Raglan Group working to revitalise Ballymena building

Co-operative Alternatives continues its work with the Raglan Community Development Society in Ballymena on the development of an underused credit union building in Harryville, Ballymena. The group are being assisted… Read more

Success for co-op breweries

Community Shares in locally produced craft beer sold quicker than a cold pint on a hot summer’s day as Northern Ireland’s two brewery co-ops brought in new public investment that… Read more

Co-op Study Tour and public meeting hailed a great success

Tiziana O’Hara and Jo Bird the driving forces behind Co-operative Alternatives organised a very successful Study Tour of Northern Ireland Co-ops plus an international discussion on Co-op responses to Austerity… Read more

Join the Co-operative Convergence: Learn about co-ops in Northern Ireland

There has been a rise in the number of enterprises setting up as co-operatives as a response to austerity and the banking crisis – and now two events in Belfast… Read more

Why Community Shares should be supported

As interest in Community Shares in Northern Ireland continues to build, Co-Operative Alternatives Chair Jo Bird makes a case for increased funding to continue to develop this financial model here…. Read more

Time to “Grow a New Economy”

The Social Enterprise World Forum 2015 was held in Milan, Italy this year and Tiziana O’Hara from Co-Operative Alternatives found the event hugely inspiring. Tiziana writes: The three day event,… Read more

Why should we co-operate?

Co-operation and collaboration can be the key to success for many enterprises. Forward thinking organisations, community groups and individuals are now increasingly harnessing the power of working together to build… Read more

Building a Community through shares

Community shares have proved to be an ideal means of ‘cementing’ finance for local groups planning to take over and restore unused or derelict buildings for the benefit of all…. Read more