Co-operative Alternatives
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Welcome to Co-operative Alternatives

Co-operative Alternatives aims to develop and support a strong co-op movement connected across the island of Ireland and doing business in a fair, just and ethical way. We are Northern Ireland’s leading co-operative development agency offering high quality support and expert knowledge to existing and emerging co-operatives.

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Co-op of the Month

March 2017
Creative Workers Cooperative

Creative Workers Co-operative

Working for positive social change

Democratically owned & working for positive social change. Formed in November 2012 as a workers co-operative, the Creative Workers Co-operative is democratically owned and controlled by its workers. Our members have a diverse array of skills in design for print and web, film and photography, as well as a background in community and social activism. It is this mixture that drives us to work for positive social change.

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What's new at
Co-op Alternatives

Join us for FREE tour of NI co-ops

Award-winning Craft beer, expertly refurbished bikes, delicious organic bread and much sought after Lough Neagh eels – what do they have in common? They are all products of successful co-operatives… Read more

New Social Enterprise  programme for Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council

Exciting news for the Lisburn and Castlereagh council area – we have launched ‘Business Solutions’ – a new social enterprise support programme in association with Work West Enterprise Agency. The… Read more