News and opinion
We are a voice for the social economy in Wales. We champion inclusive and co-operative solutions. We shout about your success. Our blogs and opinion pieces feature expert voices from across the sector, whilst our news stories keep you up to date with our work and the progress of co-operation and social entrepreneurship in Wales.
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New Community Bank of Wales gaining interest
Many banks across Wales are closing, leaving people and businesses without essential financial services. A new co-operative bank could be the answer.BlogCo-operativeFinancial inclusion
Co-operatives for care
Co-operatives are part of the solution to the crisis in social care, and are growing across Wales say Rhian Davies, Chief Executive of Disability Wales, and Derek Walker, Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre.Co-operativeSocial care
New Cardiff taxi co-op ‘hailed’ a success during its first week of business
A group of Cardiff taxi drivers has come together to own a new co-operative that was launched on St. David’s Day.BlogCo-operativeEmployee ownershipFoundational economy
Co-operative housing in Wales – the story so far
Over the coming months we’re putting the spotlight on the work that we do at the Wales Co-operative Centre on co-operative and community-led housing. Through a series of blog posts, tweets and videos, we’ll profile the ‘story so far’ of co-op housing in Wales, and what the future could hold.Co-operativeBlogHousing
Will the new Welsh First Minister be good for the social economy?
The Brexit chaos in Westminster at the end of last year has overshadowed the important news that Mark Drakeford is the new Welsh First Minister. His track record, as well as a detailed leadership manifesto, provide us with a good sense of what a Drakeford government will mean for the social economy in 2019 and beyond.NewsBlogCo-operativeHousingSocial care
Why co-operatives are essential for the well-being of future generations
Vikki Howells is Assembly Member for the Cynon Valley and Chair of the Cross Party Group on Co-operatives and Mutuals. Here, Vikki reflects on a recent meeting of the group exploring the contribution of co-operatives to the well-being of future generations.BlogCo-operativePolicySocial enterprise
Developing a vision for the social economy in Wales
Some of the leading organisations supporting the social economy in Wales have started workto consider what can be done to enable social enterprises and other organisations in the social economy to play a greater role in building a more prosperous and inclusive Wales.BlogCo-operativePolicySocial enterprise
The foundational economy in Wales – briefly fading firework or key to inclusive economic growth?
At the recent Social Innovation in the Foundational Economy conference, Mark Drakeford, the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Finance, spoke about a pivotal moment for the foundational economy in Wales where there is a risk that the theory briefly blazes and fades like a firework.Co-operativeFoundational economySocial enterprise
Social Business Wales Awards celebrate ‘outstanding’ Welsh enterprises
Eight innovative social enterprises which have made an “outstanding impact across Wales” have been recognised at this year’s Social Business Wales Awards.Co-operativeSocial enterprise