Co-operatives UK publishes guide to turning public services into mutuals

Co-operative Business District has been written with Mutual Ventures and is free

Co-operatives UK guide
Co-operatives UK guide

Co-operatives UK, the umbrella body for the cooperative sector, has published a free guide to help public sector workers convert their services into independent mutuals.

Co-operative Business District is written with Mutual Ventures, a social enterprise that exists to help spin-outs. It outlines the main issues that public sector spin-outs will face.

The guide highlights the importance of effective business planning and financial projections, the need to make sure that the organisation has buy-in from staff and stakeholders and the necessity of start-up funding. It also examines the technical difficulties involved in staff transfer, procurement law and registering as a separate body.

Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co-operatives UK and a member of the Mutuals Taskforce set up by the government, said: "The government has ambitious targets for the number of public sector workers setting up cooperatives.

"We need to ensure they get high-quality information so that the new businesses they set up are sustainable, well run co-operatives that successfully unleash the talents and energies of their employees and users."

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