Mon 8 Jun 2015

Vacancies & Opportunities

Think of this as a noticeboard rather than a discussion board. And, in the spirit of Principle 6, I'm sure people posting something here will be very pleased if you can spread their info more widely.

Also try: https://www.democraticjobs.coop
created by Glowbox worker co-op.


Beanies Wholefoods Fri 6 May

Beanies Wholefoods Co-operative in Sheffield is hiring! We've been a workers' co-op since our inception in 1986 - we run a busy grocery store and Sheffield's longest-running organic veg box scheme. Full job description here: https://www.beanieswholefoods.co.uk/work-with-us


See https://www.selgarsmill.co.uk/founders-for-the-future for details of this collaboration between SSE and the co-op sector


Sarah Fri 6 May

Hi matt, this is not quite at the same level but some organisations like school for social entrepreneurs in devon run various courses (some fully funded) where they help people set up or scale up social enterprises and though they are not just about co-ops they do included looking at co-ops as a potential structure and they often include visits to existing co-ops for the students of the program; they came to visit us (harvest workers co-op) recently as part of their start-up program with a group of young people... I imagine there are similar organisations around uk, thou of course this is much smaller scale and a bit niche so may or may not be of help for your ideas, but just in case is of interest...


Louise Hodgson Mon 9 May



matt wilson Mon 9 May

Hi all

thanks for all the info - very helpful


hi Louise, is that Leeds Environmental Design Associates?


Matt. Try Tanya Noon at Central England


Louise Hodgson Thu 5 May

We are a small workers cooperative, and we have had student placements from Sheffield University in the past. We have also supported work experience placements and students from other countries through the Erasmus scheme. We advertise on university career platforms for our graduate Engineering roles, and we have had some of our members talk at university careers events.


Kate Whittle Thu 5 May

Hi Matt, I suggest you contact Vivian Woodell, Director at Midcounties. I think he would be very supportive. Try vivian@midcounties.coop


matt wilson Thu 5 May

Hi all

I'm working on a project at loughborough university, looking into how we can get coops into spaces such as Careers Services, Graduate placement schemes, etc.

Does any one know of either:

Any attempts to do this at other universities

Any coops/groups which might be interested in having student placements, attending careers fairs, etc etc

Any other pertinent thoughts/infortmation.

Lastly, any one know any one we could contact at either Central England or Mid-Counties Coops regarding this? We're keen to make sure actual coops are the priority, but thought we might get some more traction with coop group too.



Tim Coomer Wed 4 May

Hi All just a little reminder that our Trustee Recruitment deadline for nominations/ applications closes Noon Monday 9th May 2022 - for more information please follow the link and request a nomination/application form from alain@coopfinance.coop . Thanks!



Louise Hodgson Thu 21 Apr

We are recruiting.

Leeds Environmental Design Associates (LEDA) are a multi-disciplinary workers co-operative of architects and building services engineers. We are dedicated to creating great sustainable buildings that respect the environment and are a joy to use.

We have an exciting opportunity for a career in Sustainable Engineering. If you, or someone you know, is an enthusiastic engineer with 3-5 years experience and would like to join our multi-disciplinary team, see the link below for details.

Please share with anyone you know who may be suitable for this role.

Thank you!

WE’RE HIRING! Opportunity for a Sustainable Building Services Engineer (leda.coop)


Title: Cooperation Town Enfield Organiser

Rate: £14.40 per hour

Hours: 24 hours per week, flexible (with some evenings and weekends)

Contract length: Twelve months

Based: London Borough of Enfield.

Work across the borough and remotely..

Application deadline: 9pm on Sunday 8 May 2022


Cooperation Town co-ops are small buying groups, providing their members with free andaffordable groceries, sourced in bulk and distributed at a very low price. Our co-ops are ownedby their members and run according to local needs. Members decide collectively on how toorganise and are responsible for the day to day running of the co-op.While each Cooperation Town co-op is independent, the network is designed to share resourcesand support across the movement.


Tim Coomer Thu 24 Mar

We are recruiting new co-operator trustees: We need you to help grow the new era of co-op and community businesses as we move to our 50th year in 2023 and beyond.

What we do:

ICOF Ltd trading as Co-operative and Community Finance or CCF is the Lender for Social Purpose, lending to ethical businesses since 1973. We offer fair, supportive, and tailored loan finance to meet the needs of a range of co-operatives, social enterprises, and community businesses, across the UK, that are democratically owned controlled by their members. We also provide project and loan management support and consultancy across the social investment sector.

What skills and experience we are looking for:

Post Covid-19 and approaching our 50th Anniversary in 2023 we will be moving into an exciting new phase for the organisation and are looking for both experienced Trustees and individuals looking for their first role, to join us on our journey.

We are looking for new Trustees that have energy and skills and experience across from the co-operative, social economy and community business sectors. Individuals with enterprise, small business or co-op practitioner/ adviser experience would be particularly welcome, as well as individuals with expertise in accountancy and finance, to help us fill skills gaps on our existing board. We will consider members* and anyone with a particular interest in Co-ops, Employee Ownership, Community Wealth Building, Community Business and individuals keen to help us build a fairer future in local communities.

As well as nonspecific Trustee/ Director roles we are also looking for individuals who would be interested in potentially becoming a future Treasurer or Chairperson. And would also very much like to hear from women and individuals of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic heritage to help us further improve the equality and diversity of our board.

What is the commitment?

The board meets five times a year, during the day: this comprises four standard meetings plus an AGM. We typically also hold an in person two-day business planning/ strategy session. Trustees that have specific roles such a Chairperson or Treasurer will have extra responsibilities and will also be required to attend occasional subcommittee meetings.   

This is an unpaid role but all reasonable travel and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed and it looks great on your CV! 

To find out more:

Please visit our website for a Trustee Recruitment Pack containing more information about us and about the role. https://coopfinance.coop/2021/03/31/recruiting-new-trustees-to-create-a-more-diverse-board/

We are happy to arrange informal one-to-one chats or have arranged a drop-in chat, via Zoom, where staff Tim or Alain will be available to chat through any questions or queries about the role. Contact us for a link.

Drop-in Chats:

Thursday 7th April 2022 @ 2:00pm

Tuesday 3rd May 2022 @ 11:00am

Please also connect with us on Twitter @coop_finance and Facebook @CoopCommFinance

To request a nomination/ application form please contact alain@coopfinance.coop directly. We will require you to complete a short application/ nomination form*, provide us with an up-to-date CV, and attend an online interview if shortlisted.  We are also happy to accept video applications addressing the same application questions, if that’s easier for you, but please be advised that videos will be shared widely with ICOF members, if you are successful at interview.  

Application deadline is Noon Monday 9th May 2022 (we will contact you asap to tell you if you have been selected for interview)

Short interviews will take place via Zoom week commencing 16th May 2022

Thank-you so much for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

* Members and Nominations

ICOF Ltd and its associated businesses have open membership and nomination enshrined in their legal make-up and any member can nominate themselves, or others, to be considered for board appointment at the AGM. This year, the board, in order to proactively address skills gaps and improve board diversity, are introducing a shortlisting and interview process and widening the search for new board members. Any existing member can of course still apply or nominate individuals, but we ask they do so through the process set out in the information above and in the Trustee Recruitment Pack available. Please contact us if you have any questions.  


