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, phil@cbc.coop