Co-operatives North West News May 2014

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

...more free resources and events

1. Events

Co-ops North West Welcomes Three New Member Co-ops

CNW's Board is pleased to announce that Ethecol the card payments co-operative, Lakamka trading as The Kitchen cafe in Bolton, and One Planet in Accrington) have joined Co-ops North West's ever growing army of co-operators.

Co-operatives North West Wants Your New & Views

CNW Directors and members met on May 7th. unanimously agreeing to personally promote awareness and benefits of co-operation including:

  • Contacting members personally, asking how CNW can benefit you and how you can help to promote and support North West co-ops
  • Finding and reporting positive news stories about co-ops.

Please contact here with your news and we'll be in touch!

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

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

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.

Green Elephant Co-op's Halton Mill - a Low Carbon Workspace with a Community Feel

Shortlisted for 2014 SENW Co-op of the Year Award. Desks by the day, week or month in a friendly co-working space. Workshops currently available. A beautiful riverside venue for your meetings, events, courses, performances etc. Three miles north of Lancaster near M6 J34. View here or contact Fiona Frank here or on 07582 789406

Co-operatives Rochdale

Rochdale Social Enterprise and Co-operative Forum's recent AGM heard the Forum had helped create a vibrant local social business sector, assisted forming a community energy group, participated in Rochdale Co-operatives Day, with Rochdale Council established a Council and Mutuals Forum, supported procurement from social businesses, and increased membership. A retiring member and two new members were elected to the Forum's Management Committee. More from Andy

2. Resources

INVITATION TO TENDER - Big Enterprise in the Community & Future

Social Enterprise North West (SENW) invites bids to deliver activities for business support and training to stimulate enterprise in disadvantaged communities and under-represented groups. Major parts of the project will be:

  • enterprise stimulation in disadvantaged communities;
  • practical support for those people wishing to start new businesses;
  • support for growth of social enterprises;
  • investment readiness support

More info here

MORE Renewables Launch Third Community Share Offer

MORE Renewables, the community renewable energy co-operative for the Morecambe Bay area, has opened its third share offer - to raise £50,000 to fund a second solar PV system at Forge Bank, the Lancaster Cohousing development at Halton near Lancaster. The share offer document can be downloaded here The offer closes on 30th June

BioMass Shows Route to £250,000

Biomass Energy Coop has helped Wrexham Golf Club and Our Lady's, Stockport with successful applications to OFGEM for the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) following the installation of biomass boilers to their sites. Each site is set to receive c£250K to provide them with free hot water, heating, a surplus for 20 years and a reduced carbon footprint. To find out more visit 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

Triodos Bank in the North - Ethical Investment and Saving

Matthew Boggan, Triodos Bank's new North of England Relationship Manager, wishes to find out what the region's co-ops need to develop and grow. Triodos has been offering sustainable banking for over 30 years. It is hoped to invite Matthew to a CNW event soon. For more information on Triodos view here

Pop Up Stand For Sale

Co-ops North West pop up stand (including frame and wheely box) for sale. Bid here . The stand looks similar to this and will need new panels.

Presentations from CBC May 16th Ways Forward 2 Co-operative Renewal Conference

Keynote speeches and presentations on current issues facing the movement and the Co-op Group, including from Sir Graham Melmoth, former CEO of the Co-op Group, Meg Hillier MP, Midcounties Co-op's Patrick Gray, Plunkett Foundation's Peter Couchman and Co-ops UK's Helen Barber and Nick Matthews available 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

Andy Jessop Reports from Co-operatives North West Board Meeting 7 May

New Directors

Board Meeting 7 May welcomed new directors co-opted at last meeting: Angela Davies (Biomass Energy Co-operative) and Julie Housby (Kaleidoscope Consulting Solutions)

'Easy Membership'

Co-operatives NW to explore a process to give co-operatives in the region a choice to 'opt-for' membership of Co-operatives North West on applying for, or renewing, membership of Co-operatives UK.

Regional Co-operative Councils

Sylvia Howarth represents Co-operatives NW on meetings of RCCs convened by Co-operatives UK. The next RCC meeting is at Congress on 27 June. Sylvia will be Co-operatives NW’s delegate at Congress.

Co-operatives UK's Board

Co-operatives NW has voted for Alex Bird of Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales in the elections for Co-operatives UK’s Board.

Co-operatives Fortnight

Chair, Ann Marie Wrigley is co-ordinating Co-operatives NW's activities at Rochdale Hornet's Co-operatives Fun Day to be held on 6 July at Spotland Stadium, Willbutts Lane, Rochdale. Hornets is a co-operative Rugby League Club active in the local community. To be part of Co-operatives NW's stand, contact Ann Marie. For your own stand, contact Hornet’s CEO Ryan Bradley 01706 344545 or email hornets .

Co-operatives NW's AGM

Co-operatives NW is planning to hold its 2014 AGM in September in Cumbria. Members will receive notice of the AGM and papers by post. If your co-operative is not a member of Co-operatives NW, apply now in time to be a member and have a say in decisions at the AGM. Contact Co-operatives NW's Secretary, Andy.

Marketing Co-operatives NW

New Co-operatives NW director, Julie Housby of Kaleidoscope Consulting Solution facilitated a marketing workshop after the Board Meeting on 7 May. Actions from the workshop will be built into Co-operatives NW’s RCC strategy.


4. 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

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5...and finally

Boogie with the Cuban Co-operatives! – State Turns to Co-operatives to Boost Production. Learn more here and about agricultural co-ops here

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