Join us!

Become a member, get involved, volunteer, and vote

As a member, you are able to attend and vote at our AGM on 29 September and any Members Meetings during the year as your co-op’s representative. You can also ask your co-op to nominate you for election to our Board at the AGM.

We hope you will get involved with us in other ways as well. We will keep you up to date with our Newsletter emailed to you during the year. You can share your news with other members through our Newsletter.

You are also help building to build the region’s co-operative community and increase our credibility as its representative organisation.

Co-operatives North West is a ‘Regional Co-operative Council’, set up by Co-operatives UK but owned and run by co-operatives and co-operative development bodies in the region.

Our mission is to promote, develop and sustain a thriving co-operative regional economy. Our purpose is to meet the needs of our members and benefit the community. Our objectives are:

  • to raise the profile of co-ops in our region
  • to represent the interests of co-ops
  • to encourage mutual support, inter-trading, sharing of best practice and peer training
  • to work with local, regional, national and international co-op networks.

In 2014, we:

Promoted co-ops
We improved our website. We sent ten newsletters to 300 co-ops in the region providing updates on info, events and resources.
Developed co-ops
We delivered co-op start up workshops to Bolton College Community Ambassadors. We consulted on a proposal for a ‘community food network’. Our annual conference, ‘Rural co-operation now’, organised jointly with Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership, includedopportunities for networking and pitching for business. Our members can now earn commission for finding contacts that lead to sales for other members.
United co-ops
We represented co-ops on the Board of Social Enterprise North West. We met with other Regional Co-operative Councils and Co-operatives UK. We took part in Co-operatives Fortnight on Radio Cumbria and at Rochdale Hornets. We supported the Co-op Party’s campaign for representation on Local Enterprise Partnerships. We submitted ‘Ideas for a co-operative sub-region’ for future EU funding for social enterprise support in Greater Manchester. We responded to the Financial Conduct Authority’s consultation on the new Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act.

 For 2015, there are more opportunities for Members and Associates to get involved in:

  • setting policies and organising activities
  • extending Membership to individuals and recruiting more Members
  • raising money and generating income
  • supporting co-op networks in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside 
  • promoting and marketing what we do.

Help us do more. Complete the application form, become a Member, get involved, volunteer and vote.

It’s what principle 6 is all about!