Is a co-operative right for you? - Cookstown

We’re offering FREE 'Is a co-operative right for you?' one-day sessions, run by expert co‑operative business advisers.

The sessions are for anyone interested in learning more about co-operatives, particularly enterprises and start-ups, as well as business advisers, researchers, community organisers and others who want to explore the co-operative option. Read on for information about the one day session.

This event takes place on 23 February 2017, Cookstown.

The event facilitator will be Co-operative Alternatives, the only body in Northern Ireland entirely devoted to developing successful co-operatives and community benefit societies.  Visit the Co-operative Alternatives website for more information.

What will the day be about?

An interactive exploration of the history and application of the co-operative enterprise model; the many different types there are and their distinctive features and advantages relative to other models. It will:

  • Outline the opportunities that a co-operative business model offers community groups and businesses
  • Help groups already looking to start a business or organisation to determine whether the co-operative option is right for them
  • Help groups identify what further work is needed to do before you are able to register as a co-operative

What attendees will learn?

  • The wide range of different types of co-operative and the sectors they operate in
  • The advantages and distinctive features of the co-operative model
  • The factors that determine the most appropriate co-operative model for a given enterprise
  • The support available to co-operative start-ups and conversions

In addition to the one-day workshop, attendees will be encouraged to visit www.thehive.coop – a business support website run Co-operatives UK in partnership with The Co-operative Bank for anyone looking to start or grow a co-operative business – and The Hive online community for new groups, new co-ops and existing co-ops to ask questions, share advice and discuss ideas.

Book your place

This event takes place on 23 February 2017, Cookstown.

Event details
Date and time
Thursday, 23 February 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Rural Community Network
38a Oldtown Street
United Kingdom
More information
Contact Leoni Merrifield
Updated: 13/01/2017