6-month contract (March-Nov) to raise awareness in South Yorkshire of Employee- and worker-owned business - #1MillionOwners, Ownership Hub. £15-20k, Deadline for submissions 2nd March


Abbie Kempson Tue 22 Feb

Stir to Action are recruiting for a Project Manager to run their Affordable Healthy Food Initiative in Oldham, including exploring opportunities to set up food co-ops and veg box schemes:

Project Manager for Healthy Food Initiatives


Kate Whittle Tue 25 Jan

Ethical Consumer are recruiting for the exciting new role of Personnel and Wellbeing Lead. More details here: https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/about-us/working-ethical-consumer


Sophie Corporate Watch Mon 13 Dec 2021

👋 Hi everyone! Sophie from Corporate Watch here.

We're hiring! We're currently looking for:

1. Trainee anti-capitalist researcher, to research & write about companies + the social & environmental impact of corporate power.

2. Freelance contributors to do similar work.

We're especially encouraging Black & POC applicants, but all will be carefully considered. Closing date 10th Jan. Would be greatly appreciated if y'all could share with any groups/individuals who may be interested. Thanks!




Owen J. Powell Tue 23 Nov 2021

Anyone interested in a fully-funded PhD exploring democratic transitions under the guidance of some of the UK's leading academic speacilists in alternative organising? For more information follow this (I would also be happy to have a chat about it): https://www.ntu.ac.uk/research/find-a-phd-opportunity/studentship-projects/transitioning-to-democratic-work-nbs1


We have a few places left on our Barefoot 3.0 training programme for members of existing co-operatives and community businesses beginning in January 2022. Short deadline for applications (end November)



We've got a unique position to fill at our New Economy Centre at Selgars Mill – could you help us spread the word with people you know might be interested, or through your wider networks?

We're recruiting for an live-in Assistant Centre Manager, but we're very open to making things work with the right person. So if you bring different experiences but feel you’d be a good fit, we’d love to hear from you. This is a part time, live-in role with excellent benefits in the heart of mid Devon.

We're taking expressions of interest in the first instance, until 15 Dec 2021. Learn more and apply here.

Here are some social posts that can be shared:






Jim Wild Tue 9 Nov 2021

Seems to be lots out
there. We used the help to grow business courses at Leeds Uni /
Becketts. Still expensive, but big discount.




loads of professional courses worth as much as £2k are being offered for £10 as part of a government upskilling scheme, offers ending today & tomorrow from what i could see:



Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture) Mon 1 Nov 2021

Worker co-op Wild Thyme in Portsmouth are recruiting. Nice to see that the difference working in a worker co-op is clear from the outset.

"If you have a passion for vegan, organic or fair-trade wholefoods and want to work in an ethical, environmentally responsible and worker controlled environment then we'd love to hear from you.

Working at Wild Thyme is much more than just a job.  We’re looking for someone who has the commitment to get fully involved in helping run our business.  When you join our worker co-operative, after a probationary period, you will become a director of Wild Thyme - this means you will share responsibility for all aspects of running Wild Thyme.  You will need to understand what it means to take day to day responsibility for what happens at Wild Thyme, and to play a full part in developing and improving the business."



Andy Fri 29 Oct 2021

Lupine Adventure Co-op are looking for extra part time, seasonal administrative support.

Job Title: Administrative and Operations Assistant.

Fixed term: 28th February – 21st October 2022.

Part time: About 20 hours a week (open to discussion based on candidate's needs).

Pay: £11.15 pounds an hour. £21742.50 FTE (based on 37.5 hours a week).

Closing date: Noon Monday 1st December 2021.

For more details please visit our website.https://www.lupineadventure.co.uk/about-us/work-with-us.html


We at Open Data Services Co-operative are recruiting for a Data and Policy Analyst, who will work on our beneficial ownership transparency team.


This Twitter thread provides a bit more background on the job https://twitter.com/opendatacoop/status/1450787984706506755

Please do pass on to anyone who might be interested.


Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture) Thu 21 Oct 2021

Worker co-op Rice Up Wholefoods in Southampton is recruiting.



Ian Wed 15 Sep 2021

Co-operative & Community Finance are currently looking for a Lending and Relationship Manager to replace me and it would be really good to get someone with an understanding and knowledge of worker co-ops. Full details and application pack here https://coopfinance.coop/2021/09/14/lending-and-relationship-manager-recruitment-opportunities-at-co-operative-community-finance/


Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture) Wed 30 Jun 2021

Radical Southampton community bookshop @OctoberBooks is recruiting a p/t bookshop co-ordinator. The co-op is comprised of worker and customer members (51% worker Board), considering a move to a Community Benefit Society with workers involved in governance soon. https://www.octoberbooks.org/vacancies-2


Abbie Kempson Wed 19 May 2021

People Support Co-op Opportunity 

We are a newly-founded sociocratic worker co-op with three members - @Abbie Kempson @Lorraine Power @Britta (Unicorn Grocery) - offering HR and governance advice to co-ops and community businesses. We are just starting out so can't guarantee work, but we are already receiving a lot of enquiries that may lead to paid opportunities. We are specifically looking for experienced HR co-operators with a good knowledge of employment law and current best practice to be able to support with a diverse range of enquiries- from policy reviews to disciplinary procedures to holiday allowance calculations to pensions and supporting performance reviews. 

If you are interested in discussing co-op membership or an associate relationship with us please do get in touch for a chat - info@peoplesupport.coop 

People Support Coop is due to launch officially in Co-ops Fortnight - we'll post event details and an invite soon.  This would be the perfect time to join us and help shape our co-op and our offer!


Sean Farmelo Sat 8 May 2021

Birmingham Bike Foundry are hiring again! Full time, living wage job in Stirchley. We are a workers co-op so that means no bosses. Comes with shared ownership, responsibility, challenges and rewards of the business. Please share amongst your networks, we are looking for someone with experience in the industry as we've lots going on at the moment in the shop. Whoever gets the position will be part of the team moving the workshop to our new location over the next few years to the Stirchley Co-operative Development, and part of expanding our training and custom bike offerings.



Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture) Fri 23 Apr 2021

Fwd: Worker Co-op Hempen are recruiting

We at Hempen are at a pivotal point in the road as we're navigating various challenges whilst preparing to launch an extended food range in the coming months.
We're seeking to recruit a new Sales Coordinator, and are wondering if you could help us by sharing this with any relevant folks.

Hempen jobs page

Sales Coordinator Job Description

We're looking for a strategic sales driven co-operator who understands the value of working together and the importance of sales as the engine of our social enterprise. Not only would you be leading and delivering our sales strategy but you could join the co-operative as a member and help steer the overall business.  If you or someone in your networks would be interested in jumping on board the good ship Hempen and helping to sail it through these exciting seas then we'd love to hear from you by the 2nd of May. Please do share widely and get in touch with info@hempen.co.uk if you have any questions.


Sean Farmelo Thu 3 Dec 2020

Vacancies at Crabapple/Berrington Hall Housing Co-op

We are a fully mutual housing co-op with a core group of 6 adults aiming to live as sustainably as possible in our large Georgian house and 20 acres of land.  We have several vacancies and are seeking new members. We'd like to be an inter-generational community, however 5 of us are in our 50's or 60's and so we're looking for younger adults and/or families with children to join us.

We’re looking for practical/resourceful people who are child-friendly and able to commit at least 2 days work per week in areas such as eco-renovating the house and outbuildings, managing woodland and meadows, growing and preserving fruit and vegetables, splitting and chopping wood, increasing our sustainability and supporting social/environmental movements through hosting events.

We share communal evening meals which are vegan/vegetarian, and we share food & fuel bills. We also share bathrooms, kitchens and other living spaces. Re pets: we can at most accommodate one more cat and one more dog.

