Early Autumn news update

Early Autumn news CCF (1)

Community Land Trust secures investment for people powered land ownership initiative

A land trust rooted in activism with a bold mission statement to acquire and steward property on behalf of the local community has secured vital funding for their latest property procurement.

Stokes Croft Land Trust (SCLT) is a grassroots institution governed and run by local people for the long-term acquisition and stewarding of community assets in the Stokes Croft area …

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Fifty years of Friendship and Finance

Our interview series meeting people from our fifty years so far continues. Recently we have spoken to Claire Horrell of the Real Farming Trust, our own Kevin Lloyd-Evans, and Alain Demontoux, Tiziana O'Hara of Co-op Alternatives in Norther Ireland,
Tim Blanc of Essential Trading, legend in his own lifetime to many Andy Love, and more.

These interviews reveal fascinating details and memories of not just fifty years of our work but of the co-op movement - do check them out here.
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From the archive - our very first AGM Minutes and more

Our exploration of our archive continues and we've been sharing photos of past loans including to Point Europa in Cornwall, Oxford Cycle Workshop, Somerset Wood Recycling and gems like these Minutes and our share offer.

We're also indebted to David Still for sharing some of his own photos - just look at these - are you there?
Coop Finance Equality Agenda

An Equality Agenda for Co-op and Community Finance

After a year on our Board, Trustee Owen Dowsett writes on the progress we are making towards an equality agenda.

He recognises progress made so far, identifies priority areas to work on, questions to ask and explores how our work sits within a wave of change across our the sector.
Coop Finance Energy Resilience Fund

Finance available to help co-ops and community businesses in England save on energy

We are proud to be part of the Energy Resilience Fund, a new, time limited pilot project aiming to help co-operatives, community businesses and social enterprises retrofit energy generating or energy saving technology on community owned or managed buildings

Business Development Manager, Tim Coomer, said: “The combined effects of the climate crisis and the cost of living crisis mean that energy resilience is increasingly important to co-ops, community businesses and us all. This fund will help high energy users, working in deprived communities or with marginalised groups to future-proof their work, enabling them to continue to provide their vital services”

Find out more on our dedicated page here

Scam alert: Fraudulent website removed

CCF Scam Alert
In August we were alerted to a website offering loans to individuals, using our name and another co-operative’s branding.

This website was offering personal loads to individuals and required an upfront payment to release them.

This website is fraudulent and we have been able to get it removed.

Please note that we:
  1. Only operate online through this website – www.coopfinance.coop and the social media channels which are linked in our footer
  2. Never offer loans to individuals
  3. Never ask for upfront fees.
If you are in doubt at all about please call us on 0800 464 7262

For concerns about any other financial institution please check their details with Companies House and/or the Financial Conduct Authority and if you continue to have concerns then report them to Action Fraud
Ten Years of The Globe
We are delighted to share that a music co-op we’ve worked with in the past is reaching a fantastic milestone next year.
Newcastle’s award-winning independent music venue, The Globe, on the western edge of the city centre, will be celebrating its tenth anniversary of community-ownership with the 10 YEARS A CO-OP festival on 26-30 April 2024.

Save the dates now – 26-30 April 2024
Tickets will go on sale on 1 February 2024

More information is coming soon so keep an eye on the website

Hot off the press

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

Co-operatives UK released their Co-operative and Mutual Economy Report: the numbers are impressive - 9113 businesses, £87.9bn revenue, 74m members and 411,634 employees.

The Confederation of Co-operative Housing is working with Repowering London on retrofitting flats to improve energy efficiency

Co-operative College has launched new values based training courses

The Co-op Foundation have launched their new strategy to boost impact

Events round up

Events coming up
8 November : Co-op Connections in Edinburgh
9 November: The Ethical Consumer Conference takes place in London next week
22 November: Plunkett Foundation shops webinar: Reducing Reliance on Wholesalers and Strengthening Local Supply Networks
23 November: The Practitioners Forum is back, in Manchester

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