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Business support for co-ops – discover co-ops

FREE webinars and workshops to inspire people and communities to find fairer, more equitable ways of living and working. 

Co-ops do business differently. They’re suitable for people looking to challenge the status quo and find fairer, more equitable ways of working. Co‑ops are owned and controlled by their members, giving people a share in the success of the business. 

These webinars are an introduction to the co-op business model – and will provide a launchpad for starting a co‑op business. This series is brought to you through Business Support for Co-ops – Co-operatives UK and The Co-operative Bank supporting fair and ethical business together.

FREE webinars and events

The following are online (via Zoom) unless otherwise stated:

Thursday 2 February 2023, 1-2pm. The arts and cultural industries make an important contribution to the economy. Yet there are plenty of challenges for people within this sector – with squeezed funding, digitisation and unstable freelance work, sustaining careers, spaces, opportunities and morale can be a challenge.  

That’s where co-ops can help. They can empower creativity, create work opportunities, preserve vital spaces and provide support that empowers individuals to thrive within their chosen field of work. Join us for this webinar to find out more. Sign up here. 

Wednesday 8 February 2023, 1-2pm. Job insecurity and precarious working have proliferated with the rise of digital platforms like Uber and Deliveroo. Meanwhile, the tech giants behind digital platforms dominate markets and make huge profits.

But there’s a fairer alternative: platform co-ops – democratically owned and controlled businesses that use an online platform or mobile app to trade. They’re built on co‑operative principles and values, making them a fairer way to do business digitally. Join this webinar hosted by Co-operatives UK’s Ludovica Rogers for this FREE one-hour webinar to find out more. Sign up here

This webinar is being delivered in partnership with Co‑operative Development Scotland, part of Scottish Enterprise.

Thursday 9 February 2023, 11-3:30pm. Do you work in the arts, culture and creative industries in the South Yorkshire region? Then this session at Danum Gallery, Library and Museum in Doncaster might be for you! 

According to the latest official figures, there are some five million self-employed people in the UK – more than at any time since records began. That’s 15% of the workforce.

It makes good business sense for self employed people to join forces, form co-ops and enjoy benefits such as shared costs, resources, knowledge and expertise. Co-ops enable their members to have access to fairer, more decent work, as well as a share of the profits. And by coming together, freelancers can bid for larger scale tenders, gain access to new markets and innovate through sharing creative ideas. 

Join this workshop in Doncaster to hear from co-ops and discover how it’s benefitted their working lives.

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Being run in partnership with the Ownership Hub of South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

Thursday 16 February 2023, 1-2pm. According to the latest official figures, there are some 4 million self-employed people in the UK. Whatever their reasons for being self-employed, they have this in common: they’re more likely to have unstable incomes and to miss out on social protections such as pensions, insurance and sick pay.

But there is a way to enjoy a thriving, autonomous and secure career: co‑ops. Forming a co‑op makes good business sense. Freelancers who’ve joined forces to set up co-ops have benefitted in many ways – from sharing costs, skills, knowledge and risk, to gaining new opportunities and enjoying peer support. Join this webinar to find out more. Sign up now

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Job insecurity and precarious working have proliferated with the rise of digital platforms like Uber and Deliveroo. Meanwhile, the tech giants behind digital platforms dominate markets and make huge profits.

But there’s a fairer alternative: platform co-ops – democratically owned and controlled businesses that use an online platform or mobile app to trade. They’re built on co‑operative principles and values, making them a fairer way to do business digitally. Watch this webinar hosted by Co-operatives UK’s Ludovica Rogers for this FREE one-hour webinar to find out more. WATCH WEBINAR

Offering Hope to Future Generations, a report from Co‑operatives UK, has found that mental health, job security, career prospects, a lack of control over working lives and climate change are major causes of stress in young people. But there is a solution: co‑ops. The co‑op model gives members ownership and control, which aids mental health and wellbeing significantly.

This webinar will hear from young people who have been involved in or founded a range of co‑ops. Discover how co‑ops can empower young people and provide opportunities to help them build successful, fulfilling lives. WATCH WEBINAR.

The last decade has seen an increase in the number of community owned co‑ops across the UK. Co‑ops are democratic businesses that allow local communities to take control of the services and spaces that matter most to them. They enable people to pool resources to trade goods and services that benefit the community. Watch this webinar to hear from co-ops that provide solutions, spaces and services that benefit communities. WATCH WEBINAR

The co-op model, based on equity, fairness and transparency, has proved particularly suitable for businesses with environmental aims. Co-ops are a grass roots force for climate action. Hear from speakers from Repowering London, Carbon Co-op and Bristol Wood Recycling Project in this introductory webinar working collaboratively to tackle the climate emergency. WATCH WEBINAR

 

We’ll be adding more introductory webinars throughout 2023. Follow Co-operatives UK on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram to be the first to hear. 

Why co-ops?

Sharing ownership not only boosts morale and productivity, it harnesses innovation – and research suggests that co‑ops are far more resilient. Something that’s not very widely known is that co‐operatives in the UK are very resilient – they were five times less likely to stop trading in 2021, compared to businesses generally. Worker-owned co‐ops also tend to create more jobs than other forms of business.

Offering Hope to Future Generations, a report from Co‑operatives UK, also recommended co-ops as solution to the challenges young people face: mental health, job security, career prospects, a lack of control over working lives and climate change. The co‑op model gives members ownership and control, which aids mental health and wellbeing significantly.

Support for starting a co-op

Co-operatives UK offers business support designed to help you start or grow your co-op – thanks to our partnership with The Co-operative Bank, supporting fair and ethical business.

If you have a business idea:

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