For more info, please email us at crabapplecom@hotmail.com

Deadline for applications: midday on 12th December.


Rhiannon Westphal Wed 30 Sep 2020

Seeds for Change is recruiting!

We are recruiting for a new member of our small co-operative in Lancaster.

Job title: Trainer, facilitator and resource creator
Application deadline: 9am on Mon 26th October, 2020

We are looking for someone who has experience of campaigning for social and ecological justice as part of a grassroots group. The role involves designing and delivering training and facilitation and creating resources for campaigns and co-operatives. Topics we cover include consensus decision making, direct action, anti-hierarchical organising and campaign strategy.

Contract: initially 12 months probation. If you pass probation, we will offer full membership of the co-op, which is a permanent position.

Pay: £15,000 per year for an average of 22.5 hours per week (equivalent to £25,000 per year if you worked a 37.5 hour week, or £12.82 per hour).

Flexible hours: Our hours fluctuate, and include some work at evenings and weekends. After covid, the job will also include travel by public transport and overnight stays.

Location: We are based in an office in Lancaster. We will negotiate to agree 2 days a week when we will all be in our office together during ‘core’ hours. During the pandemic, we are working online.

Full details here: www.seedsforchange.org.uk/jobs


Sam Toland Sat 1 Aug 2020

In the event someone is looking for work with a co-op in Dublin (radical consumer co-op with workers on board), or knows anyone who might!



Colm Massey Thu 12 Dec 2019

Solidarity Economy Association is hiring!

Solidarity Economy Association (SEA) are looking for a new paid team member for three days a week starting in the new year.

SEA are developing our long term vision for systems change and transition based on the solidarity economy in the UK. We are looking for a new paid team member to shape this with us, as well as taking on everyday tasks of running the co-op.

We are looking for a strong community organiser with social and political vision, and a willingness to collectively develop SEA’s direction and strategy with our members.

We strongly encourage applications from people with working class backgrounds, as well as people of colour, disabled people, people identifying as LGBTQI+, and people with experience of the immigration system, for example.

The new team member could be based anywhere in the UK, but will need to be able to travel.

Details here: https://www.solidarityeconomy.coop/join-our-team


Not a worker co-op But I'd like it to become one and so I'd love co-operators to apply:
Leeds Wood Recycling - 10hr/wk bookkeeper, Deadline today, 7th Nov
(sorry, i just realised ...)
See 5th Nov post at: https://www.facebook.com/leedswoodrecycling/


Simon Whitehouse Mon 7 Oct 2019

Hi folks

Open Data Services Cooperative are hiring people for the role of Data Standards Adoption Consultants.
We work with leading transparency initiatives, providing tools and technical assistance to organisations across the world to make sure that open data is useful, usable and in use. We’re looking for a new person to join our interdisciplinary team, working with data publishers and users.
Closing date 1st Nov.


Sean Farmelo Wed 14 Aug 2019

Hi all. There is a vacancy for a job as a kitchen porter at the warehouse cafe in Birmingham: https://uk.linesjob.com/job/kitchen-porter-assistant-the-warehouse-cafe-co-operative-def37d6fe990d643/?utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic Obviously there is lots of scope for the role not just being kitchen porter but including lots of other things too. I mention it in this group as there is also a vacancy going in my shared (almost co-op) house !


Graham Thu 25 Jul 2019

Of course I should read the job blurb myself, but thanks very much for this Cath. C-UK competing with it's own members always was contentious and remains so, nearly twenty years on. Maybe the new recruit can teach them how to cooperate?


well, it's sort of both - not so much the teaching staff how to be co-operative, more the supporting of the business to make decisions in line with co-op Values and principles (I think) - they describe it better than me on their web page.

Your point is shared though - this goes back to the fairly contentious decision for CUK to offer paid-for co-op development services at all. Which they do and which a fair few CD folks aren't happy about. CUK's goal is to be the go-to access point for anyone wanting to know anything about co-ops - we (CD folk) hope that they signpost as well as offering their own services, but I think they pretty much only recommend other people (and channel work) through the Hive, and other programmes. I could be wrong about this.

They're looking to offer more services now that their own staff are more skilled up in co-op working and culture. Doubtless this further impacts on the services offered by CD advisors without the marketing capacity of CUK.

I'm circulating the advert with my new board member hat on, to make sure it's a good person who gets the job and also so that Forum members are aware of this new development.


Graham Thu 25 Jul 2019

I'm not clear. Is this person about teaching the people inside how to work cooperatively, or creating an outward-facing service about how to work cooperatively, or both? Certainly from your brief description Cath it sounds like there are plenty of skilled people already working in the cooperative economy that could be developing and delivering excellent service offerings to C-UK and to its members and others about culture, values-driven organisational best practice & sustainability.

In terms of procurement policy and with a community wealth building mindset, would it not be preferable to seek to procure this expertise, or at least some of it, on a contractual basis from existing cooperative providers rather than recruit?


hi folks, the Senior Mgt Team at Co-ops UK in Manchester are now managing each other in a sort of collective way and Co-ops UK is itself a co-op. They are recruiting for a 'Head of Culture & Performance' to champion co-op values & ways of working within how CUK operates and to develop a new coaching service and new advisory services around co-op culture, values-driven organisational best practice & sustainability. Deadline for applications is Sunday 18th August. Here's a link to the recruitment pack: https://s.coop/recruitmentpack


Advertisers needed Next week we are going to reprint 400 copies of the 2015 edition of 'How to Set Up a Workers Co-op' - we have entirely run out of hard copies, but don't have capacity for updating it at the moment, I'm afraid.

Not all the previous advertisers want to re-advertise, so I'm looking to fill some gaps (see further down).

Deadline: It would be good to know by noon on Thursday 22nd July whether you want to go for it and ideal to have the artwork to me by 1pm, Friday 25th July.

If you miss that deadline but wish you hadn't, it's worth giving me a call to check whether there's still space available and whether our timeline has changed - but I've told Footprint I'll have the artwork to them by Monday, so it's unlikely.

We're aiming to get them ready in time for the RR gathering starting 9th August, but it might be later. The print run will be 400 likely lasting two years.

You can see what the guide looks like online at
It is downloaded from the website a LOT.

Quarter page - £50 (60mm x 85mm)
Half-page - £90 (85mm x 124mm)
Full page - £170 (124 x 180mm)

Full and associate members of RR get a 50% discount on these rates.

What spaces we need to fill
4 x 1/4 page adverts are definitely needed, and another 1/4 is probably needed.
3 x 1/2 page adverts and 3 whole page adverts are probably needed.

We can accept any format, but please ensure that graphics are 266dpi or
above. We can be flexible with sizes but due to printing method, we cannot do
colour and print quality is low - avoid subtle photos or faint tones.

Please send them to me via a file-sharing website or service, like mailbigfile, wetransfer or dropbox.
thanks all, love, cath x
leedscath@fastmail.co.uk or +44 7955 332755


Jason Chrysostomou Wed 3 Apr 2019

Hello, at Glowbox, we've just launched a new website to help people post and find jobs at worker co-operatives:


John Niven Mon 1 Apr 2019

A n d another one! Greencity are also recruiting a Quality Assurance Officer: https://www.greencity.coop/job-vacancies/ 22 hours a week to assure the quality of the successful candidate's work/life balance, plus all the usual Greencity benefits.


John Niven Thu 28 Mar 2019

Greencity are recruiting a Customer Service/Sales Advisor: https://www.greencity.coop/job-vacancies/ The successful applicant will qualify for veggie/vegan breakfast and lunch, but ssssh! We've left that off the advert.


Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture) Thu 21 Feb 2019

London Grown Workers Co-op , community food growers' worker co-op are recruiting.
"London Grown Workers Coop is a three-year old food growing and education cooperative based in Enfield, North London.
Having spent three years developing Pasteur Gardens, our 7-acre woodland site in N18, our small team is looking to recruit new members to join us and be part of shaping the next stages of the project. We are actively committed to creating a garden that is a welcoming space for people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, ages, sexualities, and genders, and to forming a cooperative leadership that enables and reflects this.
Co-op members are paid for 3-6 days per month and volunteer 8-12 hours a month."
Full details: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1X4EC2xLaPlF5Uhz-u8nVQoNHPla3idC5


Jim Wild Sat 16 Feb 2019

LEDA a small architectural and engineer practice in Leeds is seeking office administrator. https://www.leda.coop/office-administrator-join-us/


Mark Richard Su Merlin Thu 14 Feb 2019

Norwich Bicycle Repair Co-op are looking for a new member to join our busy team delivering the Dr Bike service at the University of East Anglia.

The job involves a range of skills and opportunities with fixing bikes being the most obvious. However there is training provided in this area so it is not necessary to be a mechanic already. There many other skills needed to be part of running a co-op which you may have gained from experience of project management, self employment, grassroots organising and experience in administration. If you are passionate about bikes and share our ethos or you know anyone who would be interested in being part of our project please get in touch and share it with friends.

Details about the post can be found here on our website: http://www.norwichbicyclerepaircoop.co.uk/jobs/

You can also call us on 07903553286 or email su@norwichbicyclerepaircoop.co.uk.

Deadline for applications is 10am Wednesday 20th March
Interviews will take place from 25th March
Start date will be 29th April

Thanks for reading and sharing

Su for NBRC


Stop the press! Calverts is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, flexible, litho offset press manager for our Heidelberg B2 5-colour press.

If you think you might know someone interested in joining our print team please email us on info@calverts.coop or call us on 02077391474 - and spread the word. Thanks!


Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture) Mon 14 Jan 2019

Hamwic Housing Co-op in Southampton are recruiting members.
"Due to the natural ebb and flow of members moving on with their lives we have a number of vacancies. If you are interested in Hamwic membership please find the Application Form on our website www.hamwichousingcoop.co.uk." I'm not a member just passing on the message


Ways Forward 7
CBC are seeking co-operators/co-operative organisations to partner in the organisation of Ways Forward 7 (working title: Co-operatives For The Many) conference on either 5th or 12th April 2019. This is with a view to those partner(s) taking ‘ownership’ of Ways Forward in future years.

Ways Forward conferences started in 2014, addressing the crises at the Co-operative Bank and Group. The annual event consistently addresses and influences the key topical issues for the wider UK co-operative movement, with strong international co-operative input. High profile key note speakers have included Shadow Ministers John McDonnell, Rebecca Long Bailey and Angela Rayner, former CEO of the Co-operative Group Sir Graham Melmoth, and International Co-operative Alliance leaders Ariel Guarco, Iain Macdonald and Gabriella Buffa.

The conference is affordable and accessible to a range of intergenerational co-operators, through relevant programme and early bird tickets less than £50 and some free subsidised places. Sponsorship from a range of organisations ensures more freedom of speech with no single corporate agenda. Previous conference outputs may be found at www.cbc.coop

Conference organisers are paid reasonable fees and expenses for their work, and co-ordinate volunteer advisors, speakers and helpers.
CBC have already had constructive talks with Co-op Culture and are seeking additonal expressions of interest from those interested in taking an active role in the delivery of Ways Forward 7 – a real opportunity to shape the future of UK co-operative development.

To express an interest, please contact cath@cbc.coop with a view to taking part in an on-line Zoom call of potential partners in mid-January Doodle poll link.


[deactivated account] Mon 3 Dec 2018

Hi everyone, We're also looking for a part-time fundraiser to join our team! Starting asap, application deadline Sunday 6 January - https://www.solidarityeconomy.coop/aboutus/work-with-us

We’re looking for an experienced and proactive individual to help execute our fundraising plan. You’ll need to have a strong track record of engaging with stakeholders, a proven ability to secure support and of developing new partnerships with a range of organisations.

You’ll be responsible for working closely with other team members to secure ongoing funding for our range of different projects, which include education and awareness raising projects about economic alternatives to capitalism, to the development of Linked Open Data and digital mapping technology projects, to co-operative development in Northern Syria.

Currently, our income is a blend of grants and donations, with most of our funding to date having come from a single endowment. As the endowment draws to a close, we want to diversify our income sources, and we also have aims to develop a consultancy workstream based on our technology work. This is an exciting time to join SEA, and we’re looking for someone with drive and experience to work with us during this transition.

Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday 6th January 2019
Interviews will take place week commencing 14th January 2019


[deactivated account] Mon 26 Nov 2018

Solidarity Economy Association are recruiting a web developer, starting asap, deadline 9 December: https://www.solidarityeconomy.coop/aboutus/work-with-us

We’re looking for a developer to work on Mapping the Solidarity Economy – a significant project that uses cutting-edge Linked Open Data technology to help groups around the UK map their communities locally. We also work with national and international membership organisations who share our values to help them publish information about their organisational members.

You’ll be an experienced web developer who’s comfortable leading on the map functionality for this project, as well as providing general web development and support to the team. You’ll have a proactive approach and will be responsible for researching, developing and documenting new features, testing on multiple devices, maintaining several digital map instances and other related tasks.

Closing date for applications: Midnight, Sunday 9th December 2018
Interviews will take place during the week of: 17th December 2018


Leeds Bread Coop are recruiting HR/admin role, 24 hrs/wk, starting Feb, deadline 13 Dec:


We’re currently looking for someone to join our office-based team as an Administrator and HR Assistant who will be involved in the day to day tasks associated with running our business. Their duties will primarily focus on administrating our wholesale ordering system, making preparations for bread deliveries, staffing our small bread shop, communicating with customers and colleagues and assisting with day to day HR tasks.

The role is for 24 hours per week and pays £8.20 per hour (as we all are at the co-op). The role has a holiday entitlement of 28 days holiday pro rata. Potential applicants should visit our website to find full details and application form for the role. Applications for the role should be submitted to personnel@leedsbread.coop by midday on 13th December. Please note that we do not accept CVs. Interviews will be held week commencing 17th December. If you have any further queries about the job please feel free to contact us by phone on 0113 2625155 or email us at personnel@leedsbread.coop


Kate Whittle Thu 1 Nov 2018

Not sure if this is the best place for this enquiry? Ed Jones of Mutual Aid in Sussex asked me if I had any ideas regards where the Palestinian Women in Hebron co-operative might sell their products in the UK. Link to the products:
http://womeninhebron.com/ I have passed on all the contacts I could think of. Thoughts/ideas offers to ed@acrewoods.net Thanks!


John Niven Wed 26 Sep 2018

Greencity are looking for an Artworker to design our catalogues and keep our website looking swish. 22 hours a week, 3 days a week, 2 square meals a day, 1 great co-op! https://www.greencity.coop/job-vacancies


You can even retain any current union membership as a dual-carder https://iww.org.uk/news/what-is-a-dual-carder/


IWW Organising Summit in Sheffield, 20th October 2018. IWW members only but maybe make it your excuse to join a union that gets worker co-ops. https://iww.org.uk/event/iww-organising-summit-2018/


John Niven Wed 29 Aug 2018

Greencity are looking for a Finance/Payroll Assistant to provide maternity leave cover: https://www.greencity.coop/vacancies/

22 hours a week, days negotiable, and you'd get (vegetarian or vegan) breakfast and lunch provided!


