Michael Gavin

E-mail: gavinaccounting[at]eircom.net
Phone: +353 (0)87 2281 992

PROFILE

CBC’s first international associate Michael runs a small management accounting practice in Co. Kerry, on the South West coast of Ireland, where he works with a team of talented and motivated professionals who share a passion for providing clients with the information needed to run successful businesses.

A philosophy based on working across an organisation not just in finance is at the core of the practice, in addition to strong accounting fundamentals, a focus on strategic business and management skills ensures clients have at their disposal the information and resources needed in today’s challenging environment.

Working with conventional businesses, co-operatives and social enterprises in sectors such as retail, construction, professional services, hospitality, import/export and nursing homes, coupled with past experience, gives Michael a unique understanding and advantage in meeting the challenges faced by small and micro enterprises in rural Ireland.

Michael is a founding member of The Bridge Street Co-operative Society Ltd, one of the few worker co-ops in Ireland. The co-op successfully runs a whole food grocery store, café and book shop in Kenmare, Co Kerry. Michael is also a Supervisor in Kenmare Credit Union.

A recent graduate from University College Cork where he received an MBS (1H) in Cooperative and Social Enterprises, Michael produced the first report on the worker cooperative sector in Ireland in over ten years.

Actively involved in Ireland’s Worker Cooperative Network which he helped establish in 2011, Michael has been a member of various delegations which have lobbied politicians and policy makers to effect change to cooperative policy and legislation. This has included:

  • Presentation to Oireachtas Committee on Jobs and Innovation to Daíl Éireann (http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=21750&&CatID=127).

  • Meetings with Forfás, Ireland’s policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation on cooperative development and its relationship with social enterprise.

  • Meeting with Co-operative Legislation Unit, Dept of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to discuss the Bill on Industrial and Provident Societies and the submission of new “Model Rules” for worker cooperatives with the Registrar of Friendly Societies.

  • Consultation and networking meeting with Bruno Roelants, General Secretary of CECOP, The European Confederation of Cooperatives and Worker Owned Enterprises active in Industry and Services.

Outside of the agriculture, credit union and housing sector there is virtually no assistance available for existing or likely co-operators in Ireland, Michael’s work with CBC is a first step in addressing the dearth of support available to cooperative members and professionals in Ireland.

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