Co-operative Development Scotland

Support for co-operative and employee-owned enterprises

We work in partnership with Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS), a Scottish Enterprise subsidiary, to support the development of co-operative and employee-owned enterprises across Scotland.

CDS proactively support the growth of key industries where collaboration is crucial to competitiveness. Our support includes:

  • Exploring the options
  • Structuring the company
  • Financing the business
  • Developing member participation 

How CDS can help your business

CDS offer advice to help you choose the best co-operative business model for your organisation and can guide you through the process, including access to funding and legal models.

Do you want to:

  • Collaborate with other businesses or share ownership of a community service?
  • Sell your business to your employees?
  • Meet our employee ownership ambassadors?

Collaboration Prize 

Each year, HIE works in partnership with others to promote collaborative working practices amongst organisations all over Scotland.  One way we do that is through the Collaboration Prize which stimulates discussion and offers a level of support valued by those who have participated.

The prize, which is being jointly funded and managed by Scottish Development International and Co-operative Development Scotland, urges firms to think collaboratively and pitch an idea for a new collaborative enterprise that will help them to access new markets.  Accessing new international markets will be a specific focus of this year’s competition and up to 2 of the 5 prizes will be awarded to those consortia who demonstrate strong international ambitions to be delivered via the collaboration.

To get more information and to see if you are eligible, visit the dedicated website to find out more. 

More information 

Watch our short video to hear first hand from Aquascot, based in Alness, on their expereince of operating an employee-owned business. 

Inspired by major customer Waitrose, Aquascot chose employee ownership to secure the future of the Highlands-based business.

“Employee ownership allows us to focus on creating long term value for our employees, our customers and our partners”. - Dennis Overton, Founder & MD Aquascot.

Find out more on the CDS website > 


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