It is difficult to know what to do during these uncertain times but Co-operative Futures remains open to support co-operative and community-owned enterprises. We are happy to provide support on all the usual issues but are also here if you just need to talk things through.
We are not able to meet you physically but are available by email, phone or video conference. If we can help please get in touch
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Co-operative Futures is a business development consultancy specialising in co-operative, mutual and community led businesses. Founded in 2000 it was set up to provide direct advice and support services and to engage in debates to find mutual solutions for challenges being faced by communities.
So 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.
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.
Co-operative Futures is an approved provider for the following schemes:
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. MORE–>
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.
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.
The Old SchoolCF Project
Co-op NewsCF Project
Clevedon Pier & Heritage TrustCF Project
Together Smethwick Food HubCF Project
Eat Make PlayCF Project
Warm EarthCF Project
Workshops for CommunitiesCF Project
Sutton Community FarmCF Project
The Active Wellbeing SocietyCF Project
The Ultimate Picture PlaceCF Project
Swindon Child CarersCF Project
The Children’s AllotmentCF Project
Gloucestershire Gateway TrustCF Project
Coastal Producer OrganisationCF Project
Chance Heritage TrustCF Project
Co-operative WebCF Project
The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000.
Due to Covid-19 we are not currently holding any events.
Meet the Team
Social Enterprise Adviser
Based in the West Midlands Kathy is busy providing support to existing and start-up community businesses and she really doesn't like bananas.
Jo does a bit of everything, from working directly with co-ops and community businesses to developing policy to running Co-op Futures, she even runs the vacuum cleaner round the office occasionally.
Co-operative Futures is 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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