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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Update on the Shared Prosperity Fund
Derek Walker shares an update on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund from UK Government including priorities for funding.BlogCo-operativePolicySocial enterprise
The Next Steps for Platform Co-operatives in Wales
Following the last meeting of the Cross-Party Group for Co-operatives and Mutuals, Policy and Research Officer Daniel Roberts outlines what we learned about the potential for this new type of firm and what we need to do to allow the sector to flourish.BlogCo-operativePolicyPress and opinion
Manifesto review – What does the Welsh Labour manifesto mean for social enterprise?
This May sees the Senedd elections in Wales. As political parties publish their manifestos, we will look at each manifesto in turn and consider what they mean for the sector in Wales.BlogPolicySocial enterprise
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
How Parties can put Co-operative Values at the Heart of their 2021 Manifestos.
Dan Roberts, Policy and Research Officer at the Wales Co-operative Centre, outlines the Centre’s priorities ahead of the Senedd elections in May 2021. They cover a wide range of areas, reflecting the diversity of the Centre’s work.BlogCo-operativePolicy
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
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
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
Social Enterprise: leading a more purposeful future in Wales ….. are we making a difference, are we making the right difference?
Jane Ryall is Wales Manager for UnLtd – The UK Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. In this guest blog for Social Enterprise Day, Jane talks about pulling together a meaningful action plan to help develop a stronger & more ambitious Social Enterprise sector to tackle critical issues facing Wales.BlogPolicySocial enterprise
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