Worker Co-op Weekend Programme
Join us from 10 May to 12 May at the Rock UK Frontier Centre, Northamptonshire, NN9 5UH.

Session below: add direct or leave a comment.


  • Developing leadership worker co-ops where know one is “the boss”.
    Jenny Carlyle, Suma
  • Working title: Skillshare workshop - Peer appraisals: What can we learn from each other? Britta Werner, Unicorn, & Kate Whittle, Cooperantics (we would like 2 hrs if poss?)
  • What next for the worker co-op code?
    John Atherton, Co-operatives UK  
  • Solidfund: the next 5 years
    Solidfund members
  • Managing worker coop businesses. Why is it so difficult? How do we do better?  
    Bob Cannell, Cooperative Business Consultants


  • Sociocracy again?
  • Preston Model -  or a wider discussion about how worker co-ops can/ (Gareth Nash invite) should work with local authorities / support local economic development
  • An introduction to council procurement
  • New start-up guide? (Radical routes one is great but should we crowdsource a web based guide focused at a more mainstream / tech audience?)
  • Kitty’s Laundrette: starting a worker-community coop from scratch and what we learned (Grace Harrison and colleagues? Sion to suggest)
  • CECOP general assembly in June, Manchester - planning sessions, visits, social
  • Barefoot worker coop organising update (Nathan Brown/Mark Simmonds?)
  • Invite Ed Mayo. Role worker coops in destroying coops. Or Nick Mathews.
  • Invite international speaker.
  • Reframing organising - how to make and ‘own’ new understandings of words like leading, managing, feedback, performance, strategy etc
  • An ‘enquiry’ into selling - how to make selling an enjoyable experience that adds value and helps a worker coop increase its impact (and surplus!)

Rough timings, but do suggest better



Arrival, put up tent find a bed etc

16.00 - 18.00

Potential opening session?

19.30 - 20.30

Food (All Veg and Vegan food)

20.30 - 21.30

Principle 6 - Turning good contacts into good contracts:

Icebreaker and referrals, 1min pitches of who you are and what you want
Sion Whellens


Main Room

Dining Room

Break out room

9.00 - 10.00

Breakfast (staggered serving)

10.00 - 10.30

Housekeeping and practicalities, Introduction to the weekend

10.30 - 11.30

11.30 - 12.30

12.30 - 14.00

Rolling lunch and open space opportunities

14.00 - 16.00

16.00 - 16.15


16.15 - 18.15

18.15 - 19.00




9.30 - 10.00

Breakfast (staggered serving)

10.00 – 12.30


Close and clean up



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