What are the Future Prospects for Co-operatives?

20th January 2014

An Event to Provoke Thinking and Consultation on the prospects and opportunities for co-operative developments for the Sheffield City region Organised by The Social Economy Forum * and stimulated by.

. Ed Mayo: Secretary General Co-operatives UK. Meg Munn: Sheffield Heeley: Labour & Co-operative MP Purpose: We want to stimulate discussion around what can co-ops offer for: 1. Growing Economic Prospects across the Sheffield City Region, 2. Creating New Job Opportunities for the SCR 3. Contributing to the Social Renewal of the City Region - We will also welcome feedback on what should be done to grow new opportunities through Co-operative ventures and initiatives and how the Local Enterprise Partnership can help this. The co-operative economy contributes £35.6 billion annually and has 13.5 million members. It has grown consistently throughout the worst economic crisis in living memory 23% growth since 2008. But last year, the Co-op Bank fiascos made a huge dent in the co-operative reputation, values and public perceptions. This raises questions such as: Can this growth continue? So, what are the future prospects? What do we want to achieve for Our City Region? How can the LEP and other City Region & National players support this? JOIN US: FREE EVENT, PLACES ARE LIMITED SO PLEASE BOOK EARLY You will need to sign up by Friday 31st January.

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