The Wales Co-operative Centre is a national agency supporting community regeneration, economic development and social justice through co-operative solutions. CMS is a delivery partner in their Social Enterprise Support Project.
The Centre was set up in 1982 by the Wales TUC to help redundant workers from heavy industry. It has evolved into an organisation helping businesses and local communities across Wales.
The Centre aims to influence, inform and respond to Welsh public policy. It is publicly supported and funded and is a leading support and training organisation for co-operatives and social enterprises in Wales.
Wales Co-operative Centre, Llandaff Court, Fairwater Road, Cardiff, CF5 2XP Tel: 029 2055 4955
Support programme in Wales for Social Enterprise and Co-operatives
The Social Enterprise Support project provides advice and training to co-operatives, social enterprises and social entrepreneurs in Convergence areas of Wales, so that they can become successful and sustainable businesses
Co-operative Enterprise Hub boosts co-operative support across Wales
The Wales Co-operative Centre has won a contract to deliver a new programme of support for co-operative businesses which will be targeted in the non Convergence areas of Wales (Cardiff, Newport, Vale of Glamorgan, Powys, Monmouthshire, Wrexham and Flintshire). The Co-operative Enterprise Hub is part of a £5 million UK-wide programme of support for new and existing co-operatives funded by The Co-operative Group.
The official launch of the Welsh Co-operative Enterprise Hub (which will take place in June during Co-operatives Fortnight) follows a series of successful pilot-schemes across the UK which has led to the creation of more than 150 new co-operative businesses.
The Welsh Co-operative Enterprise hub delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre will provide a package of advice, training and finance to help new and existing co-operatives become more sustainable businesses. Advice, training and consultancy will be provided free of charge. Support will be provided by co?operative development professionals and loans will be available without security or personal guarantees. The Hub will complement the service delivery in Convergence areas.
For further information about The Co-operative Enterprise Hub and the advice, training and consultancy available in Wales, visit www.co-operative.coop/enterprisehub or, telephone Angela Davies, The Co-operative Group’s co-operative development manager, on 0161 246 3020.