Our mission is to promote the application of international co-operative principles, to help people establish new social enterprises and to enable social enterprises to work together to be financially, environmentally and socially sustainable. We aim to provide high quality services to our user members and secure, fairly rewarded work to our worker members. We offer specialist support to co-operatives, particularly those bringing different groups together and those that make measurable impacts on the reduction of carbon emissions.

IYC 2012 SFEDI Accredited Business Adviser Co-operatives UK Member

March 2014 newsletter - featuring 'New tools for funding community enterprise' March 31st Taunton

Download our latest newsletter below to find out more about Co Cars, the latest update to the Somerset Rules, Social Investment Tax Relief and an exciting event on March 31st to which you are all welcome. The venue is the Hot House at Taunton Conference Centre (directions here).

Also below, the latest newsletter from the FEED project - find out how we are doing in our efforts to improve opportunities for citizen finance in France and the UK.

The rise of the IPNEDS: is it the end of co-operation as we know it?

Today saw the publication of Lord Myners' progress update on his investigation into the organisation of the Co-op Group. He has given us a pretty clear pointer about where this might go.
There will be a lot of concern about what this report is proposing: the summary that many media outlets have gone for is 'Co-op to have two boards, members excluded from the one that matters'. That's pretty hair raising.

But I think if you read the Myners progress update it is actually pretty intelligent, and makes a strong case for being rooted in the desire to preserve co-op principles.

Autumn 2013 newletter

This is the latest news from Somerset Co-op Services, including credit unions, co-operative CICs, and the cross-channel FEED project.

June 2013 newsletter now out

Please download and read our newsletter: it covers the Ecological Land Co-op, the Co-op Enterprise Hub in Somerset, Co-operatives Fortnight and much more!

Do you need help with the completion of your on-line Corporation Tax Return?

If so, do remember our resident tax expert, Sandra Aldworth.

Kate says Goodbye!

Kate Whittle has reluctantly decided it is time to move on. She will be leaving SCS at the end of September. Kate has found it increasingly challenging to find the time to travel to work with SCS clients – widely located across the length and breadth of Somerset, from her home in Bristol.

Somerset Co-operative Services publishes CIC version of the Somerset Rules

As an addition to the revised Somerset Rules, recently launched by Somerset Co-operative Services, we are proud to announce the publication of the CIC Somerset Rules 2012. Like other Community Interest Companies, the Multistakeholder Co-operative (CIC) Rules offer all the advantages of a regular CIC, including an asset lock, as well as democratic voting - one member one vote, different classes of user and non-user members, social accounting and provision for a commonwealth council. Please download the Rules below or contact alex@somerset.coop for further information.

The Somerset Rules - some examples

The Somerset Rules 2012 - newly revised and updated - are a unique set of I&PS
Model Rules for a multi-stakeholder co-operative, combining the accountability and
democracy of co-ops with the social reporting and investment opportunities
associated with social enterprise.
If you are registering a social enterprise, consider using these new rules. They have a number of
advantages that you may benefit from:
• different stakeholder groups can have a balanced voice in the business

New Revised Rules are approved!

Somerset Co-operative Services is delighted to be able to tell the world that the new, revised and improved Somerset Rules 2012 have been approved by the FSA and Co-operatives UK, and are now available for registration.

Below you can download the new Rules for inspection, along with a document highlighting the main changes.

The biggest change is that amendments should no longer be necessary - a range of options now permits a choice of arrangements to suit every circumstance.

Please contact us for details of registration process and costs.

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