A roundtable discussion at the 2019 Co-operative Alternatives AGM with launch of new support programme ‘Get Ready to Grow’.

About this Event

Why the local economy can benefit from worker co-operatives? What do we need to do to encourage and support the growth of more co-operatives in Northern Ireland? These are the questions we will address at this year roundtable discussion organised by Co-operative Alternatives on Thursday the 7th November in Loveworks Co-operative, McCrory Centre, 130 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 3NY. Followed by Co-operative Alternatives AGM.

We have invited back Ellie Perrin from Liverpool University who has spent great part of 2019 with co-operatives in Northern Ireland and will share some of the preliminary findings of her field research and Mary McManus who is currently researching the concept of Community Wealth Building in Queen’s University Belfast and will tell us about her visit and impressions of the inspirational Preston model.

Community Wealth Building is a new practical way to think about the economy. This focuses on re-addressing the imbalances in public spending, ownership models and favours local co-operatives as a mean to root wealth in our region.


5.30 Registration, Tea & Coffee with Loveworks’ scones.

6.00 Co-operative Alternative Chair welcome

6.05 Ellie Perrin on Worker Co-operatives

6.20 Mary McManus on Community Wealth Building

6.35 Discussion chaired by Gavin Bell

7.00 Launch of ‘Get Ready to Grow’ a new programme funded by Co-op Foundation – Tiziana O’Hara

7.15 Co-operative Alternatives AGM

  • Introductions and welcome to members by the Chair
  • Minutes of last AGM
  • Annual report by the Chair Tony McQuillan
  • Statement of Accounts 2019
  • Motion to take up option to not appoint an auditor
  • Election of the Board

7.45 Close

Date And Time

Thu, 7 November 2019

18:00 – 20:00 GMT

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Loveworks Co-operative

Macrory Centre

130 Duncairn Gardens


BT15 2GL

United Kingdom

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