Co-operatives North West News January 2014

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1. Events

Free Social-Economy Alliance Open Mic Event: Manchester 25 March 2.30-4.30

How can the next government support the social enterprise and cooperative movement? Help set out the sector’s top social and economic policy recommendations ahead of the 2015 general election. The Alliance wants opinions on the policy recommendations that will be included in its manifesto. More details here

Prestwich's Village Greens Community Share Offer open till February 3rd

Village Greens Co-op is aiming to create a community grocery co-op which will stock fresh, local and organic produce; aiming to trade ethically and honestly with growers, farmers, producers and suppliers. Based in Prestwich, a prime location to serve North Manchester, it will source organic, local and fair trade goods from sustainable sources where possible. More details 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.

Have You Joined Us? The more members that join Co-operatives North West, the stronger we all become. As our membership grows, we are able to more effectively promote, develop and sustain a thriving regional co-operative economy and community. Join here

Co-op Bank Crisis: Ways Forward for the Movement Conference Success

Over 150 co-operators and trade unionists from across the country attended the lively conference in Manchester, which was organised by Manchester-based CBC to discuss lessons of the recent crisis and how to take the co-operative movement forward. Our region was well represented. The Guardian newspaper carried a report, which can be read here

People's History Museum Hosts FC United Exhibition, Manchester 17 January - 23 February

The co-operatively owned football club is featuring in a special "FC United of Manchester: union is strength" pop-up exhibition, which highlight its ’punk football’ approach. Supporters' photographs and football memorabilia share the club’s story with visitors. The museum is also holding a walking tour through the streets of Salford to the Working Class Movement Library on Sunday 26 January. More here

"A Woman's Place is at the Match" March 14/15: Co-ops Invited to Participate in Planning

FC United of Manchester's annual celebration (as part of the International Women's Day festivities) of women's involvement at all levels of sport. It aims to involve teams, clubs, co-ops, schools and colleges. Partners include Kick it Out and Manchester County FA. Organisations are invited to register an interest contact Kate Ramsey on 07714 203243 or here


2. Resources

Co-operative Society Legislation Changes in 2014

Co-ops UK have an important briefing note on recent and forthcoming changes to legislation affecting co-operative societies. These include an increase in investment limits for co-operatives (Withdrawable Share Capital), the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, electronic registration, insolvency rescue and the investigatory powers of the register. Read about it here

Good Governance for Co-op Boards

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

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

You 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 of North West Co-ops moved

To avoid duplication, the Co-operatives North West website no longer carries a directory of North West Co-operatives. Instead there is a link from our Website to the Co-operatives UK Website, which carries a comprehensive directory of Co-ops. Most NW co-ops are already in the Co-operatives UK directory, but if you aren't visit here to find out how you can be included. 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.

3. Follow 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.

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Arts Hub 47
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National Co-operative archive
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Rochdale Pioneers Museum
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