Co-operatives North West News April 2014

Inuit Residents of Greenland's Niaqornat avoid the village's extinction by turning its fish factory into a co-op here

  1. Events
  2. Resources
  3. Follow Our Tweeters
  4. ..and Finally....

...more free resources and events

1. Events

Free CNW Members and Prospective Members Workshop 7 May, 1pm at Hindu Gujarat Centre, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JN

1pm Lunch
1.30pm Workshop "Marketing CNW - and the region's co-ops"
3pm - 3.30pm Biomass Energy Co-op's Angela Davies on "Commission Agreements and how they can benefit 'suppliers', 'finders', and CNW"

More information here .Want to offer commission to CNW members for finding customers for you? please contact Ann Marie.

Have Your Say: Opportunities for Co-op Group Members

Co-operative Group Members Meetings in May provide an opportunity for members to have their say ahead of the Group's AGM on 17 May. Members can go to meeting in any area (eight in North West and North Midlands) but vote only in the area they live in. More from Andy Jessop

NB Greater Manchester North Meeting 7 May, Touchstones, Rochdale. Info

CNW's 2013 members are reminded to renew their membership.

Some co-operatives have made payments but not completed and sent the form with their current details. If so, please contact Andy Jessop asap.

Co-operatives Skills Training Seminars in Manchester

Co-operatives UK is running a series of seminars to help members develop their co-operative skills, three of the seminars will be held at its offices in Holyoake House, Manchester. For more information and pricing click here

29 May Being a good co-op member
17 June Working with conflict
15 July How to manage without a manager

Save the Date! - Ways Forward 2 "Co-operative Renewal" Conference 16 May, Manchester

Keynote Speakers: Sir Graham Melmoth, Chief Executive, Co-op Group 1996-2002, Patrick Gray, Midcounties Co-operative, Peter Couchman, Plunkett Foundation, Vivian Woodell, The Phone Co-op.

Following on the successful Ways Forward conference in January, Co-operators are invited to propose and debate key goals and international best practice to take our movement forward. For more detail contact CBC.

Cooproute Call for Co-operative Culture Collaborators

Cooproute is a project co-financed by the European Commission. The project is about the creation and development of a European Route of Co-operative Culture, an itinerary going through various European countries. Rochdale Pioneers Museum are seeking applications from UK-based co-operatives who are interested in being part of the Cooproute. Further information here

Prepare for Co-operatives Fortnight 21 June to 5 July

Let us know how your co-op plans to celebrate this event or if your co-op wants to join with others to put an event on.

2. Resources

Bolton College Community Learning Ambassadors Programme Seeks Volunteers to Deliver Workshops in May

The mid week daytime 90-120 minute workshops will offer an Introduction to Co-operatives and Social Enterprises Volunteers will have their expenses paid and need a good understanding of Co-ops and Social Enterprise, experience of learning situations and be able to communicate simply and effectively. For more information visit here then contact Barbara.

FC United of Manchester Offer £300,000 Loan Stock, up to 4%pa Interest

As the football club's 4,500 capacity new stadium rises in North Manchester, its new loan stock scheme aims to borrow up to £300,000 to complete the funding programme. Organisations receive interest rates of 3% or 4%pa, depending on the term – 3 years or 5 years. The club has already successfully raised £5m+ including £1.8m in Community Shares. Interested? Contact Jo

Nominations by 30 April for First Ever Fairtrade Producer Awards

Fairtrade International is inviting nominations for the first ever Fairtrade Awards for Producers. Why not nominate one of your suppliers? The organisation, which works to secure better deals for farmers and workers, will be recognising the outstanding Fairtrade organisations and producers at its general assembly in Bonn this June.

To nominate or see more detail click here

Finance columnist Paul Gosling has pitched in at Co-op News on best practice to ensure good co-operative governance at Board level. Read all about it here

Interim guide to working with the Co-operative Group in the North West

The Co-operative Group has put a pause on much of its spending on social goals, including membership and community activities, pending its Annual General Meeting in May. To help local co-operatives assess current opportunities, Co-operatives North West has teamed up with the Co-operative North West Membership Team to provide an interim guide here

Want to Promote or Report the Lessons Learned at Your Co-op?

Members can send a short intro and the weblink to CNW with important articles about your Co-op, and Co-ops UK are always interested to hear your good news as well; so send your media releases, blogs, case studies or articles to

Co-ops UK's Microgenius Website Offers New Quick and Easy Way to Purchase Community Shares.

Whether you want to buy or sell Community Shares, Microgenius offers an excellent online solution, allowing a less cumbersome experience for purchasers. Learn how it works here. The very useful Community Shares Unit website is at

Crowdfunding Websites

NESTA now have a useful directory of crowdfunding website here

Co-ops Join One Lancashire

One LancashireAs part of Transforming Local Infrastructure, Co-ops North West and some of our members have recently helped establish an umbrella organisation in Lancashire. Organisations, including co-ops, whose business is to help establish and develop other not-for profit organisations in Lancashire can become full members of the “company limited by guarantee. Membership is temporarily free and may help you get new customers. Co-ops North West is applying to become a ‘gold’ member. More details here.

Co-operatives North West – Online Directory

Hard copies of CNW's regional directory are available to help you trade with our region's co-ops - send SAE C6 size to CNW Secretary, 29 Mizzy Road, Rochdale OL12 6HW. For larger quantities email Andy Jessop. Most NW co-ops are in the Co-operatives UK online Directory. If you aren't visit here to find out how you can be included.

3. Follow CNW and Our Tweeters

Want to follow our Tweeters? The newsletter aims, for the foreseeable future, to publicise the Twitter accounts of all Co-ops North West Members to help keep you further up to date with our members' news and views. If you are a member, why not submit your link details? If not a member, why not join us? Check us out on our website

Co-ops North West
Sustainable Change
FC United of Manchester
Arts Hub 47
GM Tree Station
Co-operative College
National Co-operative archive
Co-operative Schools
Young Co-operatives
Rochdale Pioneers Museum
Co-operative College learning and development team
Robert Owen

4...and finally

Co-operatives Stand Strong in UK Corporate Responsibility index - a reminder here


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