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Who we've helped

The Hub helped four determined home care workers in Wooler to set up a co-operative to ensure that they could continue to look after the people they had been caring for for so long.

 

High Bridge Studios

With help from the Hub, artists using the new studios and gallery space in Newcastle upon Tyne formed a co-operative to improve their security and fund raising opportunities.

 

Belfast Cleaning Society

The first co-operative in Northern Ireland set up with our help brings together women from across the sectarian divide.

 

Success

Schools and former local authority employees have set up a co-operative to continue to provide popular services for children, young people and families in one town in North East England.

 

The Butchers Arms

They’re pouring pints again at the Butchers Arms after community intervention and assistance from the Hub.

 

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Tees Music Alliance

The Hub assisted this established North East co-operative to develop a business plan and funding strategy to ensure its long-term sustainability.

 

Flowers from the Farm

A unique marketing co-operative for flower growers blooms across the UK.

 

Hudswell Community Pub

With support from The Co-operative Enterprise Hub, residents and friends of Hudswell, North Yorkshire, formed a co-operative to resurrect their village pub, The George & Dragon.

 

Norton Energy Community

A Yorkshire community will be hoping for windy days ahead, as a wind farm co-operative gets a step closer to construction.

 

Maracuja

Maracuja established itself as a community co-operative with support from the Hub, and began trading in January 2011, with ambitious plans to open Rochdale’s first Anglo-African Cultural Centre.

 

FC United of Manchester

The UK’s biggest supporter-owned football club has raised the finance for a new stadium with a community share issue.

 

Substance

Social research company, Substance, is striding forward, and its team believe the co-operative business model is a big part of their success.

 

Glebelands City Growers

One of the few organic market gardens located in a urban environment was taken over by a workers’ co-operative with help from the Hub.

 

Busy Bee Toy Shop

When the owner of a much loved toy shop decided to retire in January 2009 the residents of Chorlton, South Manchester, formed a community co-operative to take over the business.

 

Saith Seren

This community co-operative in Wales has succeeded in making the local pub a viable enterprise where a commercial brewer failed.

 

AfriCo-operative

Providing African food and goods, some sourced directly from producers, and with 750 local members, AfriCo-operative is set to become a hub for Nottingham’s African community.

 

MICA DIY

Mica DIY provides its independent retailer members with a structured support package to ensure that they can compete with much larger multiples in the DIY market.

 

Leicester Community Music Project

Advice and a grant from the Hub helped this music and arts co-operative to move premises and provide training.Arts and media.

 

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Cambridge Wood Works

A wood recycling co-operative in Cambridge is finding innovative ways to diversify their business and engage with the local community.

 

SAVEeasy

The Hub helped this South Wales credit union to develop a long-term business plan and extend its services to help more people in danger of financial exclusion.

 

Oxford Cycle Workshop

Riding on the success of its bicycle repair and recycling shop, one worker’s co-operative in Oxford sought out the Hub’s help to set up a cycling training centre.

 

Cultivate

Cultivate grows fruit and vegetables and runs a mobile green grocery to deliver direct from country fields to city dwellers.

 

Local Food (& More!)

An innovative community co-operative has become the heart of a small village near Stansted Airport.

 

Bristol Energy Co-operative

With a little help from the Hub, the share issue to raise money to install solar panels on community buildings in Bristol far exceeded its target.

 

Clevedon Community Bookshop

With advice and PR support from the Hub the book lovers in a small Somerset town saved the last book shop from closing.

 

Sparks Inc.

A childcare co-operative in Bristol is offering an affordable option to local families and children.

 

A2Z Probate Research

This unique workers’ co-operative operating in the specialised field of probate research and genealogy got off to a good start thanks to business advice from the Hub.

 

Sail Boat Project

What started as a pub conversation between three friends back in 2007 is now a thriving sailing co-operative, offering nautical education and training, sailing practice, sail transport and sailing.

 

R-ECO

Advice and training from the Hub has helped this award-winning energy co-op to tackle bigger projects and to extend its customer base.

Who we've helped

To date, around 1,500 communities and groups have received free advice and training from The Co-operative Enterprise Hub to establish or grow a co-operative.

Whether it’s a community pub, village hall or arts collective, co-operatives from Aberdeen to Anfield, Belfast to Brighton and Cumbria to Cornwall have all benefitted from the tailored support that the Enterprise Hub offers. Check out our interactive map to learn more about some of the fabulous co-operatives we've supported.