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Co-operative Tour 2017
Fri 24 March 2017, 08:30 – 14:30 GMT
Co-operative Alternatives in partnership with Social Enterprise NI, is going back on the road to highlight the energy and diversity of our co-operatives and give you the chance to talk to the people who are running successful models. This follows our very successful study tour of co-operatives in Belfast in October 2015.
On Friday, March 24, we are taking a mini-bus tour from Belfast to Toomebridge, via Ballymena and back to sample products, talk to co-operators and give anyone interested in starting a co-operative the chance to learn more about them.
Starting with a breakfast of fresh baked bread and scones at Loveworks Co-operative, Macrory Centre, 130 Duncairn Gardens we will talk to the people behind this fantastic co-op which provides handcrafted bread, bike repair and gardening and landscaping services.
We will then board the bus to Breezemount Farm in Connor to talk to co-operatives skilled in Renewable Energy including Northern Ireland Community Energy (NICE), Northern Ireland’s only solar energy co-operative and Drumlin Wind Energy, a co-operative co-owning six wind turbines.
Next on the tour is Harryville in Ballymena for coffee with the Raglan Community Development and Renovation Society, which is working to raise £100,000 in community shares towards an ambitious project to create community hub, with 10 business units and exhibition area in the Slemish n tha Braid Credit Union building.
Then it’s on to Toomebridge, centre of the Northern Ireland eel fishing industry to talk to the Lough Neagh Fisherman’s Co-operative and to taste the product that is a prized delicacy all over Europe.
During the trip, we will be talking to the very successful Lacada co-op which are making a big reputation in the rapidly growing craft beer market. There will be a chance to sample some of their wonderful products.
Book your ticket now, limited spaces available.