Workshop: Democratic models



October 2022

9:30 am


1:00 pm

An introduction to alternative governance models for local food enterprises


Using real-life examples, this workshop will introduce different business and governance models that are used in UK-based community food initiatives, from charitable access-to-food projects to co-operative farms to community supported agriculture. This workshop is fully accessible.

What to Expect

  • An overview of the many and varied different governance models available to community food enterprises
  • An overview of the different business models and how they can affect your choice of governance
  • Advice about how to develop a viable and democratically controlled food enterprise
  • Space for reflections on ways in which you can apply the above to your own projects or business ideas.

What You'll Leave With

  • An understanding of various democratically-run enterprise models
  • Approaches for overcoming challenges you may face when establishing your own business using the ideas you engage with
  • An action plan to begin to develop your own food business
  • Knowledge of what further support you need to develop your own democratically run food business and where to find it.

    Hot drinks and snacks provided, along with workshop resources.


Mark Simmonds, Co-op Culture


GROW Oldham (Grassroots Oldham Women's) Enterprise, head to the end of 13 Marlborough Drive, Failsworth M35 0LP

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