Summer news update

New investment secured for 200-year-old village pub with community purpose!

We were delighted to help The Blue Bell pub secure a new funding package enabling it to thrive for the benefit of its community and surrounding local area.

Stoke Ferry Community Enterprise have invested in brand new electrics, underfloor heating and new heating system, a new bar installation, improved accessibility, and a new kitchen as well as improvements to the outside of the pub with children’s area, wooden roofed pods and metal pergola.

Kevin Lloyd-Evans, our Lending and Relationship Manager said: “Working with Alan and Stephen at Stoke Ferry Community Enterprise was a pleasure. I was really impressed with how they dealt with delays and kept moving forward with the refinancing package. Co-operative & Community Finance’s funding works really well by helping build long-term financial viability with affordable monthly repayments. An excellent basis to move forward.”

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Co-ops fortnight

This Co-op Fortnight we are backing backing Co-operatives UK call on all political parties – and the next UK government – to commit to co-operative growth at the next General Election.

You can too - find out how here

We're counting down now until the Stir to Action Festival next month - have you booked your place yet?

We're thrilled to be sponsoring this important event which is always a hive of activity and inspiration!

The Festival will bring together change makers and challengers for practical workshops, inspirational panels, and ideas surgeries - as well as networking, connection and fun.

On Wednesday 10th July, our own Business Development Manager Tim Coomer will host the ‘We’re good for it’: social investment stories' session with representatives from two of our borrowers - Keith Cowling from Stokes Croft Community Land Trust and Margaret Trotter of Four Corners.

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FREE study visits to co-ops in West Yorkshire in Co-op Fortnight!

To mark Co-op Fortnight 2024 – an annual campaign from 24th June to 7th July that celebrates co‑operatives as an altogether different way to do business – our friends at Stir to Action and Co-operatives UK are inviting people to get involved and come along to visit and learn from an exciting range of co-operatives across West Yorkshire. Visits have already taken place to Suma Wholefoods and the Headingley Development Trust

Still to come...

Register here!

Hot off the press

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Events coming up

  • Join Plunkett UK in London on 23rd October for speakers, workshops, and a marketplace at their National Community Business Conference
  • The ever popular Practitioners Forum is back! Book now for the 20th November, Manchester, for Cooperatives UK flagship training and development event.
  • The UK’s biggest employee ownership event EOA Annual Conference will take place on 26th - 27th November in Telford.
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