co-operative and what this really means for people. This blog will explore the rationale behind setting up a Citizen Directed Co-operative and also provide an introduction to what we […]

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Social care project working to break mental health and poverty cycle

The Wales Co-operative Centre is currently running its fourth annual Tackling Poverty Fortnight campaign. The campaign is demonstrating a number of ways in which the Centre is helping to reduce poverty through the projects it runs, the businesses and organisations it supports and the people who are the end beneficiaries of that support. Today we […]

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