Councils and co-ops: are Co-operative Development Bodies the missing link?

Co-op Culture and Principle 6

Co-operative development bodies can work with councils to double the size of co-op economy, said Mark Simmonds at the 2019 Co-operative Councils Innovation Network (CCIN) conference

Mr Simmonds, from Co-op Culture and Principle 6, ran a workshop on how co-operative development bodies (CDBs) could help councils achieve the aim of doubling the size of the co-operative economy. This aspiration has been voiced in several places, he said, including in Co-operatives UK’s National Co-operative Development Strategy (NCDS), the Co-ops Unleashed report produced by the New Economics Foundation for the Co-op Party, and from shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

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