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:
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 Active Wellbeing SocietyCF Project
Co-op NewsCF Project
Together Smethwick Food HubCF Project
Clevedon Pier & Heritage TrustCF Project
The Old SchoolCF Project
Chance Heritage TrustCF Project
The Children’s AllotmentCF Project
Workshops for CommunitiesCF Project
Unlocking Social and Economic Innovation Together – USE-IT!CF Project
Sutton Community FarmCF Project
Eat Make PlayCF Project
Community Data Co-opCF Project
Flo’s – The Place in the ParkCF Project
The Ultimate Picture PlaceCF Project
Swindon Child CarersCF Project
Co-operative WebCF Project
Gloucestershire Gateway TrustCF Project
Warm EarthCF Project
Midcounties Co-op Conversations
Come and join us
Join us to discover how the co-op business model can strengthen communities and provide local services. Increasingly we are seeing communities set up co-ops to take ownership of local assets from pubs to piers to cinemas.
Discover why they chose the co-op model and what the pros and cons have been. Be inspired to spot the opportunities in your community.
Are you looking for a different way to do business? Worker co-operatives are a great way of doing that – they are businesses run democratically by the workers to provide themselves with meaningful employment and to provide a service to the community, rather than creating profit for a boss or unconnected shareholders.
Find out what it’s like working for the business you own. We will introduce some people who do just that so they can share their experiences with you.
Join us for a practical session on how to set up a co-op. Discover what you need to have in place, what the various steps are and where to get help.
Hear about the experiences of people who’ve already done it, what went well and what didn’t go as planned. If you are thinking about setting up a co-op this is the session for you.
Essential Finance Training for Co-ops
14 October 2021 10am-12noon, and 21 October 2021 10am-12noon on Zoom
Particularly suitable for all members of smaller co-ops, not just treasurers.
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
If you are not happy with the service you have received from Co-operative Futures please let us know. Details of how to do it are here or complete the contact form.