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

Big Potential

Big Potential, a BIG Lottery Fund grant fund, will deliver approximately £20m of grant funding over 3 years to eligible VCSE organisations with the aim of improving the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE organisations in order that they may deliver greater social impact. The programme aims to raise awareness of the social investment market and support VCSEs who want to prepare themselves for social investment or winning contracts.

Community Shares

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.

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Midcounties Co-operative provides support to co-operatives and community groups in their trading area.

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The Community Economic Development (CED) programme is an initiative designed for local community groups and organisations who want to take a lead in shaping their economies for the benefit of local communities.

The Hive

The Hive, a new business support programme for co-ops and community businesses. The Hive offers online support, group advice, skills training sessions, one-to-one advice, peer mentoring.

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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.

Future Co-ops 2017

Post Carbon Co-ops

3rd & 4th February 2017

Jurys Inn, Cheltenham

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What we do

Starting up

Starting up

Looking at your business model, the viability of the business and what you need to get going.

Governance

Governance

How to make sure your legal structure is the right one and making sure you are doing the right things for your members.

Community shares

Community shares

Support to write a share offer document that will enable you to raise capital investment from your community or members.

Finance

Finance

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.

Marketing

Marketing

Identifying who your customers are, what they want to buy, how much they will pay and how to tell them about yourselves.

Business Plans

Business Plans

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.

About

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

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