23 April 2009

Worker Co-operative Forum in June

I have updated the Congress website with details of the worker co-operative forum taking place on the Friday 26th June. If you are interested in attending and want more info or have any feedback (have topics to fill the open session) please get in touch with me.

If the full package is too expensive for your co-operative we have found alternative accomdation for £33 a night which can bring the cost of Congress down, check the main website for more information and the rest of the programme.

A training and networking event for small and medium sized co-operatives.

Worker co-operatives are pioneering businesses using innovative employment practices and alternative approaches to business issues. These sessions are a chance for worker co-operatives to share knowledge with each other and the wider movement.

A day rate of £80 plus VAT is available for the Friday and any delegate attending the full weekend will have access to this special programme.

We are providing free exhibition space for all small and medium co-operatives that pay for the full package (£550) and if you book before the 21st May you will also receive a free advert in the Co-operatives 2009 Programme.


9:30 Arrival and help desk opens

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Employee Co-operative Council.
The representative body for worker co-operative and employee owned members of Co-operativesUK

10:15 How to promote your co-operative
A workshop on how to make the most of your co-operative status in the current economic environment - Sean Bish, Ethos PR

11:15 Effective meetings and reaching concensus
How to effectively run meetings and get consensus decisions within a co-operative – Mark Simmonds, Co-operativesUK

12:15 Lunch
An opportunity to find out more about other co-operatives, get contacts and network.

13:00 Dealing with Human Resource issues
Recruiting, supporting and when necessary disciplining workers within a democratic workplace.

14:00 Implementing the Code of Governance
A workshop on the Worker Co-operative Code of Governance and related resource as practical tools to deal with issues and improve performance in your co-operative – Bob Cannell, Suma

15:00 Open Session
This session will be open for attendees to propose topics for discussion on the day.

16:00 Wrap up and close
The Employee Co-operative Council will wrap up the day and discuss priorities for the future.

16:30 Finish
There will be a number of other activities after these workshops, check the main congress programme for more information. For those wishing to extend conversations and networking the Bar will be open for the rest of the night.

19:30 Welcome Reception
For those paying the additional £20 there will be an evening of food and drink celebrating the Co-operative Colleges 90th Birthday. A great opportunity to mix with all parts of the co-operative movement. Weather permitting there will be a BBQ held in the gardens of Beaumont House.

To book online click here, or contact:

Tel: 01323 637710
Fax : 01323 637777
Email : cooperatives2009@confpeople.co.uk

For all other enquiries about this programme please contact:
John Atherton
0161 246 2961
Email: john.atherton@cooperatives-uk.coop

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