Democratic Business Week

Book yourself onto all three webinars in our Democratic Business Week and get £10 off!

The webinars during this week include Crash Course in Democratic Business 2pm - 4.30pm on 28 April, Worker Co-ops: How to get started 10.30am - 1pm on 1 May, and Community Business in Black & Minoritised Communities 2pm - 4.30pm on 5 May.

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Crash Course in Democratic Business

  • A typology of democratic business models, focusing on co-operatives, community business, and employee ownership trusts
  • An overview of typical business development pathways, from startup to conversion
  • An introduction to how to invest in building the skills, culture, and infrastructure to support these democratic business models
  • An exercise using Stir to Action’s ‘development funnel’ to identify opportunities for how and when to use democratic business models in your local economy

Worker Co-ops: How to get started

  • What is a worker co-op?
  • The practicalities of setting up a worker co-op, what you need, when you need it, and where to research further support.
  • Some core skills, behaviours, and practical tools.


Community Business in Black & Minoritised Communities

  • What is employee ownership?
  • How can it work?
  • What are the key elements you’ll need to consider?

Crash Course in Democratic Business

  • An understanding of the differences between democratic business models and the advantages they offer
  • Clear understanding of the opportunities to use these models in designing democratic business approaches into local or regional economic strategies

Worker Co-ops: How to get started

  • The motivation, inspiration, and knowledge to start this new adventure.
  • Some core skills and ways of working with others to ensure you can build a great organisational culture.


Community Business in Black & Minoritised Communities

  • An understanding of the employee ownership options.
  • How employee ownership can improve the stakeholders experience.
  • A plan of what you need to do next.

Crash Course in Democratic Business

  • Local authorities, LEPs, BIDs, professional bodies, and growth hubs that are investing in ‘plural ownership’ strategies
  • Think tanks and policy platforms that are supportive of democratic business models

Worker Co-ops: How to get started

  • Do you have a business idea, or need for a decent job doing what you love. But you want to share the work, responsibilities, and rewards with others? 
  • Do you have a social or community project that you want to embed flat management and people-focused work practices?
  • Are you interested in worker ownership and want the knowledge and tools to advocate for the model and help others get started on their own journey?


Community Business in Black & Minoritised Communities

  • Existing owners looking for an ethical succession route.
  • Owners looking for a fairer way to engage employees, sharing responsibility and reward.
  • Those looking to ‘start up’ an ethical company.

Crash Course in Democratic Business

Jonny Gordon-Farleigh is the co-founder of Stir to Action, an organisation that has supported democratic business for ten years. This experience includes working in the community business sector in partnership with Power to Change, Plunkett Foundation, and Friends Provident; working on co-operative development in partnership with Preston City Council and launching UnFound, a platform co-op accelerator, with Co-operatives UK. He is also working on projects with the Employee Ownership sector with J Gadd Associates, Triodos, and the Employee Ownership Association.

Worker Co-ops: How to get started

Siôn Whellens co-designed and launched the Worker Cooperative Solidarity Fund, which has 525 contributing members, mainly worker co-operators. SolidFund backs worker co-op education, skills development, and organisation projects.


Community Business in Black & Minoritised Communities


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