Social Enterprise is a broad term that encompasses many different types of enterprises, which exist to change the world for the better, by tackling social issues, helping communities to thrive, helping individuals to better their lives, and helping the environment. Social enterprises are not charities – they trade like a normal business would and generate a profit – but they do business and use these profits in a way that benefits others.
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.
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. For more information, please 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.
The programme has been specifically developed to support participating enterprises to solve local social and economic issues, enable skills development and open up new markets for the ethically-based goods and services they deliver.
Co-operative Futures is one of several delivery partners in the project and is responsible for providing community development and business development support for co-operatives and community businesses.
For more information about the support on offer, please contact us.
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.
Community business weekend is a weekend-long celebration of all things community business, organised by Power to Change, an organisation which offers advice and support to community businesses.
England is home to over 7,000 community businesses, including shops, farms, pubs, and many more, and these have a combined market income of over £1.2 billion. These community businesses employ more than 35,000 people in total, and are helped by around 120,000 volunteers.
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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