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Statement from Glenn Bowen, Wales Co-operative Centre’s Director for Enterprise
Social enterprises are not alone. Social Business Wales and its team of expert advisors are on hand to provide help with enquiries about cash flow, HR, digital platforms, marketing and communications and a range of other areas which might need re-thinking in light of the current situationBlogCo-operativeNewsSocial enterprise
Can new approaches to procurement help build the foundational economy in Wales?
Local procurement could create stronger local supply chains and build wealth in communities across Wales. A recent Assembly Committee explored how this could be improved in Wales. We’ve summarised some of the Committee’s main findings. Let us know what you think about the Committee’s findings and recommendations to help inform our future policy positions on procurement.BlogCo-operativeFoundational economyPolicySocial enterprise
With it being over a decade since Wales’ first community housing mutual was formed in the South Wales Valleys, our Co-op Housing Project Manager Dave Palmer reflects with Trivallis’ Chief Executive Ian Thomas, on what matters the most as a community mutual in 2020.BlogCo-operativeHousing
New Bill to benefit Co-operatives in Parliament
James Wright is Policy Officer at Co-operatives UK. In this guest blog, he describes the newly proposed Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies (Environmentally Sustainable Investment) Bill and what it might mean for co-operatives in the UK.BlogCo-operativePolicy
Making the case for social businesses delivering the Well-being of Future Generations Act
Social businesses should be ideally placed to help public bodies deliver the Well-being of Future Generations Act. But how can we help public bodies to understand social businesses and how we can help them deliver the Act? This blog includes links to tools and resources that can help social businesses in their conversations with public bodies. Try them out and let us know if they are useful in your conversations.BlogCo-operativePolicySocial enterprise
Benefits of co-operative and community-led housing
Recent research about the potential benefits of living in that co-operative and/or community led housing (CCLH) shows how to develop and stimulate demand for the co-operative and community-led housing approach throughout Wales.BlogCo-operativeHousing
New research reveals the benefits of living in co-operative or community led housing (CCLH)
New research released by Wales Co-operative Centre, with support from the Nationwide Foundation, has found that residents experience improved mental well-being and happiness as well as skills development from living in co-operative and community led housing (CCLH) schemes.HousingCo-operativeNews
New £1m programme to support the development of co-operative and community-led homes for people in need in Wales
The Wales Co-operative Centre has been awarded a further three years funding, totalling £1 million, to support the development of co-operative and community-led housing in Wales.HousingCo-operativeNews
Welsh business owners urged to avoid a ‘close shave’ with their company’s future by going employee-owned
A new campaign launches today, on Employee Ownership Day, to encourage more Welsh businesses to consider this progressive and forward looking approach to succession planning.Co-operativeEmployee ownershipNews
Access to banking: Why do we need a community bank?
In the face of bank branch closures across Wales, how could a community bank help to ensure that communities and small businesses have access to banking services?BlogCo-operativePolicy
Building a Vision Together – what can social enterprise do for Wales?
Wales needs a strong social enterprise sector to tackle the challenges of the next decade and to seize new opportunities. Wales already has a vibrant and diverse social enterprise sector, but it could do more. We think that Wales should be one of the best places to start and grow a social enterprise and be part of and help build a movement for change.BlogCo-operativeFoundational economySocial enterprise
‘The whoosh effect’: a letter to Lee Waters
Derek Walker, of the Wales Co-Operative Centre, writes an open letter to the Welsh Government’s new Deputy Minister for Economy and TransportBlogCo-operativeEmployee ownership