Incorporation as ...? (Cross post from workers coop loomio)
Hi all, I posted this on the worker cooperatives loomio, but here is more apt. Thanks for the add.
I’m a Cooperator with York Courier Collective (YCC), a member of the CoopCycle federation, we’re currently unincorporated. We currently offer scheduled delivery of goods and, now that the platform is maturing, in the early stages of on-demand food delivery. We’re aware of the precarious nature of this work, so in looking to create a more sustainable business we’re got underway with establishing a York Library of Things, the idea of which is to offer an on-demand delivery loaned item, tools, things, etc.
In summary, so far we’ve got:
York Collective - York Courier – Scheduled delivery
York Collective - Scoff – On-demand Food Delivery
York Collective - York Library of Things - On-demand Thing Delivery
In our minds, in an attempt to future proof, it makes sense to run everything under an umbrella, York Collective, to allow the cooperative’s branches to grow around the logistics, and e-commerce platform. This, hopefully, would allow anybody which wanted to start a cooperative, which integrated with our services, a way to avoid the immediate cost of incorporation, hassle of opening a bank account and so forth (basically the problems we’re facing now with a lack of funds.); much the same as Open Collective offers on a global scale, but under York Collective.
So, so far a workers’ cooperative seems to be the way to go, however we’re keen to involve user members in some capacity, so we’re considering multi-stakeholder cooperatives. The Library of Things should be driven by user demand, similarly offering restaurants membership has been discussed.
We’re open to thoughts and suggestions about our best way to incorporate, whether it’s something we’ve researched or completely different. Thanks in advance for any feedback.