Co-operative Business Consultants (CBC) is a co-operative consortium dedicated to helping democratic enterprises to start up, grow and thrive. For over a decade it has delivered high quality advice, mentoring, training and research on business development and financial planning, governance, legal structures, human resources and other key issues crucial to co-ops.

We are also active in finding new ways forward for the co-operative movement. Since 2014 we have hosted four major conferences and submitted proposals to Congress on co-operative identity, living wage, salary ratios and member participation. We rallied over 500 co-operators in support of a petition calling on the then Chair, Ursula Lidbetter, to reject changes to the governance of the Co-operative Group until they are fully consistent with co-op values & principles.

CBC’s WAYS FORWARD 5 conference – ROADS TO A DEMOCRATIC ECONOMY is on January 20th in Manchester.

Speakers include Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Ian Macdonald, former Director General of ICA, Cheryl Barrott (Vice Chair, Co-op Party), Frances Coppola, Cilla Ross (Co-op College) and many more.  You can register now and pay later or pay now here

To get a flavour of 2016’s highly successful previous annual conference, full video presentations from plenary sessions and two workshops are here. Speaker notes from the day are here and post-conference comment here.

CBC Ireland is recruiting members to a new all-Ireland network of experienced co-op advisors – actively supported by CBC in the UK. Find out more here.