We are Wales’ national body for co-operatives, mutuals, social enterprises and employee owned businesses. We apply our co-operative values to strengthening communities and services as well as supporting these businesses.

We deliver major programmes on behalf of the EU (via the Welsh European Funding Office) and Welsh Government. Other funders include Comic Relief and the Nationwide Foundation. We also deliver consultancy services to a wide range of clients.

We employ over 60 members of staff who are based at offices across Wales (Caerphilly, Swansea, Carmarthen and Bangor). We are a co-operative, with an active community of members who shape the strategic direction of the Centre and democratically elect a Management Board each year.

Our Values

We are a values-led organisation. And we don’t just mean having a nice sounding list of very worthy values which are developed by the senior management team and appear on corporate literature, but have minimal, if any, impact on how the organisation operates.

We work in a sector which is guided by values and principles, so for us, it’s crucial that we don’t just pay lip service to values, but that they really do influence the way we behave and the way we deliver our services. As a result, our values and associated behaviours were developed by a cross section of staff who took inspiration from the international co-operative values. These are:

Be Co-operative – We Work Collaboratively for Mutual Benefit

  • We work co-operatively – with our immediate work teams, across the wider business and with other stakeholders
  • We share tools, resources, skills, knowledge and ideas
  • We build trust and lasting, beneficial relationships
  • We work with and for the sector

Be Supportive – We Give Our Time, Expertise and Encouragement

  • We are ready to help our clients and colleagues
  • We believe in the skills of others
  • We recognise and appreciate others
  • We look after each other’s wellbeing
  • We are mindful of the impact of our actions on others
  • We are compassionate

Be Fair – We Value Diversity and Democracy

  • We act fairly and transparently
  • We strive for fairness in business and communities
  • We treat others with respect
  • We appreciate individual differences

Have Integrity – We Strive to be Open and Honest in Everything That We Do

  • We behave ethically
  • We do the right thing
  • We uphold values
  • We are professional
  • We are accountable
  • We are environmentally responsible

Be Positive – We Invest Our Energy on Achieving Outcomes

  • We focus on solutions
  • We go the extra mile
  • We deliver to a high standard
  • We are passionate about our work
  • We learn from our mistakes

Be Inspirational – We Stimulate Businesses, Communities and People to Take Control and Reach their Potential

  • We offer chances
  • We nurture inspiration
  • We build skills and confidence
  • We drive change
  • We lead by example
  • We grow ourselves as we help others grow

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