Community Support

Community co-operatives

Support to develop community co-operatives

Community co-operatives provide for shared ownership and control of services or assets, such as shops or utilities. This can be vital in areas where external investment is not readily available but also gives the community control over issues such as strategy and working conditions – and income can be invested back into the community, through local projects.

Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) is the arm of Scottish Enterprise working in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise that supports company growth through co-ownership and collaborative business models. They offer advice to help you choose and implement the best co-operative business model for your organisation or community.
 

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