Co-operative Business Assistance

Co-operatives NW encourages the development and support of new co-operatives across the region. Not all mainstream or social enterprise advisors have experience meeting the unique needs of co-operative enterprise, but there are several co-operative development professionals that do - see below for more details.

Adrian Ashton

Adrian is based in Hebden Bridge. He headed up Cambridge CDA, which became a leading Co-operative Development Body, gaining recognition for his insight, skill and knowledge in supporting various co-operative enterprises from regional and national bodies. He works developing and delivering national projects that are further strengthening the co-operative movement, and is currently an associate Tutor to the Co-operative College. As an unofficial mentor, Adrian is always happy to chat by phone, email or over lunch. Download CV
Phone: 07786 492313. E-mail:

Andrew Jessop
Andrew Jessop is a co-operative and social enterprise business advisor based in Rochdale. He has experience of raising awareness of the sector, providing advice and training for pre-start clients, new starts, and established co-operatives and social enterprises, developing ideas, and creating opportunities. He works closely with local co-operatives and social enterprises through Rochdale Social Enterprise Forum, local and regional support organisations, and local communities and groups. Download CV
Phone: 01706 672655, 07910 270458. E-mail
Co-operative & Mutual Solutions
Co-operative and Mutual Solutions (CMS) is an employee owned business providing specialist consultancy to co-operatives and social enterprises. CMS’s three consultant Directors have over thirty years of combined experience developing co-operatives and social enterprises. CMS delivers services mainly in the North West of England.
Consultants: Gareth Nash, Dave Hollings, Anne Sowerby
Address: 7 Cecil Street, Lytham, Lancashire FY8 5NN. Phone: 07967 815321. E-mail: gareth[at]

Co-operative Business Consultants
Co-operative Business Consultants (CBC) aim to promote democratic and participative management methods and techniques in the wider co-operative sector. Jo Bird advises all kinds of co-operatives at all stages of development. She is based in Manchester and travels across the North West of England. Bob Cannell is based at SUMA in Elland, West Yorkshire. Your first hour of phone advice is always free.
Consultant: Bob Cannell
Phone: 0797 007 5704. E-mail:

Ex-cell Solutions Limited
Ex-cell Solutions offer co-operative solutions to reducing re-offending. They support ex-offenders and people who have been out of work for some time, particularly through 'group self employment' or co-operative consortia.
Consultants: Dave Nicholson, Ormond Williams, David Costello
Address: Excell Solutions, Wesley Centre, Royce Road, Hulme, Manchester M15 5BP. Phone: 0161 232 1424. E-mail:

Loop Systems Limited
Loop Systems is a co-operative design studio, combining the expertise of both architects and landscape architects, and specialising in sustainable premises design.
Loop Systems Ltd Company Profile
Consultants: Neil Allen, Stephen McCusker, Andrew Walters
Address: Ada House, 77 Thompson Street, Manchester M4 5FY. Phone: 0161 833 8813. E-mail:

North West Housing Services
North West Housing Services is dedicated to providing ethical, professional services to housing co-operatives, small social landlords and leaseholders, including committee administration, leasehold management, performance reporting and housing management functions.
Consultants: John McGuigan, Kevin Wan
North West Housing Services Company Profile
Address: 19 Devonshire Road, Liverpool L8 3TX. Phone: 0151 726 2200.
E-mail: syed.maqsood[at] or john.mcguigan[at] 

Social Enterprise and Co-operative Development
Secod provides high-quality support services and solutions to community and social enterprises and co-operatives across Cumbria and the North of England. Secod is passionate about: facilitating groups to develop social enterprises and co-operatives; helping organisations to build their capacity and make a real difference; supporting social and environmental justice.
Consultants: Viv Lewis, Bill Knowles, Howard Long
Address: Wallsend House, The Old Rectory, Church Lane, Bowness on Solway, Cumbria CA7 5AF. Phone: 01697 351010. E-mail: info[at]

Sustainable Change Co-operative
At Sustainable Change Co-operative we passionately believe that a truly sustainable society is vital, achievable and full of opportunity. Fiona Nicholls and Dr Steven Glynn provide consultancy support to help co-operatives understand what this means for them and what action to take. Do you feel like you want to take action on environmental issues but aren’t sure where to start? Are you being asked about your environmental / sustainability performance during tendering processes and don’t know how to respond? Ever wondered if an environmental management system could help? Are you interested in renewable energy but aren’t sure which option is best? Is addressing climate change rising up your ‘to do’ list? If you can answer yes to any of these questions then we can help.
Address: Sustainable Change Co-operative, Innospace, 2nd Floor Minshull House, Chorlton Street, Manchester M1 3FY. Phone: 0161 860 7571 / 07794 779 352. E-mail:
Consultants: Fiona Nicholls, Dr Steven Glynn