Our work is committed to creating a more democratic economy in our workplaces and communities, with a current focus on new infrastructure, business support, research and policy, and partnerships with local government.

Cooperate Islington

Cooperate Islington is a consortium of co-operatives and community organisers who are working in partnership with Islington Council. We are building a Cooperative Development Agency that will be embedded in Islington for years to come. We provide one-to-one advice, training sessions, funding, workspace, networking opportunities and other resources and support. We are also working with the biggest institutions in the borough, helping them adapt their supply chains to buy goods and services locally from ethical providers.

Duration

Jan 22 -

Region

Islington, London

Type

Infrastructure

Funder

Islington Council

Contact

jonny@stirtoaction.com

Founders for the Future

Founders for the Future is a free startup programme for young adults in Devon: a new business incubator working with 15 young adults in Devon – aged between 18-30 years old – supporting them to create new enterprise ideas that secure a sustainable future for Devon’s local economy. We will support participants to set up their own enterprises with others, through workshops, residentials, 1:2:1 business consultancy, study visits, market development, a business fair, and up to £1,000 startup grant.

Duration

Jan 22 - Jun 22

Region

Devon

Type

Business Support

Funder

UK Government

Link

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Contact

founders@stirtoaction.com

Alternative Models for Food in Oldham

Stir to Action and Shared Assets are working in partnership with Oldham Council, the Food Partnership Board, and the wider VCFSE to reduce the dependency on emergency food provision and to explore alternative models for local food. The core capacity building programme will offer workshops, events, study visits, and specialist support, ranging from farm start initiatives, community supported agriculture, and food co-operatives to developing new business models, partnerships, and markets for local food initiatives. To inform this programme, we’re hosting co-production sessions with different partnerships and organisations in the borough, drawing from participants’ past experiences around food poverty and the local food system to understand best practices and guide plans for the future.

Duration

Mar 22 - Mar 23

Region

Oldham, Greater Manchester

Type

Capacity Building

Funder

Oldham Council

Link

Contact

nicola.scott@stirtoaction.com

New Models for Family Farm Succession

Across the UK around 120,000 family-owned businesses are planning to retire or transfer ownership over the next few years (ONS), but two-thirds of these owners still do not have a succession plan. With commercial and policy pressure on UK land use and food production at an unprecedented level, there is a significant threat to current land use, and it is already undermining local and national food resilience through pushing our economy towards higher imports and lower employment.

Duration

Feb 22 - Sep 23

Region

UK

Type

Pilot

Funder

Farming the Future

Contact

farming@stirtoaction.com

Technocratic to Democratic

While it’s widely accepted there’s a significant gap between policy making and democratic business, it’s not always recognised that it’s undermining sector-wide ambitions for building a democratic economy. But can it change? Over the next two years we’re working on a new project (supported by the Friends Provident Foundation) to build effective relationships between democratic business and policy initiatives.

Duration

Apr 21 - Mar 23

Region

UK

Type

Research & Policy

Funder

Friends Provident Foundation

Contact

jonny@stirtoaction.com

Playground for the New Economy Festival

Our annual festival is a unique three days of inspiring conversations, interactive workshops, virtual reality experiences, live podcasts, idea surgeries, sustainable food, craft drinks, and live music.

This year’s festival is sponsored by Lankelly Chase, Power to Change, Co-operative Councils Innovation Network, and Locality.

2022 Festival programme

2022 Sponsorship Guide

Duration

12-14 Jul 22

Region

Devon, UK

Type

Annual Event

Funder

Various

Contact

abby@stirtoaction.com

New Economy Centre at Selgars Mill

The New Economy Centre at Selgars Mill is an immersive work and play campus for building a democratic economy. We empower communities and individuals with both the practical and strategic tools they need to create change.

In Autumn 2022 we're launching a new group of 'colleges' that focus on democratic economics, democratic creativity, and democratic policy.

Duration

Mar 20 -

Region

Devon, UK

Type

Infrastructure

Funder

Various

Contact

abby@stirtoaction.com

UnFound

UnFound is a support programme for tech founders and startups looking for a different way to create and run digital platform businesses. In 2018 we hosted an eight-week accelerator for a cohort of platform co-operatives in Manchester and London, offering masterclasses, mentoring, and a live fundraising event. In 2019 we created the UnFound roadshow in partnership with DOT PROJECT, a nationwide event programme in technology and innovation hubs across the UK to raise awareness of the platform co-operative model and the available support.

Duration

2018 - 2022

Region

UK

Type

Business Support

Funder

The Co-operative Bank

Contact

jonny@stirtoaction.com

Community Anchors: A Co-operative Recovery

Preston City Council commissioned development co-operative Stir to Action to deliver a ground-breaking new programme as part of its Community Wealth Building programme, focused on providing targeted support for BAME organisations in the city, stimulating cultural awareness and interest in worker-owned business.


Duration

2020 - 2021

Region

Preston, UK

Type

Pre-start

Funder

Preston City Council

Contact

jonny@stirtoaction.com

New Economy Youth

New Economy Youth is an inspiring programme specifically for 18-30 year olds who are developing enterprise-led and placemaking approaches to address local challenges in Lambeth, London. During the seven week programme there are workshops that develop participants' understanding of how co-operatives can transform their local economy, get connected to inspiring peers, build confidence and leadership skills, and increase opportunities and networks.

Duration

2019 - 2020

Region

UK

Type

Business Support

Funder

Lottery, Awards for All

Contact

jonny@stirtoaction.com

Unlocking the Next Economy

In July 2017, Stir To Action launched a year-long pilot – Unlocking the Next Economy: Churches and Community Enterprise – to support communities to use church buildings for local enterprise. We worked with three pilot communities in the South West of England to create new community enterprises through a 16-week programme and hosted a one-day conference – Reimagining our Churches: Conservation to Co-operation – to bring together key people in the church, heritage sector, and those working in community economic development.

Duration

2017 - 2018

Region

UK

Type

Pilot

Funder

Friends Provident Foundation

Link

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Contact

jonny@stirtoaction.com

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