Co-operative Business Consultants is a co-operative consortium of individuals and organisations committed to social justice through solidarity co-ops. We operate in the UK and Ireland.
For over a decade we have built a solid reputation for our high quality services to co-ops, working with many start-ups as well as existing businesses.
CBC is active in finding new ways forward and promoting democracy and accountability within the co-operative movement. Since 2014 we have hosted five major conferences and submitted popular proposals to Co-op Congress UK.
We have a unique and principled track record for successful co-op responses to key social justice issues including fair trade, organic food and farming, fan-funded football stadiums, Palestinian solidarity olive oil, credit unions and co-op identity.
CBC directors currently include Jo Bird, Bob Cannell and Martin Meteyard. CBC Associates include Trademark Belfast, Footprint, Sharenergy and North West Housing Services.
Our clients include co-operative businesses, and programmes run by Co-operative Development Scotland, the Plunkett Foundation and others. We do not work for The Hive programme as it is funded by the “Co-operative” Bank.
All of the consultants at CBC are experienced and committed co-operators. We understand the challenges, and the opportunities, that face new, growing and established co-operative enterprises.
Together we have a wide range of skills that can be brought to any project to help our clients succeed. Click on the name of the consultant to learn more.
- Jo Bird
- Bob Cannell FCIPD
- John McGuigan
- Martin Meteyard
- Cath Muller
- Kevin Wan ACMA
- Trademark Belfast
CBC is recruiting associates to join our network in the UK and Ireland.
What are the benefits of joining CBC?
- Tailored mutual support with other activists and advisors
- Professional development and training (on-line and in person)
- Shared marketing, inc CV promotion, website, projects, bids
- Access to CBC’s resources, market intelligence and contacts
- Experienced CBC mentor
- Paid freelance work, subject to relevant expertise for the job
- Associates may become CBC directors with more say and profile
What contributions are expected?
- Take part in at least a third of online CBC meetings per year (half for Directors)
- Open & honest two-way communication, inc about other interests
- £10 or €12 subscription per month, and/or voluntary CBC work
- Directors also contribute voluntary internal CBC work such as marketing, chair, secretary, treasurer and mentoring of associates
How do I join CBC?
Associates and directors must have first-hand experience of working in or with democratic co-operatives, credit unions, trade unions or other solidarity economy organisations. To talk about joining, please contact Bob Cannell on +44 7870 304027 or through Facebook. To apply to join, please e-mail your relevant experience or CV to firstname.lastname@example.org