Early Spring update

Early Spring 2024

Stir to Action Festival - tickets on sale now

After many years of supporting Stir To Action, we’re delighted to announce that once again we’re one of the sponsors of this years Festival, with our sister organisation, the Co-op Loan Fund

The ABCs Festival will be a two-day interactive event at Bristol’s Arts Mansion at Ashton Court from 10-11 July 2024.

Always an inspiring event, providing not only great insights but the opportunity to make great connections – we’ll be there. Join us and hundreds of other people who are transforming their local economy and participate in practical workshops, inspirational panels, and ideas surgeries.

The evening will see entertainment from live bands and DJs from across the UK.

Tickets are on sale now, with Early Bird single day tickets starting at £35. Book now – see you there!
CCF International Women’s Day (2)

Happy International Women's Day!

Today is International Women's Day. The UN theme this year is Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress and that's one we can really get behind.

As a social investor, we see - daily - the power of investment to drive real change, at a local and national scale. We know that only when all members of a community are involved in driving change, can change come for all.

Read more on our website about the UN theme for this year and some of the incredible women who have been part of our story over the last fifty years,

Apply now to be part of the next barefoot training programme

Are you ready to join a new generation of advisors who are committed to democracy in the workplace and local communities?

Apply now to join the next cohort of co-operative and community business advisors on this six-month programme.
Coop Finance Energy Resilience Fund

Still time to apply to the Energy Resilience Fund

Does your co-operatives, community businesses or social enterprise in England own your building or have a significant lease (12 years or more)?

Are you a high energy user looking to retrofit energy generating/saving technology to help you stabilise or reduce energy costs?

The Energy Resilience Fund could help you - check it out here

Tickets on sale for 10th anniversary of UK's first community owned pub/venue

10 YEARS A CO-OP is a five-day, multi-genre music festival that celebrates the tenth anniversary of The Globe in Newcastle being community owned.

Ten years ago a failing pub, today it is a thriving grassroots venue that holds over 30 gigs a month and hosts workshops and courses for musicians, songwriters and dancers.

Read more about the anniversary and explore the programme here

Equality Diversity and Inclusion


The Community Shares Impact Report from Co-operatives UK is out. Like us, they have signed the Diversity Forum Manifesto and they have reported against various equality measures. The full report is here - we pull out some key stats below.

Of the 25 organisations provided with early-stage pre-grant support:
  • 28% were ’unrepresented or excluded’ communities
  • 16% were racially minoritised communities
  • 44% were younger people
  • 20% were communities facing system inequality
  • 20% were organisations tackling the climate crisis
Of the organisations receiving development grant support to prepare share offers
  • 54% had some minoritised ethnicities representation
  • 18% were represented by minoritised ethnicities
The Booster Fund targets less affluent areas where support can make the biggest difference. It uses the Indicees of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) to identify these areas.
  • 50% of the investments were made in IMD 1-3 areas
  • 93% of the investments were made in IMD 1-7 areas

Hot off the press

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

BREAKING NEWS: We've just heard that our borrowers The Sir Walter Ralight Community Owned Pub in Devon have been awarded a prestigious AA Rosette! Congratulations to all the team!

The 2023 issue of the World Cooperative Monitor report is out - it explores the economic and social impact of the largest cooperatives and mutuals worldwide

Equal Care Co-op and Suma to star in a documentary highlighting the power of co-operative businesses.

A “Regional Retrofit Advisory Board” is coming to West Yorkshire

West Midlands Ownership Hub to launch in May

Events round up

Events coming up

The Co-operative Retail Conference runs from the 15-16 March in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. This year, diversity, sustainability, crime, care and AI are on the agenda.

The Worker Co-op Weekend is back - May 17-19 in Bakewell

There are multiple 'Is starting a co‑op right for you?' workshops running across the country - check them out on the Cooperatives UK website

Thee first semiannual meeting of the ICA-CCR Young and Emerging Scholars (YES) Network will take place on the 13th March online

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