ECONOMY/FINANCE AND FUNDING

Many people are developing alternative views of the economy and questioning how we might start to move our finances back towards a system that supports social and natural resources, and serve the needs of the local area. A local economy is one that keeps money spent and circulated locally, supporting and enabling the use of local food, energy and other commodities, as well as supporting the local community in general.

Community First Co-Operative Enterprise Hub

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The Co-operative Enterprise Hub aims to expand the co-operative economy by creating strong, ethically-led businesses with a deep sense of social responsibility. With experience of developing a wide range of co-operative business models Community First is well placed to understand the values and principles that enable co-operatives to deliver real change in communities through co-operation and member ownership. Business Support through the Enterprise Hub is free and the cost of registering your co-operative is greatly reduced. There are many more benefits from applying for support including access to co-operative grants and loans, so get in touch or apply on line. Charges: Up to 2 days of free business and legal support, additional legal support is chargeable
www.comfirst.org.uk/co-operative_enterprise_hub1

Federation Of Small Businesses (Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire)

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The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.
www.fsb.org.uk/092/herefordshire

Herefordshire Council Community Funding Advice and Directory

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Herefordshire Council wants communities to become stronger, more sustainable, enterprising and inclusive. To achieve this, we support community groups to bring their ideas and projects to life. We issue a monthly funding update listing funding opportunities for community, voluntary sector and statutory projects and also an annual funding directory to help you find funding, advice and support for community projects.
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/business-and-employment/regeneration/community-development-funding-advice-and-directory/

Herefordshire Greenlinks

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Our business members share best practice, contribute to our training courses, and co-operate on procurement. We have shared marketing, events, trade fairs, printed and online directory to find local eco-friendly goods and services.
www.herefordshiregreenlinks.info/

Impetus

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Impetus is a local Community Development Finance Institution. Our aim is to improve the economy and environment of the area in which we operate – Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin – for the benefit of all the people who live and work here. We’ll increase investment in the area, and do all we can to help ensure that the money stays in our local communities.
www.impetus-marches.co.uk/

Localise West Midlands

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Localise West Midlands is a not-for-profit organisation which exists to promote the environmental, social and economic benefits of: local trading, using local businesses, materials and supply chains; linking local needs to local resources; development of community and local capacity; decentralisation of appropriate democratic and economic power and provision of services tailored to meet local needs.
www.localisewestmidlands.org.uk

Marches Environmental Technology Network

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Metnet is a business network that promotes collaborative working among businesses that provide products or services within the environmental technologies sector in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire
www.met-net.co.uk/Info/Contact-152.aspx

Moneybox Credit Union

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MBCU is Hereford’s Credit Union and exists to provide safe, competitive and fair financial services to anyone that lives or works within Herefordshire. MBCU offers a range of financial products and services to anyone who lives or works in Herefordshire. As a financial co-operative, anyone opening a savings account or taking out a loan or with us becomes a member. MBCU is owned by its members and they have a say in the development and direction of the organisation.
www.moneyboxcu.org.uk

New Economics Foundation

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NEF is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues.
www.neweconomics.org

Reconomy

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Re-imaging, Re-viewing, and Re-creating the local economy. Our task is to meet the challenges of climate change, energy security, and economic uncertainty by helping create truly sustainable local enterprise as part of a thriving, resilient Herefordshire. We work with people and organisations across the county and nationwide.
www.reconomyherefordshire.org

Robert Owen Community Banking

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Robert Owen Community Banking where we provide fairer finance to homes and businesses across Wales, aiming to build resilient local economies. Working across Wales, Robert Owen Community Banking has products and services designed to help you grow your business or improve your home, with a strong record in lending locally to a wide range of Welsh businesses.
www.rocbf.co.uk

Welcome To Our Future

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Welcome to Our Future's aim is to support sustainable development and Local Agenda 21 initiatives throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It is our role to help and support community groups and enterprises towards their goals so that their efforts achieve a balance between protecting and improving the environment, meeting social needs and promoting economic success.
www.wtof.org.uk/