Co-operatives North West News July 2014

The World At Our Co-operative Feet

Do Remind People - 75% of Germany's world cup winning squad were developed by and play for co-operatively owned clubs in a co-operatively owned football league. For an opinion about the English Premier League click here

  1. Events
  2. Resources
  3. Secretary's Report
  4. Follow Our Tweeters
  5. ..and Finally....

...more free resources and events

1. Events

Join Us for the Co-ops North West AGM & Conference Big Day Out! 17 September 10am-4pm, Ulverston in the South Lake District

After the Co-op Crisis: Debate the Way Forward! Free fully accessible minibus transport from Manchester provided (T&Cs apply). Hosted by Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership. Free Entry includes lunch. More details here or to book your free place click on Barbara Places are strictly limited, early booking essential. Fancy Staying Over? Click here

FC United Co-op & Labour Movement New Stadium Site Visit 12 noon 30 July

Co-ops are invited to visit FC United’s new Broadhurst Park stadium where construction is well under way. Talk to the club about its work, stadium plans at the Miners Community Arts Centre before being shown around the new ground. Places limited, To book contact FCUM

Rochdale Pioneers Museum 'Co-operation on Wheels' exhibition until 25 October

The exhibition celebrates the Tour de France racing through Rochdale Borough on 6 July. Exhibits explores the link between cycling and co-ops. There are a range of bikes and cycling memorabilia on display, from original Co-operative Wholesale Society delivery bikes to one of the latest road bikes used by professionals. For more information contact Jenny

Preston City Council and UCLan Seek Co-op Research Support

Preston Council and UCLan are planning a research project on co-operation, comparing organisations that are registered co-operatives with non registered bodies that see informal co-operation as a major part of their culture. The project is the initial research to a potentially larger scheme funded by the EU URBACT programme, to be submitted in 2015. All interested, please contact Gordon Benson

2. Resources

Wigan Council - The Deal for Communities Investment Fund: Deadline 15 August

Grants up to £250,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations in Wigan for projects focusing on children and young people, people with complex needs, older people or building community hubs. Council support session for potential applicants: 5 August (6pm) - Sunshine House Community Centre, Vauxhall Road, Wigan, WN1 3SA. To book a place or get more detail email here

St Helens Cultural Hubs – WORDS Arts Commission: Deadline 4 August

Procurement opportunity to deliver drama/theatre/writing/arts engagement activities with young people in St Helens in non-traditional arts settings. Applicants must go through The Chest Procurement Portal which has further details.

Grants for Projects Creating Real & Systemic Social Change: Deadline 8 September

Up to £5,000 of Edge Fund grants are available to support efforts to achieve social, economic and environmental justice and to end UK imbalances in wealth and power. Enquire at 0776 712 6915 or 0300 123 1965 or email Edge Fund

Biomass Energy Coop Launch New Ground-Breaking Products

Biomass's Dena range of pneumatic conveyers, silos and accessories for the biomass industry and beyond. is available in a variety of sizes and brings innovative solutions to moving pellets and biomass from store to boiler. Biomass boilers are available from 15-600 Kw and have the facility to burn wood chip, straw, grain, olive kernel and wood pellets.

Ask a Question to the Big Society Capital Investment Team

Big Society Capital want to help charities and social enterprises in using social investment by providing information and signposting to sources of support or funding where appropriate. To ask a simple question about social investment, or information on appropriate help and support, click here . They will do their best to answer it within a week.

About New CNW Member: Lakamka

Lakamka runs an independent, not for profit, workers co-operative project with the trading name of 'The Kitchen' on Great Moor Street, Bolton. trading since 2009, it aims to produce and promote fantastic delicious, nutritious, vegetable based foods through its café project, external catering work and community education activities. Lakamka members work together and in the community using and promoting co-operative principles. More info here

FC United of Manchester Seeks Assistance to KIt-It-Out

FC has a Crowdfunding scheme to equip the commercial kitchen at its new Broadhurst Park stadium, which is due for completion by October. Those wishing to donate please click here . The stadium shell and floodlights are now up' part financed by the £2 million Community Share scheme. Eligible for a 30% EIS tax rebate, the share offer is 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-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. Secretary's Report

Invitation to members of Co-ops UK

Membership of Co-ops North West is free for members of Co-ops UK operating in the region, but some of you haven’t joined us. We’d love you to play a part promoting co-ops, supporting each other and building the region’s co-operative economy and share the benefits. If your co-op is on the list below, complete this form in time to take part in our AGM and annual regional gathering in September. Send completed application forms to the Secretary .

2bfree Limited

Four Winds Energy Co-operative

Our Life (North West) Limited

A Television Limited

Gilsland Spa Limited

Prest Bake (Prestwich Bakery)


Growing With Grace Limited

Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

Alston Wholefoods LLP

Halton Mill

Rochdale Pioneers Museum

Altham Oak and Carpentry Limited

Hawkshead and District Co-operative Society

Salford Community Leisure Limited


Hesket Newmarket Brewery Limited

Seeds for Change Lancaster Co-operative Ltd


Honey Architecture LLP

Silver Yard Gallery Limited

Baywind Energy Co-operative Limited

HR Solutions (UK) LLP

Single Step Co-operative

Bicycle Doctor Limited

Involved (Salford)

St John's Sunshine

Blencowe Community Pub

Langrove Community Housing Co-operative

Stitched Up

Carlisle Leisure Limited

Lark Lane Housing Co-operative Limited

Storth Community Co-operative Limited

Coffee Cranks Co-operative Limited

Manchester Social Centre Limited


Coniston Co-operative Society Limited

Manchester Veg People

Sunshine Care CIC

Co-operative News

Manx Co-operative (CWS) Ltd

The Beach Hut Gallery Limited

Cumbria Personal Development Associates Ltd

More Renewables

The Carbon Co-op

Cybermoor Limited

Moss Brook Growers Limited

The Home Tutoring Cooperative Limited

Easterly Wind Energy Co-operative


Three Bees Co-operative

Eighth Day Co-operative

Nenthead Community Shop Limited

Village Greens Co-op

Eloans Co-op Ltd

News from Nowhere Bookshop

Witherslack Community Shop Limited

Energy 4 All

Nick Money Ltd

Wool Clip Limited

Energy Prospects Co-operative Limited

Oikocredit International Share Foundation

Woolfest Limited

Envirolution Network Limited

Old Crown Pub (Hesket Newmarket)

Work For Change Limited

Ethical Consumer

One Blackpool


Fair 4 All



Invitation to new co-ops

Membership of Co-ops North West is free for newly registered co-ops. We welcome new members and you’ll be part of the co-op regional network. Complete this form in time to take part in our AGM and annual regional gathering in September. Send completed application forms to the Secretary .

Proud to be a co-op

We have some copies of Co-ops UK’s annual review, ‘The Co-operative Economy 2014: Untold Resilience’, to give away (postage paid). For your copy, email your postal address to the Secretary, the Secretary . When they’ve gone, they’ve gone!

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
South Manchester Credit Union
Co-operative College
National Co-operative archive
Co-operative Schools
Young Co-operatives
Rochdale Pioneers Museum
Robert Owen

4...and finally

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