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.

The most recent conference, WAYS FORWARD 4 – BUILDING AN ECONOMY TO SERVE PEOPLE NOT PROFIT, including Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP, took place on Thursday January 21st 2016. For those unable to attend 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.