Arrival of Enterprise Hub signals exciting co-operative future in Scotland

March 11, 2011

Scottish communities are set to receive a massive boost following the launch today (Friday, 11 March) of The Co-operative Enterprise Hub, a business support service dedicated to the creation and growth of member-owned enterprises.

Announced in Glasgow, The Co-operative Enterprise Hub - a £7.5 million investment in the sector by The Co-operative Group, the world’s largest consumer co-operative with 6 million members – will offer advice, training and consultancy to Scottish communities re-discovering the benefits of self-help and mutual ownership.

The ‘Hub’ aims to support ‘a co-operative a day’ throughout 2011 as the business model enjoys a renaissance from a public increasingly concerned for environment, ethical trading and sustainability. From pubs to grocers, cafes to childcare, it is seen as an attractive model for today’s ethically motivated entrepreneur.

Peter Marks, Group Chief Executive of The Co-operative, said: “We are seeing more and more people setting-up, running and growing member-owned enterprises as consumers take ownership into their own hands and, have a say in the running of businesses and services that meet the demands of local communities.

“Contributing to a more balanced and sustainable economy, the co-operative business model is again seen as a modern, effective and relevant approach to business and has, without doubt, an exciting part to play in fostering future enterprise.”

Martin Meteyard, from Co-operative Business Consultants (CBC) - lead delivery partner for The Co-operative Enterprise Hub in Scotland, continued: “Society is increasingly looking for an alternative approach to business, one that can inspire change to the way organisations and services are run.

“The ‘Hub’ is an exciting development and will provide the specific advice needed to support the development of sustainable co-operative enterprises - reinforcing the fabric of our communities and contributing to a more balanced economy.

”We are particularly pleased to be partnering with existing providers whose services the ‘Hub’ will complement – Co-operative Development Scotland and the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society.”

The Co-operative Enterprise Hub operates through a central website with a network of local co-operative development experts providing dedicated advice, training and guidance - including up to four days free business consultancy - on how to set up, run and grow sustainable co-operative enterprises. 

For more information about The Co-operative Enterprise Hub, how to set up a co-operative enterprise and the support, advice and finance available to new and existing co-operative businesses, visit or email

Notes to Editors

About the launch event:

The launch of The Co-operative Enterprise Hub in Scotland:

  • Date: Friday 11 March 2011
  • Venue: Scottish Youth Theatre, Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow. 
  • Time: 1:30pm – 3:45pm
  • For further information, to book attendance or arrange interviews: Contact Andrew Torr in The Co-operative Group Press Office on Tel: 0161 827 5622.

For media enquiries, interviews or more information, please contact:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Group Press Office
T: 0161 827 5622