Summer news update

Summer news CCF
The Chequer Inn, Ash

500-year-old inn secures new investment for community

The Chequer Inn in the heart of Ash near Sandwich in Kent, saved by its residents in 2018 has secured a new funding package enabling the community pub to thrive as it enters a new chapter under new management.

Jane Greaves, Secretary for the Chequer Inn Ash Society said: “This refinancing by Co-operative & Community Finance of the Chequer Inn, Ash, enables us to enter a new phase of community ownership with confidence. We have been impressed by the support we have received from Kevin Lloyd-Evans but above all his genuine interest in the community, the property and our plans for the future of the Chequers.

Read more here

Delight as village raises enough to save its pub and heritage

We are really pleased to be able support The George Community Pub, in Wickham Market, Suffolk, with an offer of finance to lever in significant support from the The National Lottery Heritage Fund and other match funders.

Being part of offers like this is a great way for us to help organisations raise and match funds.

Read more about it here

Fifty years of friendship and finance

We've been continuing our series of interviews with people who have been part of the ICOF journey over he last fifty years.

In recent weeks we've spoken to Dan and Vic at Unicorn Grocery, Jo White at Co-operative Futures, David Ralley who was there with Roger Sawtell at the very start, Simon Ryan of The Peninsula Trust, Cornwall, Christina Wigmore of Soft Touch Arts, Siôn Whellens of Calverts, Principle Six and, and Ian Taylor who many of you have spoken about when we've chatted to you.
ICOF 50 Cafe Kino

Looking back at our loans

More from the archive here!

Look back at some great photos here or organisations we've worked with:

Bristol Plumbing are still going today. We helped them get on the road with a new van
Oxford Wood Recycling who we supported in the 2010s to buy kit including a kindling machine, and two 3.5 tonne trucks.
Ecosulis to support a management buyout and shift to becoming a worker co-operative Unicorn Grocery who we helped to buy their property
The Phone Co-op kit out their offices
Manchester Tree Station who we worked with three times
and Highland Home Carers the largest employee owned business in Scotland


Stir To Action made it!

Fantastic news - Stir to Action beat their fundraising target of £15k!

The ABCs of the New Economy, a free publication, will offer tools and ideas for 'reversing the social care crisis, remaking food systems, and changing the unfair housing market'

Thanks to everyone who supported them!

Hot off the press

Here are a few news stories that have caught our eye recently

Nominate community businesses and people within them for the Plunkett Foundation Rural Community Business Awards by 5pm on the 8th September

Trying to incorporate the SGDs into your work? Watch this webinar recording from the operative College

£10 million government fund to support Communities across England in setting up local energy projects

New publicly owned energy company launched by Welsh Government, to support 2035 100% renewable electricity goal

Events round up

Events coming up

Bookings are open now for the Senedd Cross Party Group for Co-operatives and Mutuals on Wednesday 20 September

Co-op Connections events are running in Oxford and London on the 10th and 11th October respectively - meet the Co-ops UK Membership Team and make local connections

Join Space 4 for a screening of Co-operation Nation in Islington, North London, on the 12th October are holding their first ever Assembly, in Birmingham on the 25 & 26th October
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