The only event of its kind, the Practitioners Forum offers professional training for people working in key functions in co-operative businesses.
An annual event, it takes place this year on Thursday 19 November in central Manchester and is made up of a series of specialist forums, with delegates able to focus on one stream or mix and match through the day.
The Communications forum focuses on communications and marketing best practice for co-operatives and is relevant for those involved in everything from internal comms to digital marketing.
The Finance forum is a unique look at key issues in finance for co-operative businesses, and will provide professional development for all those responsible for accounts and the finance function.
The Governance forum is a specialist stream looking at successful governance for co-operatives, relevant to secretaries of co-operatives and those involved in corporate administration and governance.
The HR forum allows those responsible for HR - whether dedicated HR professionals or managers with HR responsibilities - to share innovation and learning from industry experts.
The Membership forum allows those who recruit and engage members, whether membership managers and officers or those involved in wider community engagement, to network with and learn from one another.
"A great opportunity to spend time and learn from other organisations with the same mutual values. Delegates asked fantastic questions and shared experiences in an open and co-operative environment." Stephen Uden, Nationwide Building Society
The Practitioners Forum, is just £99 plus VAT for members of Co-operatives UK. It offers a unique professional development opportunity for co-operative practitioners, enabling delegates to learn from experts and network with their peers.
"It was a great opportunity to speak to like-minded individuals and stimulate discussion about new opportunities to engage with our customers, members and employees – on themes that are relevant to all co-operatives." Gail Lyon, The Co-operative Group