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Feb 16th – Funding & Finance for Co-operatives

Bristol and Bath
Co-operative Business Forum:

Funding & Finance for Co-operatives

There is funding and financing available for co-operatives in the former Avon area to meet start up, expansion and specific project costs. This event aims to inform co-operatives of these sources of finance and to give an opportunity to ask questions to representatives of the financing organisations:

Social Economy Development Fund: Co-ops and other social enterprises can apply for up to £10,000 grant. Ronnie Brown from Greater Bristol Foundation which administers the Fund Panel will be presenting background to the fund and introducing the funding criteria used. Currently this fund is under-subscribed by co-operatives.

Co-op Groups’ Community Dividend Fund: Co-ops and community groups can apply for between £100 and £5,000 grants. Elin Hogan came to the Co-operative Business Forum a year ago to introduce the fund. Now she returns with news of successful applications and to answer further questions about the fund.

Avon & Bristol Co-operative Finance: ABCF offers loans to co-operatives and other social enterprise of up to £100,000. There will be a presentation on the types of loans offered by ABCF and the process of applying for loans.

Triodos Bank: Triodos is one of Europe’s leading ethical banks, with UK operations based in Bristol. Susan Cooper will be introducing the services offered by Triodos to co-operatives.

Phone Co-op: The Phone Co-op is a member owned phone company. Members pay less for their calls using their existing phone line. Profits are either reinvested in the co-op for future development or paid back to members as dividend.

Venue – Conference
Room, Upstairs @ CDA, Coach House, 2 Upper York Street, Bristol BS2 8 QN
Date – Monday 16th February 04
Time – 5.30pm onwards (see over)

There is no need to book a place but for catering purposes please let us know how many people from each co-op will be attending.

Funding & Finance for Co-operatives

Come hear from local grant and loan finance providers relevant to co-operatives

Date – Monday 16 February 04

@ The Conference Room, The Coach House, 2 Upper York Street, Bristol BS2 8QN

5.30pm Arrival & welcome
Food and drinks provided
6.00pm Presentation by Ronnie Brown from the Greater Bristol Foundation on the Social Economy Development Fund
6.25 pm Presentation by Elin Horgan from the Co-op Group on their Community Dividend fund
6.50 pm Presentation by ABCF on the local Co-operative & other Social enterprise Loan fund
7.15 pm Presentation by Triodos Bank on their services available to co-operatives
7.40 pm Presentation on the Phone Co-op services

8.00pm ENDS