Spring news update

Spring news CCF

Local pub thrives as residents prepare for next stage of community development

We are thrilled to be providing further support for The Sir Walter Raleigh pub in East Budleigh

The Sir Walter Raleigh has quickly become a favourite in the region after being purchased by residents as a community pub with the help of our More Than A Pub finance package in 2022. Since taking ownership the community has come together to repaint, refurbish, provide new signage, as well as make improvements to the rear beer garden and courtyard. The community now aims to attract more visitors and secure the long-term future of their community pub with a plan to refurbish the upstairs apartment as self-catering tourist accommodation.

Read more here
CCF Recruiting Chair 2023 (1)

Could you be our new Chair?

We are looking for a dynamic new Chairperson to lead our board in providing strong strategic support to the small executive team, chair quarterly meetings, promote high standards of governance, encourage positive change and uphold our strong ethical values and co-operative principles.

The commitment includes:

- Four daytime hybrid meetings a year
- Our AGM in June
- A two-day in person business planning/ strategy session
- Sitting on sub- committees
- Member of the lending credit committee for certain levels of lending.
- Representing the organisation at various events and act as an Ambassador.

This is an unpaid role but all reasonable travel and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed and it looks great on your CV!

Sound good for you or someone you know? Find out more here

The celebrations have begun!

We were delighted to unveil a timeline charting fifty years of ICOF (and other!) history as we launched our birthday celebrations at Cooperative Futures recent From Crisis to Co-ops Conference.

We dedicated this to co-operative giant Roger Sawtell who we know many of you remember fondly. Read more about this event, here
Coop and Community Finance EDI one year on

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion โ€“ our progress so far

In April 2022, we signed The Diversity Forumโ€™s Manifesto.

Weโ€™ve now created a new page on our website which we will update, so it charts the key steps we take on our journey.
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Meet model borrowers, Green City Wholefoods

We love this piece, written twenty five years ago by Martin Meteyard, member of GreenCity Wholefoods co-operative from January 1983 till November 1997.

Martin explains how we have supported them time and time again - it's a lovely window into our past, and theirs. And we've added to it as Green City kept coming back...

Explore The Borrowers Point of View here
ICOF 50th Antiques R Us

From the archives

Throughout this year, we'll be sharing images and memories from our first fifty years on our website and we are finding some fabulous pictures!

Above is Antiques 'R Us - not a type of business we've lent to often! More images from the archive recently have included the Foundation for Human Development, Bookprint Co-op, Adept Retro Housing, and the thrillingly, still going, Ashington Autospares, Cleggs Lane Nursery and Hastings Furniture

See more archive images here

Happy birthday from Dame Pauline Green

"You will never quite understand how much influence you have had"

What in incredible quote from an incredible woman!

We were delighted to speak to Dame Pauline Green about her memories of ICOF.

Pauline has held an astonishing range of positions with the co-ops world including President of ICOM, Co-operative MEP and Leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, first female CEO of the Cooperative Union, President of ICA Europe and President of the global International Cooperative Alliance.

We are grateful to Pauline for sharing her time and news about her latest fintech co-ops hopes.

Read more from Pauline here

Read more archive interviews here
CCF Remembering Roger Sawtell

Remembering Roger Sawtell

As we have been preparing for our 50th birthday celebrations, one name has been coming up over and over again, appearing in memories, paperwork and documentation.

Here, Alain Demontoux, our Operations and FCA Compliance Manager, looks at the legacy left by Roger Sawtell, a gentle coop giant, who died at the age of 95 on December 15th 2022

Hot off the press

๐Ÿ—ž Here are a few news stories that have caught our eye recently

๐Ÿ  Housing Press wrote about Community Land Trusts as 'a useful tool' for housing delivery

๐ŸŒฒ 450 trees have been planted to celebrate 40 years of supporting local economies in Wales

๐Ÿ› ️ workers.coop is taking shape, and their new website is up and running

๐Ÿด󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Welsh government commits another ยฃ600k for credit unions

๐Ÿ“… Events round up

Events coming up

๐ŸŽŸ️ BOOKING NOW: The Stir to Action Festival will be held in Manchester this year, on May 19 & 20. We're sponsoring the festival, and are sole sponsors of the Thursday night welcome event. See you there?

๐Ÿด󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Interested in co-op housing around the world and in Wales? Join guest speaker Mike Hedges MS online on April 3 to find out why Wales is different.

๐Ÿ›️ ๐Ÿ“ฎ Want to diversify your Community Business income streams? Join Plunkett Foundation on the 26th April as they explore the options - from shepherds huts to craft workshops, dry-cleaning services to supper clubs and more

๐Ÿ’ป Co-operatives UK and The Co-operative Bank are hosting a co-ops hackathon to promote digital innovation in the co-op movement in person, on Friday 12 May

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