Posts about Co-operatives

Exit with pride, profit with purpose – Have you sorted out your business succession plan yet?

Written by David Madge, Social Business Wales – Find out more about succession options at our seminar on May 24th 2018 Nearly 75% of welsh business owners haven’t planned for the future transfer of their business. Many business owners in Wales see the growth and nurture of their businesses as a long-term commitment and devote […]

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How to work in partnership in a housing co-operative

From Vicky Watts – Old Oak Housing Co-op – Carmarthen My experience was that we were going to build a co-operative scheme and had to find the interested members through recruitment. Our development (construction) process began some time before we recruited the members; Welsh Government had offered funding, Carmarthenshire Council took it on, earmarked a site, […]

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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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Goodbye 2017, hello 2018

2017 was a busy, productive year at the Wales Co-operative Centre. We took the opportunity to review our strategy in light of Brexit and other changes to the policy and funding environment in which we work. As a result our purpose is now broader. We retain our leading position as Wales’s social business development agency […]

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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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Newport housing co-op member stars in volunteer awards

Many thanks to Jill Stringfellow, Co-operative Housing Development Manager at POBL Group, for sharing this story with us. The story is about Luana Dee, a member of the Loftus Village Housing Co-operative, who has won a Highly Commended Award through the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO) Volunteer Recognition Scheme. A housing co-operative is not […]

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New website will help develop collaborative, co-operative and inclusive care and wellbeing services in Wales

A new digital toolkit has been launched today to help local communities and voluntary groups to develop co-operatives delivering personal care and well-being services. The Care to Co-operate online toolkit (www.care.wales.coop) provides advice and resources to groups who want to set up or run care and wellbeing services in a more collaborative, co-operative and inclusive […]

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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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