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Who can help your co-operative grow?
Co-operatives UK’s in house specialist Legal Team provides support and advice to existing co-operatives on all aspects of governance. If you are looking to grow or change the direction of your business we are here to help you. The Legal Team offers the following services:
- Tailored, specialist advice on all aspects of corporate governance including reviewing and updating your governing document to make sure it will enable growth and change.
- Updates on policy and legislative changes so you know how your co-operative may be affected and what, if anything, you need to do.
- Affordable training and events to develop your people and help your co-operative grow and improve.
As well as our in house specialist legal team, Co-operatives UK is at the heart of a national network of co-operative advisors who can help you start and grow your co-operative business.
The Co-operative Enterprise Hub has been set up by The Co-operative Group as a one-stop shop for free advice, training and access to finance for existing co-operatives. Services are delivered, free of charge, throughout the UK by experienced co-operative development advisers.
The Enterprise Hub can help your co-operative if you are experiencing rapid growth, developing a new product, service or market or looking to move premises. You must be based in the UK, incorporated and a co-operative to be eligible for support.
Your local Co-operative Development Body (CDBs). CDBs are based all over the UK and provide specialist advice for new start and growing co-operatives, including through the Co-operative Enterprise Hub. Find an advisor near you.
For advice on…
- Agriculture, contact the Food and Farming Foundation (through EFFP) or if in Scotland the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society.
- Community owned shops and pubs contact the Plunkett Foundation.
- Credit unions, contact the Association of British Credit Unions and UK Credit Unions.
- Education and schools, The Co-operative College.
- Local food, including food co-ops, CSAs, farmers’ markets, country markets and other community owned food enterprises visit the Making Local Food Work website.
- Football, rugby and supporter ownership in sport, Supporters Direct.
- Housing, the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations Ltd and Radical Routes.
- Renewable energy, Energy4All, CoRE, h2ope and Sharenergy.