Co-operatives North West is the regional network of co-operative enterprise in the North West of England. Over 350 co-operatives make a substantial contribution to the region's economic and social life, with turnover of £2,104 million and 15,000 jobs. Co-operatives North West vision is to promote, develop and sustain a thriving regional co-operative economy and community.
Co-operatives North West has 5 objectives, of which Objectives 3 and 4 are of the highest priority.
Co-operatives North West Limited is an independent organisation with a democratically elected board from member businesses and organisations with a responsibility to represent and promote the sector.
The Board, which is elected at the Annual General Meeting, meets regularly to determine the strategy and activities of the Regional Co-operative Council. The Board is made up from diverse constituents including retail co-operatives, worker co-operatives, financial and housing co-operatives, and co-operative development organisations.
Co-operatives North West would like to develop activities in the following areas, subject to resources.
Co-operatives North West has contracts with the Co-operative Enterprise Hub (financed by the Co-operative Group) and Social Enterprise North West (financed by the North West Development Agency). Co-operatives UK provides non-financial assistance including branding, database access, sharing of information, co-ordination meetings with other Regional Co-operative Councils etc.
The Co-operative Enterprise Hub helps to support and develop new and existing co-operative enterprises. Its aim is to grow the co-operative economy, creating strong ethically-led businesses with a deep sense of social responsibility. For more information please visit www.co-operative.coop/enterprisehub