Congress 2018: What's happening

Keynote speakers

We're assembling a line-up of inspiring speakers to deliver on a range of topics. Diana Dovgan, Secretary General of CECOP – CICOPA Europe, will be one of the speakers, giving her perspective on practical policy to increase the UK's co-op economy. 

Unfound accelerator pilot pitches  

Successful applicants to the recently launched pilot accelerator, UnFound, will be pitching Dragon's Den style for financial support at a live crowdfunding session. The pilot has been created to support digital ‘platform' co-operatives that are democratically owned by their members or users – and there's still time to apply

Co-operative of the Year Awards

The winners of our annual Co-operative of the Year Awards for the UK's best co-ops will be announced and presented with their prizes. They're voted for by the people who run, use and support co-operatives. Nominations will open on 2 April – and there's a new category this year too. 

Workshop sessions

Useful, inspiring and informative, our workshops will explore the major themes of this year's Congress – community wealth buliding and the roles of digital 'platform' co-ops. And there will also be invaluable, practical sessions to arm members with specialist knowledge and skills to run their co-ops effectively.

Networking opportunities

Well established as an excellent forum for networking, Congress gives attending co‑operatives the opportunity to get together with others in their sector to make connections, share ideas and engage in discussion.