Welsh Co-operatives and Mutuals Commission

The independent Commission chaired by Andrew Davies has been set up to make recommendations on growing and developing the co-operative and mutual economy in Wales.

The deadline for submitting evidence is fast approaching. You are encouraged to address your evidence to the questions the Commission is asking below and submit by April 19th if possible. The Commission has indicated it may be able to take evidence that arrives a few days late, but getting it in on time will help them enormously.

They want to hear your views
The Commission would like to hear views from people in Wales and wider afield: producers, consumers, householders, those in and out of work, local communities, those running businesses in Wales, those with experience of the co-operative and mutuals sector and  individuals, communities or groups who would like to start their own enterprise.

  • What opportunities are there for developing and growing co-operatives and mutuals in Wales?
  • What role should co-operatives and mutuals take in the delivery of public services in Wales?
  • How can the Welsh Government support the formation and growth of co-operatives and mutuals in Wales?
  • What scope is there for existing co-operatives and mutuals to expand their operations in Wales and to assist other co-operatives to set up and grow.
  • Have you ever considered setting up or converting to a co-operative or mutual enterprise in Wales?
  • If so, where did you go for information and support and did you receive appropriate advice?
  • If you have received business advice in Wales, were you provided with information about the co-operative and mutual business models? How helpful was that advice? In what ways could it be improved?
  • What constraints are you aware of in establishing and expanding co-operatives and can you suggest ways of getting around them?
  • Are there ways in which the use of information technology and social media could be used to strengthen the co-operative and mutual economy in Wales?

How your views will help
Your views will help inform the Commission’s findings which will be presented to the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science.

How to respond
The deadline for responses is 19 April 2013.
Please submit your views and suggestions in one of the following ways:

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Join in the conversation
The Welsh Co-operative and Mutuals Commission Linkedin group  allows members to share knowledge, provide feedback and discuss the issues being discussed by the Commission.

Welsh Co-operative and Mutuals Commission
c/o Welsh Government
Ground Floor, North Wing QED Centre Main Avenue Trefforest Estate
Pontypridd CF37 5YR

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