For new social enterprises such as Go! Co-operative, the Ecological Land Co-operative, 10 Radio CIC and Lightweight Community Transport we provide consultancy, project management and executive services to steer their businesses through complex launches. We've helped mutual businesses raise over £0.5M from social investors.
We have developed new model rules, approved by the FSA, for co-operative societies seeking to bring together different stakeholder groups, raise investment though community share issues, and work towards defined social missions. These multistakeholder rules have since been adopted by Somerset Co-operative Land Trust, Hazelhurst CSA, The Source TV Limited, Go! Co-operative and the Ecological Land Co-operative.
Through the Co-operative Group's 'Co-operative Enterprise Hub' we have delivered advice and support to an number of co-ops in the South West; this led to the formation of South West Co-operative Support, of which we were founders.
We were commissioned by Co-operatives UK to write their guide to social enterprise finance, 'Simply Finance' and we are part of a consortium that will train new co-operative business advisors.