How to start a co-op shop

August 1, 2012

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The People’s Supermarket, a newish co-op supermarket on Lamb’s Conduit St, has just published Secret Sauce, the story of how it got going, with advice for other wannabe co-op start-ups.

The guide covers areas such as:

How can you find and secure the right premises?

How do you finance yourself at start-up?

How do you attract members, stock the shop, organise an effective product offer and keep the momentum going?

Part of the aim of the People’s Supermarket was to build a membership and client base that truly reflected the make-up of the local area, that delivered commercial success with social value. The report talks about how they grew and engaged their membership, structured their business and developed their offer. It has been published by NESTA and is available online for free here.

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Social Value and the Public Services (social value) Act

July 24, 2012

New legislation now requires local authorities and other public bodies to consider the social and environmental impact of contracts. This means taking account of a wider set of factors than simply price.

To do this it will be necessary to measure the potential social and environmental benefits or costs of a particular provider or approach.

Social Enterprise UK have produced a brief guide to the new legislation – the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 – to explain what the Act means and its likely implications for procurement and commissioning.

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Clubbing Together: The Hidden Wealth of Communities

July 16, 2012

A new report from Think Tank Respublica explores how membership of social clubs and leisure activities can contribute to social and public good.

Clubbing Together: The Hidden Wealth of Communities includes case studies which demonstrate that the contagious attitudes of engagement found in clubs can not only generate hidden wealth, but also create ‘spin-offs’ of social value: benefits which spill over into the wider community, when social goods become springboards for public good.