Co-operatives North West News March 2014

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  1. Events

  2. Resources

  3. Follow Our Tweeters

  4. ..and Finally....

...more free resources and event

1. Events

Free CNW Members and Prospective Members Workshop Growing the Region's Co-operative Sector 7 May Hindu Gujarat Centre, Preston


  • What are the opportunities for coops in the NW?

  • Where do we want to position co-ops?

  • What does CNW need to change /do more/less of?

  • What do people want from CNW membership?

  • A shared vision for CNW..Business opportunities, support and funding

For more information contact Barbara

UKCreditUnions Conference and AGM, Blackpool 21 to 23 March

UKCreditUnions Ltd are celebrating their 10th Anniversary at their forthcoming Conference and AGM to be held in Blackpool. Dawn Vear. Operations Manager, said: "we are thrilled to be celebrating our 10th anniversary with our members and guests, our conference has a full programme of credit union related topics and some very inspirational speakers, we will be rounding off the conference with a celebratory Gala dinner" More at

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

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

How can the next government support the social enterprise and co-operative 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

Save the Date! - Ways Forward 2 “Co-operative Renewal” Conference 16/17 May Manchester

Following on the successful Ways Forward conference in January, Co-operative Business Consultants calls on co-operators to come together and identify key goals and identify 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

FC United's Youth United Day 12 April, Gigg Lane, Bury

The football club's unique annual celebration brings together 1,000 youth to celebrate youth achievements. All under 18s are admitted free of charge to enjoy activities including music performances, drama, dance, music, banner and flag making workshops, climbing wall, badge making and face painting then watch FCUM play Buxton. Know young people interested in participating? Contact FCUnited

Co-operatives North West Welcomes Five New Members

The CNW Board meeting recently accepted membership applications from three new North West co-operatives:

  • Biomass Energy Co-operative “We are a leading co-operatively owned business that specialises in the installation of biomass boiler systems. We are committed to providing green, sustainable energy solutions in a fair and commercially attractive way so that all can benefit. We have already helped a number of community groups, churches, schools, sports and social clubs to realise the benefits of renewable energy solutions.”

  • Tanzeem Co-operative “We represent homeworkers with a wide variety of skills from across the Borough of Rochdale. We ensure they get fair terms of employment and that you get the skills that you need. As homeworkers, most of our work is done from home. However, we can come and work from your home or business if it better suits the task or your requirements.”

  • Vistaveg "We are a grower’s co-operative based in Crosby Ravensworth, Cumbria. We grow high-quality, responsibly-grown vegetables for people who care about where & how their food is produced. We sell to local families through a box scheme, and also supply wholesale to local businesses. We lead growing clubs in local primary schools & healthy eating courses."

CNW is also proud to have two new Associate Members:

  • The University of Central Lancashire
  • Preston City Council

What about getting your college or local authority to join our ranks? As our membership grows, we are able to more effectively promote, develop and sustain a thriving regional co-operative economy and community. Join 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

Employment and Volunteering Opportunities at Unlimited Potential

Last Call - More information here

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

Rochdale Pioneers Museum Accreditation success

Rochdale Pioneers Museum is celebrating after the announcement that Arts Council England has renewed their Museum Accreditation. Accreditation demonstrates that the Museum has met a national standard. It enables museums and governing bodies to assess their current performance, and it supports them in planning and developing their services. It strengthens applications for public and private funding and gives investors confidence in the organisation.

Liverpool Vision Offers Liverpool-based Co-operatives- FREE Development Support

More information available from Jeremy Spencer, Entrepreneurship Manager and 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 Lancashire

As 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

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Co-operatives North West is funded by trading income and the Co-operative Enterprise Hub.