Who we've helped
Welsh co-operative Canolfan Gymraeg Wrecsam (CGW) reopened local pub Saith Seren (Welsh for Seven Stars) in January 2012 as a community-operated venture. The co-operative raised enough capital to take out a 21-year lease on the listed building in Wrexham, which had been closed for eight months.
The 100 members are passionate about celebrating Welsh culture. They hope that the pub will become a community hub for Wrexham, providing a space to enjoy local Welsh music, art and language as well as locally-produced food and drink. The upper floors of the building provide office space to like-minded organisations, which encourage Welsh language speaking.
The Hub provided advice on setting up a co‑operative pub and also looked at the options for generating other sources of income from the building.
Saith Seren employs six staff and has a team of volunteers who organise the centre’s regular live music nights. The pub pays homage to its music hall roots with a busy entertainment schedule and eventually hopes to host a live act every night.
Community ownership is a growing trend in the Welsh town, with local football club Wrexham FC owned by Wrexham Supporters Trust. CGW has offered advice to several other Welsh co-operatives hoping to start similar projects.
Marc Jones, one of the directors, said: “The Hub gave us some expert advice which allowed us to go through the very difficult process of setting up a co-operative from scratch.”
HOW WE HELPED
- We helped the group set up as a co-operative
- We assisted with business planning, suggesting that the upstairs space could be leased as offices
- We gave advice on corporate governance
Alex Bird, the Hub adviser, said: “Saith Seren strongly demonstrates community regeneration; a commercial brewer couldn’t make the pub work, but a community co-op has.”
For more information please visit http://saithseren.com/
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