Steven Flower Fri 17 Aug 2018

We're currently advertising for two new roles at Open Data Services Co-operative: http://opendataservices.coop/jobs/

We're looking for people who can support organisations to publish data using the various open data standards we maintain - key topics include transparency in international aid, beneficial ownership of companies, public procurement and grant making!


Hooray - Leeds Bread Co-op are recruiting again: https://leedsbread.coop/about-the-cooperative/workerbaker/


Rhiannon Westphal Mon 30 Jul 2018

Single Step Wholefoods, a 42 year old workers' co-op running a fantastic veggie/vegan wholefood shop in Lancaster, is looking for three new members, 25.5 hours a week plus paid co-op meeting time. Deadline is 13th August 2018. The co-op is entering a new and dynamic phase and is looking for people with ideas and enthusiasm to collectively grow the business and progress core social and environmental principles. More information here: http://www.singlestep.org.uk/jobvacancy.html


Nancy Tue 24 Jul 2018

Loaf Bakery and Cookery School in Birmingham is recruiting for two new co-op members, one primarily in the bakery (full-time) and one in the shop and cookery school (part-time). Job shares would be considered in both cases. You can find more information here https://loafonline.co.uk/about/jobs/ Applications ae by CV and covering letter and the closing date it 31 July.


Footprint Workers Coop in Leeds is recruiting for a member of the collective, Position is part-time, £8.50/hr, deadline 6 June. Footprint is a member of Radical Routes, so there's additional commitment there, www.radicalroutes.org.uk. There are a couple of Radical Routes housing coops in Leeds recruiting too, Cornerstone (1 room available) and Greenwood (still looking for a property).


Calverts is a creative design studio and printing company, and a workers cooperative. We have created a position for a marketing and new business specialist, and are looking to recruit in summer 2018: http://www.calverts.coop/calverts-is-hiring-marketing-and-business-development-manager/


John Atherton Thu 15 Feb 2018

Co-operatives UK is recruiting for a new member relations role (£23,500) to support out 700+ #coops member organisations. Have you got the perfect combination of client management skills, sales and a soul.... https://www.uk.coop/about/about-co-operatives-uk/careers


Jim Wild Sun 11 Feb 2018

LEDA Seeking Engineer


Email to RR Trading Coops Forum, from voyhackney@gmail.com:
Hello friends,
Some of you may have come across Voice of Youth, a small youth workers' cooperative in Hackney, London... We have had a wonderful few years but unfortunately most of the current members need to move on, and perhaps the time has come to close. Before planning for closure, we want to see if there is a possibility of handing over the co-op to new members. So we wanted to ask:

1) Do you know anyone who might be interested? Feel free to forward this email and/or send out the attached information:
We have already had an encouraging response! But we won't know much til we meet people at the open evening.
2) Do any of you have experience or advice on either handing over a co-op or closing a co-op? We are not able to pay for any advice at the moment and we completely appreciate that some of you need to charge for advice in order to keep your own co-ops going, so no expectations at all! But any thoughts, advice, encouragement, do's and don'ts, etc, will be gratefully received! We will, of course, be happy to share our own experiences once we're through this stage.

In solidarity,
Tania and all at Voice of Youth


Clara dos Santos Thu 11 Jan 2018

Solidarity Economy Association is recruiting!

SEA is a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative working to support the growth of the Solidarity Economy Movement. Our vision is a thriving solidarity economy for the UK – an economy based on economic and social justice, diversity and pluralism, co-operation, self-management, and ecological sustainability.

We’re looking for someone to join our passionate team of staff as an outreach worker for our Open Data and Mapping Project. This brand new role will lead on all the public-facing aspects of our Open Data and Mapping Project. The project delivers on a key pillar of our organisational strategy, which is to make the diverse organisations, initiatives and groups that are already a part of the solidarity economy movement more visible. It will meet this goal by producing data that describes these initiatives, and by creating software to display geographic maps of them.

We’re looking for a great communicator, someone who is adept at creating meaningful partnerships with organisations and people from all walks of life, and someone who has a high level of competency in the use of web technology. The role will be both challenging and incredibly rewarding, and offers the right person the opportunity to make a significant contribution towards supporting the growth of the solidarity economy movement in the UK.

If you’re interested in the role, or you know someone who might be, please visit https://www.solidarityeconomy.coop/aboutus/work-with-us for more details. Deadline for applications is Sunday, 4th February 2018.


Felix Lozano Sat 16 Dec 2017

New Business / Marketing Manager

Wave is a small design co-operative based in Hastings. We are looking for a new business and marketing specialist to join our team. We work on both print and online projects which range from branding to complex websites. We are looking for someone who feels as comfortable and excited talking about printed design as well as web, digital and social media.

Our New Business Manager will have a passion for and a good understanding of all kinds of graphic design, will believe in our clients’ aims and share our co-operative values.

This key role needs excellent communication and people skills together with an ability to devise and carry out a creative marketing strategy.

You will be based in our Hastings studio but there will be a need to get out and about – meeting clients, attending events in London and nationwide and generally building relationships with positive and inspirational people.

Wave is a workers’ co-operative so, after a successful probationary period, there will be an opportunity to become a company director and actively contribute to the running and development of the business.

Hours: 35 hours a week
Holiday: 33 days annual leave including Bank Holidays
Salary £22,750 pa

How to apply

See the full job description on our website.

Please apply via email, outlining your key skills, how you would approach this role and why you think you are a good fit for our co-operative. Please include your CV, any other supporting information or links to online content. Send your email to: work@wave.coop with a subject heading of Work for Wave.

Closing date: Monday 15th January
Interviews: Week commencing Monday 22 January

Please, no approaches from recruitment agencies.


Blake House Filmmakers are recruiting for a Producer. Job description in attachment, application via https://goo.gl/forms/4SdazqaaFmwk831I2


Mark Richard Su Merlin Fri 1 Dec 2017

Hi all, thanks for adding us to this group.

We're looking for someone to join our bicycle repair co-operative in Norwich, starting late January.

The position is part-time (hours negotiable) permanent with pay starting at £8 and rising to £9 upon full membership, and the job role is co-op member/director and bicycle mechanic. Closing date 14th December.

For full details on how to apply and what to include in your application please see our website: http://www.norwichbicyclerepaircoop.co.uk/jobs/

Many thanks

Su @ Norwich Bicycle Repair Co-op


Steven Flower Sat 4 Nov 2017


We're looking for THREE new people to join Open Data Services Co-operative: http://opendataservices.coop/jobs/

Finance and operations manager
0.6 FTE. Closing date 3rd December.

Open standards adoption lead: documentation, training and engagement
Full-time or part-time. Closing date 3rd December.

User Interaction Designer: standards, software & documentation
Full-time or part-time. Closing date 3rd December.

All posts are home-based (although most current members also access local co-working spaces). Permanent positions. Flat pay for all staff is £36k PA FTE

Please spread the word if you can

Tweet to RT: https://twitter.com/opendatacoop/status/926503868728528898


Anyone fancy a crack at the Director General of the International coop Alliance job? http://bit.ly/2goQXI1


Cycle Training UK workers coop in London is looking for a new marketing person - https://www.cycletraining.co.uk/about-us/jobs/


Leeds Bread Coop is looking for a part-time Administrator to join our small and friendly admin team at our bakery in Leeds.

As a co-op we operate with a flat management structure - everyone's input is valued and all members and employees have the opportunity to influence the business.

