Principles met

  • We will develop systems that enable citizens to be equal partners in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
  • As a membership organisation, we will make this statement of our principles operational by: • Co-operation among members: Our members work together to help each other implement our values, sharing experiences and learning. • Openness of membership: Full, Associate and Affiliate Membership is open to any qualifying Council, organisation or individual who shares our values and is committed to putting them into action. • Co-production of the Network’s work: Members help shape the Network’s work programme and the content of events and written products. • Action-focused: The network is a vehicle for helping councils translate co-operative values and principles into policy and practice. •Membership-based: The network is majority funded by modest membership subscriptions from its member Councils, Associates and Affiliates. •Non-party-political: Members share the belief that working co-operatively within and across communities holds the key to tackling today’s challenges. working with the CCIN

Brand Ltd ( was established in January 2016; its director Nicola Huckerby is on a mission to help coops become mainstream. She believes that if people can identify a cooperative when they walk along the high street, visit a website, or browse a publication, then choosing cooperatives above businesses owned by their shareholders will be more likely, leading to a better and fairer world.

With 18 years in local government, including economic development and marketing, and more than a decade working in the cooperative movement including five years at the International Cooperative Alliance, Nicola Huckerby established COOP Brand Ltd to help deliver this mission. Since June 2016 she has managed the operations and communications for the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network. During that time, the CCIN has grown from 19 councils to over 120 members and supporters. Nicola provides a focal point for Members, prospective members, and partner organisations, ensuring the smooth running of the Network.

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