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.
Alex is going to be speaking about the innovations in the new Somerset Rules on Saturday 16th August at the justly famous Off Grid festival near Frome. Friends of Somerset Co-op Services can claim a £10 discount on the ticket price - just use the discount code OFFGRID10.
See offgrid-festival.co.uk for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If so, do remember our resident tax expert, Sandra Aldworth.
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.