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The future of co-operatives and mutuals in Wales – have your say in North Wales
The Welsh Co-operatives and Mutuals Commission has published its report, which makes recommendations on growing and developing the co-operative and mutual economy in Wales, in order to create jobs and wealth.
The full report is available at http://wales.gov.uk/topics/businessandeconomy/welsh-coop-mutuals-commission/?lang=en.
The report makes extensive recommendations on:
Education approaches and delivery
Business support and development
Financial support for co-operative development and employee owned businesses
Land and Assets
Leadership and networking
What are your views?
The Welsh Government has commissioned a consultation process following the report’s publication. There will be three consultation events across Wales, facilitated by the Wales Co-operative Centre, which are free to attend. Places for the events can be booked here.
Who should attend?
Existing co-operatives, mutuals, social enterprises and employee owned businesses
Organisations supporting or representing co-operatives, mutuals, social enterprises and employee owned businesses
Education establishments – higher and further education
Key government and public sector agencies
Representative business organisations and professional bodies
Financial institutions and funders
Other third sector agencies
Organisations and individuals representing key equality groups
If you cannot attend the events, a questionnaire will also be available.
When & Where
Wales Co-operative Centre
The Wales Co-operative Centre is Wales’ national body for co-operatives, mutuals, social enterprises and employee owned businesses. We apply our co-operative values to strengthening communities and services as well as supporting these businesses.
For over thirty years, we’ve helped organisations and communities by providing responsive, reliable and flexible support.
Our work covers two broad areas.
- We support Wales’ economic growth by providing a comprehensive range of services to co-operatives, mutuals, social enterprises and employee owned businesses. We have been doing so successfully for over thirty years. As well as recognising the value of co-operatives as a business model, we also believe that the principles of co-operation can be applied to the traditional business sector for the benefit of the wider economy. Co-operation can act as a business advantage. As experts in co-operation, we have a role in supporting traditional businesses to gain a co-operative advantage from applying co-operative values and principles to their businesses, for example through consortia working.
- The Centre has considerable experience of delivering innovative programmes that strengthen communities and promote inclusion in a variety of different ways. We helped establish many of Wales’ credit unions and continue to work closely with the credit union movement to promote financial inclusion. The Wales Co-operative Centre is the leading organisation delivering digital inclusion interventions in Wales and currently delivers Digital Communities Wales on behalf of Welsh Government