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.

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A great gathering of co-ops for Co-operatives Fortnight!

Thanks to everyone who gave up their time on a sunny day to gather at the Albemarle Centre on the 2nd July. It was a fantastic meeting with lots of useful new ideas and reports from dynamic and successful co-ops.

See you I hope at our next event - Alternative Currencies in Langport on July 17th.

Group photo cheering

Our June newsletter and invite to a Co-op Business Lunch on July 2nd in Taunton

You'll find below our June Newsletter, with information about a number of forthcoming events.

In particular, please do come along to our Co-operative Business Lunch (and our AGM beforehand) on July 2nd in Taunton.

Gatecrashing the Social Investment Tax Relief party

When the first hints began to come from government, a year or more ago, that they were considering a specific form of tax relief for investors in social enterprises, it piqued the interest of co-operative development workers around the country.

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.
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