Principles met

  • We will promote community-based approaches to economic development that focus on supporting the creation of jobs, social enterprises and other businesses and providing an environment for co-operative and mutual enterprises to thrive.
  • We will embrace innovation in how we work with local communities to drive positive change.
  • We will capture and ‘expand’ the experience and learning from individual projects and approaches in order to encourage broader application of co-operative principles within individual member Councils and across the Network.
  • We will support the development of a framework and criteria for social value, giving substance to the concept and supporting Councils with the tools to ensure better local social and economic outcomes.
  • In exploring new ways of meeting the priority needs of our communities we will encourage models, such as co-operatives and mutuals, which give greater influence and voice to staff and users. in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.

Oxford City Council and partners led on delivering a test and learn pilot between summer and the end of 2021 on co-operative mapping.

Aim of project

  • To create a directory of purposeful businesses delivering in Oxford’s areas of deprivation that can be disseminated to procurement teams in local authority, anchor institutions and large employers in order to prioritise their tenders to promote social value, community wealth building and inclusive growth.


  • To produce a ‘Social Value Suppliers’ directory
  • To disseminate the directory to procurement teams in target anchor institutions, including large employers, local authorities
  • To trial the directory as a ‘test/learn’ pilot as part of a ‘Growing an Inclusive Cooperative Economy’ Policy Lab

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