Who is it for?

Want to understand a bit more about how co-operatives finance themselves? Are you on a committee and would like a better understanding of the reports you are given? Book a place on our two part introductory course to find out more.

What will I learn?

In this workshop you’ll participate in our lively workshops exploring topics such as:

Part 1:

  • What’s the point of accounts?
  • Why is it confusing?
  • Introducing ‘the financial statement’

Part 2:

  • Types of finance for co-ops
  • Choosing which is right
  • Co-op Specific

The two parts of the course are usually run on the same day. You can attend both part 1 & 2 on the same day or split your attendance over different dates.

How will I learn?

During the workshop you’ll learn by taking part in:

  • Tutor-led discussions
  • Group activities
  • Studying case studies to identify best practice
  • Reflecting on your own experiences of building links in the community and sharing ideas with others

Meet the tutor

Adrian Ashton is a long-standing associate tutor with the college, having previously managed a co-operative development agency and undertaken various researches into the sector from the perspectives of types of co-op, different services and trading activities, and learning needs (including the different ways of how co-ops access support to address these).

Alongside his role with the College, he currently supports a number of national co-op development and support programmes and initiatives, as well as working directly with a number of co-operative enterprises and societies.

Adrian also engages with social enterprises and charities in the delivery of consultancy and training activities, which means he brings additional perspectives to not only the challenges and opportunities co-operatives face, but also the experiences and motivations of their individual members.

Having been feted with a number of national and international bodies in recognition for his enterprise support, he also delivers an ongoing programme of guest lectures within several universities to profile the co-operative model, and its relevance, within different schools of study.

Member Discount

Individual and Organisational members are entitled to 15% off the price of a standard ticket for this course. Just enter the code at checkout.

Not an individual member? Join from as little as £4 per month. See more about our membership offer here.

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