Recently I was catching up with a friend who had just come back from holiday in the USA. After describing the highlights of the sightseeing and natural beauty, she told me about an unexpected highlight from here trip: going to a “Cat Café.” That’s right: a café that serves coffee drinks with the ‘added value’ of customers getting to hang out with cats.
Co-operative Futures is a business development consultancy specialising in co-operative, mutual and community led businesses.
Whether you are starting out with an idea, looking to grow and develop your business or want to know about more about community ownership and co-operative business models we can help you.
Working with start-ups and existing companies we advise a variety of enterprises in a wide range of sectors including retail, leisure, community asset transfer, renewable energy, care and many more.
Co-operative Futures is an approved provider for the following schemes for more information contact us
USE IT! is an exciting and innovative 3 year programme, launched in early 2017, to create a new ‘place-based’ network of social enterprises and community businesses who use local assets to tackle poverty and social isolation in their local neighbourhoods across West Birmingham and Sandwell. For more information about how we can support community businesses contact us.
Community shares can save local shops and pubs, finance renewable energy schemes, transform community facilities, support local food growing, fund new football clubs, restore heritage buildings, and above all, build stronger, more vibrant, and independent communities.
The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.
This programme is a unique partnership of community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.
The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
For more information, please visit glosgem.org
Sutton Community FarmCF Project
Post Carbon Co-ops – #fc17CF Project
Smethwick CANCF Project
The Power of ThreeCF Project
Agile CollectiveCF Project
Transition By DesignCF Project
Co-operative WebCF Project
Clevedon Pier & Heritage TrustCF Project
Gloucestershire Gateway TrustCF Project
Think TinyCF Project
Coastal Producer OrganisationCF Project
Swindon Child CarersCF Project
Who we work with
There are many names bandied around for the types of organisation we work with but it boils down to three things: that there is trading activity, they have a social purpose and there is some form of collective ownership. If you think that might be you please get in touch.
What we do
Looking at your business model, the viability of the business and what you need to get going.
How to make sure your legal structure is the right one and making sure you are doing the right things for your members.
Support to write a share offer document that will enable you to raise capital investment from your community or members.
Looking at how much it costs to run your business, what you should charge to make the right amount of profit and how to understand your accounts.
Identifying who your customers are, what they want to buy, how much they will pay and how to tell them about yourselves.
We help to write one that covers all the important areas. It can be one that is just for use internally or one that is needed to raise finance.
Founded in 2000 Co-operative Futures was set up to provide direct advice and support services to co-operative and community owned enterprises and to engage in debates to find mutual solutions for challenges being faced by communities.
We are part of a workers co-op – The People Co-op, a network of ethical, sustainable businesses here in the UK with a focus on the business to business service companies.
Our head office is at: City Works, Alfred Street, Gloucester. GL1 4DF
You can call us on: 01452 543030