Specialised Co-op Support

Further co-operative development support and advice is available from the more specialised agencies listed below. Please mention that you found their details through Co-operatives North West.

Association of British Credit Unions

ABCUL is a trade association for credit unions, offering a range of services to its members. Contact Diane Borthwick diane.borthwick@abcul.org

Co-operative College

The Co-operative College offers services in five key areas: developing members and managers or co-operatives; working with co-operatives globally; learning from our heritage; working with schools and young people; research on the co-operative sector. Address: 2nd floor, Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester M60 0AS. Phone: 0161 246 2926. E-mail: enquiries@co-op.ac.uk .

Co-operatives UK

The voice and national trade association for co-operatives in the UK. Members of Co-operatives UK have a range of benefits including two hours free legal advice on any issue. Their website offers a wealth of information resources and their legal department offer incorporation services.

Address: Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester M60 0AS. Phone: 0161 246 2900. E-mail: info@cooperatives-uk.coop.

Community Energy England

A trade body for the community energy sector, formed in 2014.  It is free to join for groups with a low turnover.  communityenergyengland.org

Energy 4 All

Support for new or existing renewable energy co-ops such as Baywind. Address: Unit 33, Trinity Enterprise Centre, Furness Business Park, Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria LA14 2PN. Phone: 01229 821028, energy4all.co.uk

English Food and Farming Partnerships

EFFP support farmer controlled businesses.
Consultant: David Hall
Contact David Hall DHall@effp.co.uk

New Era Enterprises

New Era promotes a wide range of community based regeneration and economic development, in and around East Lancashire. The co-operative's ethos is much more about improving the lives of local people than making money for itself. Its aim is to provide a service so that people are able to initiate and participate in their own and their community’s development. New Era manages varied community development, training and employment projects, and more significantly, enables local residents to successfully develop and manage their own. Address: 23 St. James' Row, Burnley BB11 1EY. Phone: 01282 450 536. e-mail: mail@newera-burnley.co.uk.

North West Housing Services

NWHS offers a comprehensive range of quality financial services to registered social housing providers and the wider third sector including Industrial and Provident Societies. Tailored services delivered by highly experienced and dedicated team of qualified accounting professionals. Strategic financial services include: Financial Business Planning, Budgeting and Management Accounts, Statutory year end accounts preparation, Cash flow projections, Financial Investment Appraisal, Financial supervision recovery, Raising Private Finance, Financial Regulations and Procedures, Audit tendering services and Treasury management. Operational financial services include: Book keeping, Rent accounting, Sales Invoices and income management, Bank reconciliation, Facilitate Payment of creditors, Payroll, VAT Returns and Facilitate External Audit. Contact Kevin Wan on 0151 726 2229 or email kevin.wan@nwhousing.org.uk

Profit From Principles

Profit From Principles is a Lancashire based worker co-op, offering business support and consultancy. Phone: 01706 216 507. E-mail: sarah@profitfrmomprinciples.com


a not-for-profit organisation which helps communities find, build and own renewable energy generation throughout the UK. sharenergy.coop

Slade & Cooper

Accountants and Registered Auditors. Slade & Cooper are firm of accountants and auditors that specialises in working with the charity,social enterprise and not-for-profit sector. We provide a wide range of services - accounts, audit, payroll, tax, business planning, finance training and advice. We work with organisations involved in many different fields - including health, housing, welfare and the arts. For more information please see our website. Contact office@sladecooper.co.uk, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE. Tel 0161 234 2990.

Social Enterprise North West

Social Enterprise North West, SENW, was established in 2008 as the regional network for social enterprise. Its directors include representatives of accountable social enterprise networks each sub-region – Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside – plus the Development Trust Association and Co-operatives North West. Social Enterprise North West offers a variety of programmes to support social and co-operative enterprise, including mentoring, master classes, trade fair and business support. For current information, please visit www.senw.org.uk

Supporters Direct

Supporters Direct is the trade association and support organisation for supporters trusts - football, ruby etc. E-mail Jacqui.Forster@supporters-direct.org.

UK Credit Unions

UK Credit Unions Ltd is a trade association for credit unions, offering services to its members. Contact Dawn Vear on info@ukcu.coop.