10 November 2008

Member visit: Co-opportunity & Essential Trading

While I was in Bristol I visted Co-opportunity, A worker co-operative since 1997 founded by: Mark Hitchins, Simon Jacobson and, Tim Blanc. They have grown to 5 members and deliver financial accounts and database solutions to Local Authorities and third sector organisations. Among other things we discussed tax effeicent profit distribution for IPS co-operatives and why Bristol has such a large cluster of co-operatives.

I also visisted Essential Trading a worker co-operative with 84+ members. Essential specialises in supplying natural, organic, fair trade vegetarian & vegan wholefoods to independent businesses in the UK. Essential is the 3rd Largest worker co-operative in the UK.

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