Working within the admin team at Leeds Bread Co-op requires dedication and commitment to maintain and improve the running of our business, with a high level of self-management / organization and attention to detail needed, as well as a passion for all things bread! We're looking for people who are interested in co-ops, passionate about good food and are looking to be part of a busy team who are supportive and excited about what they do. This is a busy role which requires the ability to juggle several different tasks at once, deal with regular interruptions, deliveries and customers, and respond to the day to day demands of customers and staff.

The job is for 16 hours per week and pays £8.20 per hour (as we all are at the co-op). The role has a holiday entitlement of 28 days holiday pro rata. The deadline for applications is 9am on Friday 22nd September, with interviews early the following week.

For more information about the role and to find a job description, person specification and application form please visit http://leedsbread.coop/about-the-cooperative/workerbaker/

If you have any further questions about the roles please give us a call on 0113 262 5155 or drop us an email at info@leedsbread.coop


Leeds Bread Co-op is looking for a new baker:

A part-time baker working around 16 hours per week (2 shifts) initially, with the potential to increase to 24 hours per week (3 shifts).

How to apply

If you're interested in this role then please visit:

where you will find a person specification and job description for this role and more information on the application process.

Deadline for applications is 28th August.

If you have any further questions please give us a call on 0113 262 5155 or drop us an email at info@leedsbread.coop


Hey folks - still some crew places for Co-operators Camp in a couple of weeks, would love to have you on board. Send your info via the application page here:
s.coop/coopcamcrew2017 and email me - leedscath@fastmail.co.uk

Preferred commitment is from 1st or 2nd Aug to 7th Aug - sorry for short notice if you didn't already know about it.

If you want to come next year, put it in your diary and book holiday now!!


Tripod: Training for Creative Social Action (workers co-op)

Vacancy for Project Coordinator
Tripod is a small, independent workers’ cooperative which supports groups fighting for social, economic and environmental justice. We work with grassroots collectives, campaigning groups, co-operatives, community groups and charities to help them become more effective and sustainable.
We’re looking for a part-time project coordinator for ‘Organising for Power,’ a new programme which aims to strengthen movements against racism and xenophobia and for migrants’ rights in Scotland. The programme will offer grassroots organisers in-depth, long-term training, coaching and support to develop and implement strategic campaigns.

We would particularly like to encourage applications from people with lived experience of racism, xenophobia or migration who are currently under-represented in Tripod.
Here are the key details:
Pay: £8.45 per hour, 16 hours per week including paid lunch breaks.
Status: Part time
Application Deadline: 28 July 2017
Location: Edinburgh. Some working from home may be possible by negotiation.
Full job description and application info: https://goodmoves.org.uk/vacancy/32053-project-coordinator
If you have any questions, especially if you’re not sure if you should apply, please contact tripod@riseup.net


http://www.cecop.coop/JOB-ANNOUNCEMENT-Communication-Officer-for-CECOP-and-CICOPA The European/World fed of coops in industry and services is looking for a new Communucations Officer


Norwich Bicycle Repair Co-op
###Current Vacancy: Co-op member/Bicycle Repair person/Project co-manager (training provided) Closing date for applications: Tuesday 15th August 2pm ###



Nancy Tue 13 Jun 2017

Hello - Loaf in Birmingham is looking for a new member. More details here: http://loafonline.co.uk/about-us/jobs/ Thank you for sharing.


Steven Flower Wed 31 May 2017

Hello - we're looking for a Data Analyst (fixed term) to join us, helping several open data and transparency projects across the world: http://opendataservices.coop/jobs/

Deadline for applications: 19 June 2017


Kayleigh Walsh Outlandish Fri 19 May 2017

Retweeted from the Outlandish account x


rowan powell Fri 19 May 2017

Copying this here from Twitter – News from Nowhere in Liverpool has a 4 day a week vacancy @ minimum wage. Deadline 19th June.
Spread the word...!


Valley Organics wholefood shop in Hebden Bridge:
Would you like to join us?
We are recruiting one (or more) new members.
Hours according to availability, some of these hours would be worked in the shop in (mostly) regular shifts and some would be spent ‘behind the scenes’ on management related tasks.

Please come in our shop for a paper application form or email us at

Applications with a job description and personal specification to be completed by midday 31st May 2017. Interviews will be held on Sunday 18th and Monday 19th June.

We look forward to receiving your application.


FixIT workers co-op in Leeds are re-launching and need two new worker/directors. Think of it as a re-start - lots of work, not much money, loads of amazing experience and learning
Deadline: June 2nd.


Kayleigh Walsh Outlandish Thu 20 Apr 2017

We retweeted your job posting. Hope you find someone great :D


Footprint Workers Co-op in Leeds is recruiting for a new member of the collective.
Closing date for applications 4pm Monday 8th May 2017:

Cornerstone Housing Co-op, where Footprint is based, is also looking for new members, email cornerstone@cornerstonehousing.org.uk for more info


Wastechasers (Bradford) is recruiting a part-time Driver and Recycling Co-op worker. Please forward our advert and job description (attached) to any job-seeking,
environmentally-minded, coop-loving, truck-driving folk you might happen
to know.
Bradford Waste Chasers Ltd
Unit 2 124 Dockfield Rd
Shipley, W.Yorks, BD17 7AR

Tel. 01274 581775 or 01274 921589


Andy Fri 4 Nov 2016

Hey guess what....
We're after a new member.
You'll need to be a qualified Mountain Leader and the work is based in Leeds.
More information attached


Clara dos Santos Fri 28 Oct 2016

The Institute for Solidarity Economics is hiring!

We are looking for an enthusiastic new communicator to join our team of four, working on a wide array of projects, from education materials to Linked Open Data. As a small organisation, functioning with a flat structure, you will have a chance to help us shape the future of the organisation and how we present ourselves to the wider world!

You can find a short description of the role below. For further information and details on how to apply, please go to: http://solidarityeconomics.org/vacancies/

Communications Manager

Salary: £26,000 – £30,000 pro rata, depending on need
Days: Full-time, 4-5 days per week
Duration: Permanent position with 4 months probation period
Location: The Old Music Hall, Cowley Road, Oxford, United Kingdom

Closing date: Sunday, 13th November 2016


Produce and implement a communication strategy for the organisation;
Take responsibility for the development and management of our website and blog, including generating content, making improvements to functionality, maximising its potential and monitoring its performance;
Manage and expand our social media presence, sourcing and sharing newsworthy information from across the world;
Increase the organisation’s profile across media, and with influencers and organisations;
Write press releases, articles and statements;
Respond to requests from the press for comments, views and supporting information and maximise opportunities for further engagement on relevant topics;
Prepare and monitor annual communications budget;
Support the work of our Education team in commissioning and development of education material;
Participate in cross-functional projects.
If you are interested in the position, please see the full job description.

Many Thanks!


Leeds Bread Co-op is recruiting

We are looking to fill a number of roles in different teams within the co-op.

We are looking for:

People to join our market team for around 2-3 shifts a month, generally on Saturdays and Sundays

A baker working around 21-28 hours 3 days a week, with option for more full time work if candidate is keen

A full time delivery driver, also available as a job share between 2 candidates

How to apply

If you're interested in any of the roles then please visit:

where you will find a person specification and job description for each role and more information on the application process.

If you have any further questions please give us a call on 0113 262 5155 or drop us an email at info@leedsbread.coop



0113 262 5155


Frank Fri 12 Aug 2016

Job at New Internationalist.

