Follow the trail
Includes Community Businesses, Co-ops, Social Enterprise. Resources for those engaged or interested in these areas, more added as we come across them. Divided into
- Credit Unions appear on Ethical and Social Investment page, as do Community Investment bodies.
- Rural on Communities page; Community (development) resources.
- Regeneration is part of Housing/Planning page.
A listings style page, within the Areas of Concern grouping.
See Magazines page for New Sector etc.
Understanding Social Enterprise was downloadable from Social Enterprise London - have a look under 'Social Enterprise?' section.
Co-operative Working 1, 2 and 3 was part of a range of publications produced by Co-operatives Research Unit at the Open University - may still be available at Dept for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise? A selection of learning materials covering different aspects and different stages in the development of worker co-ops. From CRU, Technology Faculty, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, phone 01908 653054, email: A.S.Walters@open.ac.uk
Radical Routes How to set up a workers' co-op and How to set up a housing co-op booklets. Contact Footprint Workers Co-op to check availablity, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UK Society for Co-operative Studies publishes a regular Journal, but probably only for those really interested in all aspects of co-operative activity.
Academic providers, including School for Social Entrepreneurs, can be found on Professional Development page.
CIC Association "the home of regulated social business".
Community Action Network - CAN-online. Links activists and social entrepreneurs.
Social Enterprise Academy, in Scotland, providing learning and development programmes for leaders and potential leaders of social enterprises.
Social Firms UK works mainly through regional networks. They have some publications on mental health service users moving to work, asset transfer etc. (Social Firms are here defined as businesses set up to create employment for disabled people.)
Co-Enterprise Business development agency for social enterprises and Community Business in Birmingham. Website disappeared Jan 2010, so may have closed. 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR, phone 0121 687 8790.
Co-operative Futures supports development of social enterprises in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Swindon and Wiltshire.
- Assist Social Capital A Scottish project to promote the concept (and
- Community Development Foundation
Social inclusion, regeneration, network society are some of the options.
- Community Enterprise
Ltd Business Support, Training and Consultancy Services for the
Social Economy, based in Edinburgh.
- Co-operative Assistance Network
Trainers and consultants with various briefing sheets on the web site,
including on housing, food and childcare co-ops.
- Co-operatives UK is
the merged body of co-op 'trade associations' - worker, consumer, housing,
community and other co-op types. Legal and other
services and support, training. Holyoake House, Hanover St, Manchester,
M60 0AS. Co-operative & Community
is a sister organisation providing loan finance for co-operatives,
employee owned businesses and social enterprises.
- EMES Research Network
European social economy research network.
City Network Developing learning partnerships between cities, employers
- LetsLink Information on setting up and running Local Exchange Trading
Systems or Schemes - trading locally without money (using 'complementary
- Social Firms Run by Edinburgh
- Social Economy
Legal a blog from a trainee solicitor
in Belfast. Note that there are some legal differences between Northern
Ireland and other parts of the UK.
- Time Banking A variation
on Lets (not to be confused with
Time Bank, a volunteering set up). Also see Fair
- uk.coop is the online directory of co-operatives.
- For an international angle on Social Entrepreneurs, take a look at
Ashoka or its online resource Changemakers.
- Institute for Social Entrepreneurs.