Co-operatives North West News November 2014

Heard the One about the Actress, the Bishop.... and Credit Unions? Listen Here

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

...more free resources and events

1. Events

CBC Conference Ways Forward 3: A New Era for Co-operative Development 23 Jan 

At FC United’s new stadium in Manchester, delegates will have the chance to be inspired by international speakers, contribute, influence, exhibit, network tour FC United’s new stadium and more. For more information or to register click here. Please contact if you would like to sponsor or contribute to assist the conference.

Manchester Co-operators’ City Centre Social: From 5pm, Nov 19

Shy or Not Shy? Ditch the Facebook for the Flesh! Co-operators across Greater Manchester are invited to spend the evening having a drink and a natter at The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 4LE. More detail here

Hear about WW1’s Conscientious Objectors 7pm Nov 18/19 Rochdale Pioneers Museum

England, Arise! - a performance telling the story of the Huddersfield Conscientious Objectors of the First World War and the women who supported them. More details here

Learning Together: Perspectives in Co-operative Education 9 – 4pm Dec 9 Manchester

The event aims to spark discussion and debate and allow co-operators to share best practice and learn together in the co-operative spirit. Registration costs: £95. More details here

FC United becomes First Football Club to be a Living Wage Employer

Supporter-owned football club, FC United of Manchester, has been accredited by The Living Wage Foundation as a Living Wage employer - the first ever football club. It will see everyone working at FC United, including permanent employees and third-party contractors, receive a £7.65 minimum hourly wage, significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50. More here 

2. Resources

Goodbye to CNW Project Manager:

Co-ops North West would like to record our heartfelt thanks and best wishes to Barbara Davidson as she stands down as CNW development worker due to increased caring responsibilities within her family. For the past several years Barbara planned and organised events, managed contracts, kept records and drew up reports to ensure that CNW met our responsibilities to our members and our contractors.

Future Directions for Co-operatives North West? Your Views Sort

With the cut in core funding previously provided by the Co-op Group’s Enterprise Hub, CNW’s income is much reduced. Uncertainty over future income means we are unable to recruit a replacement Project Manager (see above), which means changing how we work. At the last board meeting directors discussed ways to reduce our ongoing expenditure, and to re-invigorate our organisation. We want your views on what CNW can do to support you and promote the co-operative movement.

CNW Board Seeking Event Partners

September’s CNW conference was a great success thanks to partners at Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership and Cybermoor. We want to work with partners around the region who are planning conferences. Let us know if you are arranging anything with which we can combine the opportunity to spread the word about co-ops and hold our Board meetings. We can help to find workshop facilitators and deliver Principle 6 activities.

Comic Relief Local Communities Programme - Merseyside & Lancashire Grants 

Grants between £1,000 and £10,000 available for sports/community projects in Merseyside and Lancashire that empower local people and enable them to create lasting change in their communities. Applications reviewed at a panel meeting in February.

More detail here for Merseyside and Lancashire

Energy Scheme Mentoring Available

MORE Renewables, the community renewable energy co-operative for the Morecambe Bay area, has been appointed as a mentor on the Energy Mentoring scheme run by Co-operatives UK.  This means they can offer support to newer community energy groups in the region.  Anyone wanting help with community-owned renewable energy should apply at

David Wilson Homes North West - Our Space, Your Place Grants

Grants up to £1000 available to local community groups and schools in the North West for projects that will genuinely enhance or improve services, facilities or the environment within their local area. Deadline: 21 November More information here

Manchester City Council - Grants to Promote 20 mph Zones

Small grants of up to £200 are available for Manchester’s constituted voluntary and community groups, schools, and residents associations to hold an event or activity that promotes the benefits of 20 mph speed limits in their community. Phone Customer and Community Engagement Team 0161 274 6422 or email: here

Power To Change: Funding Support for Community-Led Enterprises

Power to Change is a new initiative which will invest up to £150 million to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises across England. The programme is being provided by Locality, UnLtd and Plunkett Foundation and funded by the Big Lottery Fund in association with Power to Change. Support includes expert guidance, a free roadshow and online learning.  It will be delivered by an independent Trust to be established later this year. Learn more at

Local Grants for Bury Groups

Grants up to £5000 are available to small local community based groups in Bury for grass-root community activity that make Bury a better place to live.  Projects should address at least one of Bury Council’s thematic priorities: Reducing poverty and its effects, supporting its most vulnerable residents or making Bury a better place to live. Apply by 15 January. More details here

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 .

FC United's New Stadium Progresses: Function & Event Rooms for Hire

To Book for meetings, conferences or functions (from December 2014) contact Amanda

CNW Member Reduces .coop Domain Prices

During the CNW "Co-operation Now!" event, heard concern at the price of .coop domains. We listened. Having negotiated with our suppliers, we're delighted to announce significant reduction in the price from £75 to £64 per year. You can transfer existing domains and benefit. We can make you a web site, too. Visit or email

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

Sub-Regional Co-op Networks Needed?

Is there a need for Co-op networks on a smaller geographical footprint that the North West of England? If you think so how can we make this happen? Let us know what you think via the website or social media.

3. Co-ops North West Secretary's Report

October’s Board Meeting

The CNW Board met on 22 October in Preston. Directors Ann Marie Wrigley (Chair), Anne Chapman, Andrew Jessop, Michael Kaye, Bill Knowles and Dawn Vear were present. Jo Bird from Co-operative Business Consultants also attended for an item.

Election of Officers and Representatives

Ann Marie, Andy, Dawn and Gareth Nash were affirmed as Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-Chair for another year, in the absence of other candidates. Ann Marie was also affirmed as CNW’s rep on Social Enterprise North West’s Board. Sylvia Howarth was affirmed as CNW’s rep to attend meetings of the Regional Co-operative Councils. No change there!

Finders’ Fees to be Shared with CNW

The Board adopted arrangements for ‘Finders’ fees’ (commission) paid by ‘Supplier Members’ of CNW to ‘Finder Members’ of CNW for sourcing contacts that lead to sales to be shared with CNW.

Individual Co-operators to be Members?

The Board has decided that individual co-operators should be able to be members of CNW. A General Meeting will be held, provisionally on 23 January, to propose to Members that CNW’s articles be amended to enable individuals who are a member of a co-operative in the North West and support the objects of CNW to become Members. The aim is for individual co-operators to play their part in developing the co-operative economy in the region. To protect the interests of co-operatives, it will be proposed that the maximum number of individual members on CNW’s Board be limited.

No increase in Annual Membership Fee

The annual fee for CNW Members and Associates that are neither Members of CUK nor started trading in the last twelve months (for whom no fee is charged) is to remain at £25, the Board decided.

Protecting Your Data

As a ‘not for profit voluntary organisation’, CNW need not register under the Data Protection Act, but has adopted the data protection principles specified in the Act.

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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South Manchester Credit Union
Sustainable Change
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5...and finally

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