Case Studies

Rochdale Borough Social Enterprise and Co-operative Forum

Rochdale Borough Social Enterprise and Co-operative Forum is a network of businesses with social purposes, people working on proposals for them, and supporters of the idea – in the recently declared ‘World Capital of Co-operatives’.

The Forum is an unincorporated co-operative consortium run by its members, relying on their voluntary efforts, but purchasing services, such as room hire and catering, from them, whenever possible.

We exist to promote business with a social purpose and aim to be the best local co-operative and social enterprise network around, working in partnership with other organisations, businesses, and public bodies, to make Rochdale a better place.

Our main events in 2011 were:

  • Sharing experience, a mini-conference about public service social enterprises and co-operatives for Council staff, repeated by popular demand
  • What’s next? How co-operatives and social enterprises can get ahead – and stay ahead, with Co-operatives North West and North West Housing Services
  • Commissioning and procurement, as if co-operatives and social enterprises matter, with Rochdale Council
  • Trading with each other, as if sharing matters, with Co-operatives UK.

We have more than 30 members, trading in: catering, community arts and media, a community centre, community development, a development trust, education and training, homeworking, recycling, retailing, social care, a supporters trust, and youth work. Ten of our members are co-operatives, or planning to set up as one.

We are currently working on our ’12 for 2012’ ideas to promote social business and celebrate the International Year of Co-operatives.

For more information, contact the Secretary, Jan Hicks on 07927 415744 or at