Free impact management workshop

This workshop is part of the Impact Management Programme which aims to build the capacity of charities and social enterprises to manage their impact. Join us in York and Liverpool for an interactive workshop on Impact Management led by Social Value UK. This free morning event will explore how you might already be managing your impact and run some exercises to help you get better at doing this.

The session will also outline other opportunities for you to get involved in this exciting new programme: Grant-funding (for consultancy), Peer to peer support, Expert advice, Training, Opportunity to co-design online resources.

Liverpool: 18th Jan 2017 09.30 to 12.30, LCVS, 151 Dale Street, Liverpool L2 2AH

York: 22 Feb 2017 09.30 to 12.30, Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York YO1 6ET

See our flyer for more information.

Education for our communities not for profit

Do you wish to see a progressive education system with free access to all?

An evening and buffet supper, hear Angela Rayner MP (Shadow Education Secretary)... and have your say!

Thursday January 19th - 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ

Tickets: £14.00

Buffet supper included, limited places, advance bookings only.

Contact Phil: 07901 38700,

Ways Forward 5 Conference

Roads To A Democratic Economy

All welcome. Save the dates & save your seats. See the flyer.

Central Hall, Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JQ, Friday, January 20th 10am-4.30pm

Hear Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP

Iain Macdonald (former ICA Director General), Cheryl Barrott (Vice Chair, Co-op Party) Josef Davies-Coates, Frances Coppola, Cliff Mills (Anthony Collins), Jenny Carlyle (SUMA), Syed Maqsood (NWHS), Dr Paul Redgrave (Co-Housing, Leeds), Jo Bird, Bob Cannell and many more

Hear Angela Rayner MP

Eve of Conference Supper: An Evening with Angela

6.30pm Thursday January 19th Central Hall

Debates, Workshops, Case Studies

Our annual conference, organised by Co-operative Business Consultants, aims to discuss and debate co-operative and radical alternatives to austerity and capitalism and help shape our shared vision of a prosperous, caring society based on a democratic economy.


  • Global Alternatives to Global Capitalism
  • Hierarchies & Salary Differentials: the Enemies of Co-operation?
  • Local Assistance for Co-operative Development
  • Building with Platform Co-ops
  • Edinburgh Student Housing Co-op: Green Shoots
  • A Co-operative Blueprint for Older People’s Social Care
  • Co-op & Community Finance for Co-op Development 
  • Rojava: War Zone Co-operative Economies
  • Democratisation at the Co-op Group

Who Should Attend? Co-operators, trade unionists and activists from anti-austerity parties and social enterprises looking to shape new progressive practice and policies to combat the austerity agenda and create a society in which all can prosper.


  • Conference £45.00 (lunch and refreshments included) *
  • Eve of Conference £14.00 (buffet supper included, limited places)
  • NB- splash - Full Package Discount - Thursday + Friday sessions: £55.00 (inclusive of meals, advance payment required )*

* Late Booking Fee (chargeable after January 11th ): £15.00

To book a place or get more details: contact Phil 07901 338700,

Co-operative College annual Education Conference, 5-6th April 2017

The Co-operative College will be holding its annual Education Conference on 5-6th April 2017.

Applications are currently open for anyone who would like to present a paper, be part of a panel or host a workshop to submit an abstract of their session. The theme of the conference is 'Learning for Co-operative Transformations' and the focus is on young people, communities and society. Follow this link if you are interested in submitting a paper or would like to find out more.

No Offence Intended, Co-operative Building, Manchester, 23rd November

A conference to look at the positive contribution that social enterprise can make to reducing re-offending and how to improve the evidence of its impact

This conference will:

  • hear about successful social enterprise programmes in public sector prisons in the North West and North East
  • consider the potential impact upon offenders including both their employability skills and their mental health and well-being  
  • discuss the wider impact upon organisational culture within the prison service, and how social enterprise fits with the prison reform agenda
  • consider how the evidence about the positive impact of social enterprise can be improved and can be more widely shared

Get your free ticket here.