Friday 21 June
**Speakers that are underlined have a presentation linked.
12.30 - 13.30 - Can unions play a role at the centre of co-ops?
Alex Bird, Consultancy Co-op - David Barnard, Musicians Union - Anita Mangan, University of Bristol
Co-ops and Unions are like estranged family members, we have a long shared history, values and aspire to similar goals, we just go about it differently. This session will present the concept of the Union Co-op Model, as pioneered by the US Steel Workers Unions and Mondragon, before moving into a wider discussion of the opportunities for Trade Unions and Co-operatives to work better, together.
13.30 - 14.30 - Inspiring women in co-operatives
Rebecca Harvey, Co-op News
How have women made a difference to co-ops – and co-ops made a difference to women? Rebecca and colleagues will talk about women who have inspired them, and give an update on the Co-operatives Women's Challenge. Followed by drinks and open networking, this is a chance to meet other co-operative women in Manchester for the Congress weekend. It is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, or meet new people if it's your first time at the event.
13.30 - 14.30 - Co-operatives Unleashed: as seen from the grassroots
Anna Peachey, Plymouth City Council - Chris Penberthy, Plymouth City Council
A key pledge by Plymouth City Council’s administration is to double the local Co-operative economy. This workshop is part of a CCIN Policy Lab that will inform how we and others can do that. With your input we would like to learn from other peoples’ experiences in supporting co-ops to develop and grow. This interactive session will also provide you with the opportunity to take back valuable learning to your own region, network and sign up to receive the report.
14.30 - 15.30 - The Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester - Paul Gerrard, The Co-op - Cllr Angeliki Stogia, Manchester City Council - Mark Simmonds, Co-operative Development Advisor - Simon Parkinson, Co-operative College
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham wants to create ‘the most co-operative place in the UK’. Hear an update on progress made by the newly formed Greater Manchester Co-op Commission, learn how you can have input into helping co-ops grow and expand into new sectors of the region’s economy, and take back important learning to your own region.