Finance Director to take responsibility for the overall financial management, accounting and book-keeping of the company.
To help develop our long-term vision and action planning to achieve significant positive impact on financial management across the Co-operative.
And to play a significant part in the company's steps to raise additional capital through the means of a Community Benefit Society.

Salary: £34,000 pro-rata (based on a 35 hour full-time week)
Hours: flexible between 15–31 hours/week depending on experience and responsibilities agreed.
Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

The rest of the details can be found in this link:

If you would like to know more or discuss the job you can call me on 01865 403241


Harry "Outlandish" Robbins Wed 3 Aug 2016

Thanks @stevewest and @alex28 - I believe Kayleigh got some good advice off you Steve.

Looks like SPC and James will be good contacts too - thanks all.


Steve West (graphics.coop) Wed 15 Jun 2016

Hi Harry, I know a bit about wifi network optimisation. Give me a shout via graphics.coop


Harry "Outlandish" Robbins Mon 13 Jun 2016

@felixwave we'd like better wifi in our office.

Although we have 20 or so geeks in the office, none of them seem to be experts in this sort of thing. Any recommendations very much appreciated.

Also looking for a new senior lead developer, part-time, full-time, temp or permanent.


Alex Wed 3 Aug 2016

Contact james@spc.org as he is working on groovy open wifi project in SE London.



Felix Lozano Mon 13 Jun 2016


I need some contacts you may offer advice as we want to propose to our local council a community/co-op owned wifi network.
thanks in advance


Co-operative Futures looking for a business adviser http://www.futures.coop/issues-insights/business-adviser/


Ian Mon 25 Apr 2016

Alpha Communications are looking for a part time assistant web/digital/print designer based in Newcastle. http://www.creativenorthhub.org/job/assistant-webdigitalprint-designer


Unicorn Grocery in Manchester is recruiting: www.unicorn-grocery.coop/jobs


Essential Trading in Bristol is advertising for a new customer service worker - though mysteriously, there arecno job details post on their website https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1307956082553497


For info:


Great experience for someone. Expenses paid. Apply to Hilary.clifford@supporters-direct.coop

Job details
Role Title: SD Secretary to the Board
Board meets: quarterly for half a day, plus one strategy meeting and one AGM. 6 meetings in total
Directors: 12 (plus co-options)
Councils: England and Wales Council 4 meetings per annum
Sub-committees: currently meet as required and no more than 4x per annum
Elections: held annually
AGM: 1 per year
This is a voluntary role which requires between1– 3 days commitment per month

Supporters Direct is looking for a qualified Secretary to the Board to support its administration and compliance. This role is a key role in the organisation and the Secretary to the Board supports the Chair in ensuring that meetings are well organised and effective. A critical role of the Secretary to the Board is to work with members to record their actions agreed, and dates they have been undertaken. As a membership organisation SD is also reviewing its internal governance structure and it will work closely with members to reflect their requirements. This process will benefit from the expert support of the Secretary to the Board in the review and implementation of any change

Ensure compliance with CBS Law, FCA regulation, the organisations own rules and policies and best practice.
Offer advice to members, Board and CEO as appropriate, on conduct of the organisations affairs with respect to the law, the organisations rules and policies and commonly accepted best practice in the sector.
Deal with queries regarding the above, as appropriate.
Undertake regular reviews of the organisations governance arrangements and documents and make recommendations, as appropriate.
Preparation and monitoring of standing orders for meetings.
Preparation and monitoring of protocols and policies to assist the Board in its operation.
Board meetings
Service the Board and Sub-Committees as appropriate:
In conjunction with the CEO and Chair, convene meetings and prepare the agenda, call and co-ordinate papers, circulate papers to members
Take minutes of board meetings. Produce draft version within 7 working days for approval by the Chair and CEO
Circulation of minutes to the Board members
Prepare Board report for the SD website and for dissemination to members

Annual Return
Prepare and submit the Annual return to the FCA
Liaise with the Auditor as required during production of the audited accounts
Ensure Auditors are appointed as per the rules and accounts

Elections (Staff assistance is provided)
Ensure the elections are conducted within the policy of the conduct for elections and spirit of the organisation
Circulate notice to all members and publicise the forthcoming elections
Receive and validate all nominations
Prepare, distribute and count the ballot papers and announce results, as appropriate

Signing Officer
Along with members of the Board of Directors you may be required to act as one of the signing officers for certain documents eg: reports, contracts or other documents on behalf of organisation.

General meetings
Circulate notice in advance to all members of forthcoming meetings to enable them to submit resolutions
Convene meeting and circulate the agenda and supporting paperwork for every general meetings
Take minutes for every general meeting

Person Specification
Understanding of relevant CBS and Company Law
Understanding of the Mutual Sector best practise
Good knowledge of IT
Track record in Senior levels of relevant organisation
Understanding of and commitment to the goals of the supporters trust movement


Interesting opportunity/tweet, copied to Institute for Solidarity Economics Loomio group also: H2020 SME Instrument

Need funding to hire a researcher for your SME? #H2020 #SMEAssociate is your chance http://europa.eu/!xf49gD


From: "Leeds Bread Co-op" info@leedsbread.coop
Subject: We're looking for market staff!
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2016

We are looking for someone to do 2-3 shifts a month (6-9 hours long), generally on Saturdays and sometime Sundays to help with our market stalls. We're looking for a co-operatively minded person who:

is interested in good food and ideally knows a bit about/likes our bread or keen to learn about it.

has initiative, is organised and methodical, and able to work independently.

has great communication skills, is friendly, approachable and responsive.

is up for working hard, shifting crates of bread around and running great market stalls.

doesn't mind early mornings and knows Leeds pretty well.

have a clean driving licence, been driving for at least 2 years, is 25 or over, (for van insurance purposes), and confident driving a mid-sized van.

We pay £7.20/hour (flat wage structure - everyone gets paid the same hourly rate) plus holiday (28 days/year pro rata). Most our stalls are in or near Leeds and they're friendly, fun places to work! You need to be available to start in the next few weeks and have good availability over the summer. Get in touch asap if you're interested - send us a short paragraph with some info about yourself and why you'd like to work with us - info@leedsbread.coop / 0113 2625155.

Lizzie and co.


John Atherton Thu 24 Mar 2016

Events Coordinator, £22-£25k @Co-operatives UK

You will be responsible for end to end management of our events, from venue finding, design and planning to onsite co-ordination and delivery. Working in partnership with our membership and communication teams you will take ownership for the smooth operation of events, training seminars and online webinars. You will ensure events are delivered on time, within budget and to the highest quality expected by our members.

To manage this exciting brief you will be confident and have excellent planning, problem-solving and people skills, along with a track record of working with a range of stakeholders including partners, sponsors, suppliers and speakers to ensure positive relationships and the delivery of great value.

Join our team and be part of making the UK economy a fairer place.



Sean Farmelo Tue 13 Oct 2015

@davehollings I was in Lidl today and saw they were the first british supermarket to give their workers a living wage. My point isn't that these jobs advertised by Cath couldn't be paid bettter (in a more ideal world), but that all this ire about jobs in small co-operatives in difficult industries is perhaps misdirected when for years there have been swathes of Group executives on 6 figures while people earn bugger all for shelf stacking.


Harry "Outlandish" Robbins Mon 14 Sep 2015

We're always on the lookout for talented people for our tech co-op - programmers, designers, producers, etc. We're particularly interested in talented javascript programmers at the moment. We pay silly wages like the rest of the tech industry - below what a bank would pay, but then we're also trying to find time to save the world.



