Co-operatives North West Members Newsletter

2012 has been designated by the United Nations as the International year of Co-operatives – and here’s what’s happening

More free resources and events


The Co-operative Business Assistance Programme - Free No Nonsense , Tailored Training, Advice & Consultancy Business Support for North West Co-operatives. To Apply

ESF Community Learning Grants of up to a maximum of £12,000 are available to support some of the hardest to reach communities and individuals, to help people access further learning or training that could lead to employment. For more details

Human Interest, a new Community Interest Company, offers free advice to Co-operative NW members regarding human resources, finance, change, planning, bidding, strategy and public relations advice. For more information email or visit

Counterfeit Notes - Useful information for those who handle cash within their co-operative. The Bank of England has produced education and training materials that teach people how to identify counterfeit notes and what to do if they come across one. To find out more

The Legislative Reform Order (LRO) - what does it mean for our co-operative? an overview on what the practical implications of the Legislative Reform Order (LRO) for Credit Unions and Industrial & Provident Societies. To view


Creating Co-operative Councils: Practical steps forward – a Co-operative Party free open event about the concept of Co-operative Councils Speakers include Michael Stephenson, Co-op Party General Secretary and Ciaran Wells, Lancashire County Councillor - 27 November 2011, 3pm, Unite Office, 100 Hallgate, Wigan. WN1 1HP . Buffet lunch from 2.30pm. To book or for more information contact

Cabinet Office and Big Society Capital free event supported by Social Enterprise North West to improve understanding of the social investment landscape in the region - 6 December, Women’s International Centre for Economic Development (WICED), 54 St James St., Liverpool L1 0AB, from 11.00am to 12.45pm. For more information or to register, contact Natalie - or 020 7182 7820 by 29 November.

The Power of PR – a 2 hour free training session organised by Co-operatives North West and Co-operatives UK 5pm 29 November The Studio, Manchester - A fun, interactive, co-operative introduction to public relations. To apply

North West Together We Can and Our Life Network free Autumn Learning Exchange Seminar 7 December 12noon, Sale -
Healthy Communities: meeting needs and aspirations in Trafford. See here

Making Local Food Work Simply Governance training workshop 1 February Liverpool -
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"CICs and Co-ops" Conference sponsored by Selnet and organised by New Era Enterprises (E. Lancs.) Ltd - 22 February. 10am - 4pm. Keynote Speech " CICs past, present and future" - Sara Burgess, CIC Regulator. Workshops, presentations and networking opportunities. More information later.

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Co-operatives North West is funded by trading income, the Co-operative Enterprise Hub and Social Enterprise North West.