New guide to Workers' Co-ops launched

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

On Saturday 23rd June, co-operators at the annual Futures North conference at Sheffield Hallam University raised a toast and cut a giant cake, to launch the new edition of 'How to Set Up a Workers' Co-op'.

The Seeds for Change collective in Lancaster has updated and expanded the guide, which is now three times bigger, to include information on new kinds of co-operatives and legal structures and more information about finance, flat management structures and co-operative working methods.

It's published by Radical Routes, a UK-wide network of radical housing and workers' co-operatives. Radical Routes has brought together nearly 25 years of grass roots experience of setting up and supporting co-ops into this unique and handy guide.

Kayleigh Robertson, of the editorial collective, said “In the current economic climate more and more people are creating their own opportunities by setting up workers' co-ops. We really want to facilitate this and inspire a new generation of co-operators to create work without bosses.”

Alex Davies from Radical Routes said, “We are publishing the guide to coincide with the United Nations' International Year of Co-operatives and we've extended our usual print run to reflect a growing interest in workers' co-ops.”

The books are available to download for free from both the Radical Routes & Seeds for Change websites. However, the print versions are good value at £4.50.