- Greater Manchester Tree Station
The Treestation are good with wood. They make the very best use of timber produced as a by-product of woodland management and urban forestry – for fuel, timber and other uses. CBC helped to convert the existing business into a community benefit society, covered the costs of conversion, and advised on their business plan and community shares issue – the first for wood based renewable energy … more
- FC United of Manchester
With over 3,000 members, FC United of FC United is a fantastic demonstration of what a co-operative of fans can achieve. The club was established in 2005, when a core group of individuals who wanted a say in how their local team was run established a steering committee. Supporters of FC United can become members and control the management of their club on a one-member one-vote basis …. more
- Belfast Cleaning Society
The first co-operative in Northern Ireland to receive advice and training from the Hub is an inspiring example of how co-operative enterprise is actively rebuilding communities …. more
Green Avenues (Hull)
One of an increasing number of cooperative consortia of self-employed workers creating their own employment in the spirit of ‘self help by the people’ (an old but ever relevant cooperative slogan). GA help people turn their skills in gardening, cleaning, buildings maintenance, personal care etc. into an income. In a cooperative and supportive network. CBC assisted them with developing their business planning, marketing and legal format (a cooperative LLP).
- Sailboat Project CIC
The main activities of the co-operative are education, training, skill sharing and regular sailing practice. Kayak training courses are also held in York and the Lake District as well as in Brighton…more
Most people assumed Lembas were a cooperative. But in fact this 20 year old Sheffield wholefoods wholesaler has only recently transferred ownership to the full membership from the owners. CBC is helping Lembas members to take active collective control of the governance of their business. We have assisted in drawing up member contracts, open book management methods, personnel management techniques and other cooperative management techniques.
- Bankley Studios,
A co-operative of 36 professional artists, formed in 1998. The co-op rents affordable studios and gallery in a Manchester warehouse. CBC support focussed on reviving and recruiting the Committee of Management, training members and Directors in their Rules and role … more
Lakamka means delicious in Russian. Formed out of a group of refugees and Boltonians working on healthy food projects, Lakamka are becoming incorporated as a workers co-operative (IPS). CBC are working with the group to update their business plan, draw down start up funding, access training and recruit for time and skills gaps … more
- Greasby Preschool Playgroup, Merseyside
Originally set up by a few parents who met in the park, Greasby Preschool Playgroup is a well established business; however, its form of governance was proving unstable….more
- Hungry Snail
With the assistance of CBC, Hungry Snail are becoming incorporated as a workers co-operative (IPS). CBC is providing invaluable practical support including writing their financial business plan, and providing information such as job descriptions for members and accurate referrals to other organisations.
“I was really impressed by the quality and speed of the work you did for us, and coming at this vital early stage in our business it feels like it will make a significant difference to the Hungry Snail Co-op’s ability to do business sustainably over the coming months and years – more than I ever hoped for! Thank you.” Henry Fisher, Hungry Snail Co-operative Limited
- MICA DIY, Staffordshire
Mica DIY is a co-operative of retailers that provides marketing, joint buying, store development and training for its members. The co-operative offers its members a beneficial support structure, while allowing them to maintain their independence….more
- Preston Green Centre
CBC worked with the Preston Green Centre to develop their business plan, income generation and a legal form to run a green centre as a combined employee/volunteer-managed co-operative.
“Jo came very quickly to a comprehensive and accurate understanding of our problems.” Brett Lund, Preston Green Centre
- Recycle IT
As grant funding dried up, the 3 workers of Recycle IT decided to form a workers co-operative to continue their employment and their established enterprise. CBC assisted with incorporation and start up funding, as well as leads into income generation.
“Excellent, Jo. As the co-op needs around £6-10k, then your fundraising work and advice gives them a range of options to pursue. If some are not successful this will not stop the show. Thanks.” Dave Hollings, Co-operative and Mutual Solutions
- Papay Community Co-op
Since 1980 the Papay Community Co-op has been running the only shop on Papa Westray, one of the most northerly of the Orkney Islands. CBC’s Martin Meteyard flew up to meet members … more
- Wild Carrot
CBC’s work involved the development of financial management and financial reporting systems to enable business management by the members; writing a business plan and developing co-operative governance capability.
- Unicorn Co-operative Grocery
Unicorn are one of CBC’s oldest clients. CBC facilitated Unicorn’s development from an informal collective to a cooperative team management structure …. more
- One Planet (Accrington)
One Planet was a new start co-operative formed to establish a local and wholefood shop in Accrington. CBC provided 28 hours of support including incorporation as a community co-operative Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) …. more
- On the 8th Day
Another worker co-operative client with which CBC has a long standing relationship. Recent work with this worker co-operative focused on co-operative working (democratic decision-making, assertive but non-confrontational criticism, peer appraisal, meetings skills, resolving workplace tension and team-building) as well as human resource management, peer appraisal and co-operative network governance.
- Enterprise Solutions Northants
Research and capacity building project exploring the potential for expansion of credit union services across Northamptonshire, working with five existing credit unions in Northampton, Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby.
- Gloucestershire Credit Union Forum
Feasibility study into maximising Credit Union potential in Gloucestershire. Five existing credit unions in Gloucestershire wished to raise their profile and extend their services to cover the whole county. A CBC team researched the benefits and drawbacks of a range of potential approaches and facilitated the credit unions’ development of people and systems to enable them to take maximum advantage of new business opportunities for expansion.
- Melmerby and Fellside Village Shop Ltd
A Rural Revival funded project enabled CBC to support and advise this community cooperative to successfully recruit key staff and commence business operations. CBC recommended effective methods of cooperative governance and business management and provided telephone mentoring for committee members pre and post start up. In addition CBC were later hired to provide further HRM advice.
- Homebaked Community Bakery, Liverpool
Members of Homebaked are overcoming many barriers to transform a closed bakery and revitalise their community. Earlier this year, the co-op launched a crowd funding appeal to buy an oven, and were delighted to exceed their £13,000 target, with hundreds of donors. Homebaked are now used as an example of best practice for crowd funding. Their bakery shop – opposite Liverpool Football Club – is now open for business and customers are pouring in.
- Arts Hub 47, Liverpool
Started by three feisty women artists, Arts Hub 47 is a new, and the only arts and craft co-op shop in Merseyside. A growing number of members help to staff the shop and market their products. Unique gifts and souvenirs are particularly popular with customers.