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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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Specialist business advice for social enterprises is essential…we would say that, but it is true.
Dan Roberts, Policy and Research Officer at the Wales Co-operative Centre, explains why.BlogFoundational economyPolicyPress and opinionSocial enterprise
“Building back better requires Social Enterprise to be at the heart of the post-COVID-19 Economy”
Bold 10 year vision and action plan for the Welsh social enterprise sector is unveiledBlogFoundational economySocial enterprise
Rebuilding the Welsh Economy post Covid-19
Now is the time to grow the co-operative economy in order to change, adapt and build back better, writes Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport. #KeepCooperatingBlogCo-operativeCovid-19Foundational economy
Inquiry: The Welsh economy and Covid-19
The Welsh Affairs Committee recently launched an inquiry into the economic consequences for Wales of Covid-19, and the support needed to support businesses now and in the future. Policy and Communications Manager Catherine Evans summarises the Centre’s response.BlogCovid-19Foundational economyPolicySocial 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
Join the social business movement in 2020
Social Business Wales aims to create 200 brand new social businesses in Wales over the next three years, providing quality jobs and essential services anchored in communities.NewsFoundational economySocial enterprise
Why social enterprises are key to the foundational economy
The foundational economy is defined as including activities that provide essential goods and services for everyday life. Examples of foundational economy businesses include grocery shops, childcare facilities and construction companies.BlogFoundational economyPolicySocial enterprise
£3 million EU funds to support new Social Business Wales project
EU funds totalling £3 million will support a new project which will help create new social businesses across West Wales and the Valleys, the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters, has announced.BlogFoundational economySocial enterprise
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
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
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