With cooperatives continuing to enjoy a renaissance in spite of the current economic climate, Co-operatives UK has launched the final phase of its online support service to assist business advisors working with co-operatives.
The ‘advise a co-operative’ online support service will help business advisers provide high quality assistance to people who are thinking about setting up a cooperative business.
The service, developed by the experienced team at Co-operatives UK, concludes a series of online support services from the national trade association, adding to the already up and running ‘start a co-operative’ and ‘grow a co-operative’ services launched earlier in the year.
The ‘advise a co-operative’ service will provide business advisers with:
- Specialist legal registration advice;
- Bespoke co-operative governance advice;
- Clear links to events, training and networking;
- Links to a range of relevant resources and publications.
Commenting on the launch of the final phase of the new online support service, Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, said: “Cooperative businesses as a whole have been outperforming the economy, growing by 21% since the start of the credit crunch in 2008, reflecting a turn to more trusted businesses following the financial crisis of the last few years.
“With more and more people exploring the cooperative options, this new support service brings together expert resources and advice to give business advisors key information about cooperatives and signpost them to specialists where needed.”
The online support service launches as part of the International Year of Co-operatives 2012 – a unique opportunity for cooperative businesses and their members and supporters to come together as a global movement to promote how cooperatives build a better world.