Co-operative and Community Finance
The Lender for Social Purpose, recruiting for:

Business Development Manager
Circa £40 - 47k
Location: Home Based / Bristol / UK wide
Co-operative & Community Finance has been providing loan finance for co-operatives, employee owned businesses and social enterprises for over 40 years, helping thousands of people to take control of their economic lives and create social benefit.

We're looking to appoint a new Business Development Manager who can help us further this mission by:
- Co-ordinating the development of new and current relationships with the public, private and voluntary sectors
- Leading the promotion of our services to the co-operative and social enterprise sector, and to policy making bodies at local, regional, national and European levels
- Substantially increasing our role in the resourcing of and providing finance to the sector.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, 25 September 2015 | Interviews: 8-9 October 2015

Download the full job description and application pack at www.coopfinance.coop
or call our Bristol office on 0117 916 6750 for further information


Felix Lozano Tue 23 Jun 2015

Designer Print & Digital

We are a small design co-operative based in Hastings and are looking for a versatile and talented designer to join our team. www.wave.coop

We work on both print and online projects which can range from branding to complex websites. We are looking for someone who feels as comfortable and excited working with paper as well as pixels.

You may be a recent graduate looking for your first real world role, or a designer with more experience who wants a fresh challenge. Either way we are looking for someone who can see the bigger picture, but doesn't forget the details.

Our work is nearly always for the third sector – charities, social enterprises and public sector organisations. We build lasting relationships with our clients and value the work they do and it's important you can empathise with their aims.


Develop and create compelling design concepts and visuals, bringing new thinking and thought provoking ideas to life, often within existing branding.
Research, consider, conceptualise and then create new brands or identities.
Love typography, print and online design and be able to work seamlessly between these mediums.
Work with others in our team, sharing ideas and burdens and become a valued and resourceful team member.
Get stuck in and take on less glamorous projects and tasks – prima donnas need not apply.
Oversee your own designs with meticulous attention to detail and produce your own print ready artwork.
Talk to printers about production requirements and commission illustrators, photography and other creative services.
Be willing to meet clients and confidently pitch ideas to them.
Be able to write convincing presentations and express them verbally.
As a co-operative we are managed collectively, during your probation period you may be invited to attend collective meetings.


Have good Adobe CC skills across the whole package – especially Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
Good presentation skills.
Illustration, animation and any web development skills would be a bonus.
A degree in a design-related subject would be preferable but is not essential – more importantly we are looking for someone with energy, ideas and determination.


Ideally we are looking for someone with some real world experience but we are also interested in hearing from recent graduates. In any case you would need to demonstrate your experience in the following areas:

Design for print and preparing artwork for print.
Design of websites, apps or other online interactives.
Some experience of working in an agency.


Confident but not cocky
Co-operative and non-confrontational
Independent yet collaborative
Empathetic to our clients' aims
Comfortable presenting work
Focused and calm under pressure
Hard working and dedicated
Proactive and thoughtful
Positive but realistic


Hours: 35 hours a week
Salary : Please indicate your expected salary range
Holidays: 25 days per year plus bank holidays

Wave is a worker co-operative

As a co-operative, wave is controlled by the people that work in it – there are no owners or shareholders. A worker co-operative is simply a business which is operated democratically and controlled by the people who work in it. Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. Co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. Membership of the co-operative is offered following a successful probation period that usually lasts six months.

How to apply

Please apply via email. We would like you to explain your reasons for applying, why you think you are a good fit for our co-operative and what your design aspirations are. Please include your CV, a pdf of your work or links to any online work or blogs. Send your email to: make_a_change@wave.coop with a subject heading of 'Designer'.

Closing date: Sunday 5 July
Interviews: Week commencing 20 July

Please, no approaches from recruitment agencies.


Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture) Wed 10 Jun 2015

If your worker co-op isn't paying better than market wages and isn't on a trajectory towards that your co-op is probably doing something inefficiently and it should be the trigger for review and management decisions.


Kate Whittle Wed 10 Jun 2015

Gives the lie (at least as far as worker co-opertives are concerned) to Herzberg's theory of motivation - that people need good pay and security before they will be motivated by ethics or personal development. But we must understand that while 'younger' (excuse the generalisation) people can be motivated by ethics & opportunities for personal development, as they grow older, maybe meet a partner and want to establish a family, then obviously pay and security become more important. So if worker co-operatives want to be sustainable in the long term, and not lose people they must at least have a strategy for moving to being a living wage employer. Sorry Cath i know you said this list is not for discussions, but couldn't resist .. :-)


John Atherton Tue 9 Jun 2015

I'm sure there is a point at which working in a soul destroying well paid job becomes less rewarding than working in a less well paid but more personally rewarding job. But below living wage does depress me as well.

If all worker co-ops could be successful enough to pay at least the living wage, they would be in a position to pay other organisations they buy from a decent amount making everyone wealthier. Just imagine I could charge twice as much for the worker co-op weekend!.....


A waterhouse Tue 9 Jun 2015

It depends on what stage of development they are at , in the medium to long term you are generally right.


Dave Hollings Tue 9 Jun 2015

It's distressing that two of these three jobs in worker co-ops (!!!!) do not even pay the Living Wage. If worker co-ops cannot offer their members a better standard of life than investor driven businesses, then I struggle to see the point?


Seeds for Change Oxford is recruiting

Seeds for Change Oxford is a small cooperative of facilitators and trainers. We provide creative and participatory workshops and support to grassroots groups and movements working towards social and ecological justice.

We are looking for someone who wants to work with us and help these groups thrive and achieve their goals.
Someone who is up for the challenge of helping steer a small but ambitious co-operative into a new phase –
as we adapt to meet the needs of a broader range of groups.

In line with what current members earn, we can offer a new member up to £11,000 per year working 30 hours
per week with 33 days annual leave (inc public holidays).

for further details on the role and how to apply: http://www.seedsforchange.org.uk/recruitment.
Deadline for applications is Thursday 16th July.


Radical Routes associate Norwich Bicycle Repair Co-op is seeking a new member for a paid position in its busy bicycle workshop based at the Dr Bike Cycle Repair Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich. Deadline 15th June.

We are currently four full members, two who founded the Co-op in 2013 and two who joined in 2014, full members since March 2015. Trading since January 2014, we are still at an exciting stage of developing our co-operative business.
The position is initially for 24 hr/wk min (potentially rising in the future) with a structured 6-9 month trial period (paid) which will have to be successfully completed before you can be accepted as a full-member.

More information and details of how to apply are on our website: www.norwichbicyclerepaircoop.co.uk/jobs/

We especially encourage applications from women, as they are under-represented in the cycle trade and as one of the aims of our project is to provide a female-friendly service.
We’d appreciate it if this vacancy could be shared on relevant networks
Many thanks and happy co-operating
Jo (for NBRC)


1 day a week strategic communications job in London, for Limehouse Town Hall Consortium Trust, £110/day for +/- 5 months. LTHC isn’t a formal worker coop but v co-op minded and perhaps on the way to becoming what I call a worker-led service user co-op, like Kitty’s Launderette. Deets attached...


Fwd msg from Voice of Youth workers co-op:
We're looking for anyone who might be interested in being a co-op member or volunteer for our youth workers' co-op in Hackney.

This is unpaid part-time work at present (expenses are paid). We are looking for experienced youth workers who want to contribute to an alternative way of working, and also for people looking for youth work experience. We are also hoping to set up an advisory group to help with supervision, fundraising, co-op expertise, etc, which would be a smaller commitment. The advert is attached with more info - please feel free to send it on to anyone who might be interested, and/or to put it up on any noticeboards etc.
Thank you for your help!