- Considering taking ownership of a rural asset such as a village shop or community building
- Working to create new services or facilities in their town or village, where there might be a lack of provision
- Interested in taking on and converting an existing business that might be at risk through retirement or closure
What to expect
- Different kinds of co-ops, legal forms and how to register
- What membership means and benefits of being a co-op
- Community ownership and management of rural assets
- Support, funding & resources for your business start-up
We will have presenters from two Oxfordshire based co-operatives who will share their experiences of setting up a community business and why being a co-op is important to them:
- Jo Harvey from Sustainable Wantage: Having been a community benefit society for over a decade, they play a key role in their community, offering a food larder, refill shop, repair café, market garden and many other environmental projects out of their thriving community space called The Mix.
- Vivian Woodell from West Oxfordshire Community Transport: Set up as a community benefit society in response to poor transport connectivity, WOCT now run 6 popular bus routes across the district. Vivian is a seasoned co-operative business expert, having also founded the Phone Co-op and co-operative housing projects.
Completely FREE to attend, this session is part of the Business Support for Co-ops programme, which offers up to six days’ expert support to new and existing co-ops, delivered by Co-operatives UK in partnership with The Co-operative Bank.
Wednesday 14th February, from 5.30pm to 8pm The Junction, 42 Lydalls Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7HX.