Why start an enterprise?
In communities all over the world there is an increasing desire to take more control over enterprises that meet community needs in an ethical and cooperative way.
For many reasons, community groups may decide to scale up their projects and create organisations and businesses that consider trading to support them achieve their aims.
In the local food arena, there has been a huge growth in the number of these enterprises. Examples can include community owned and run shops, bakeries, cafes, farms and other food services, such as acting as a contractor for schools and hospitals.
The resources and advice needed to make an enterprise happen are beyond the scope of this handbook, however, there is a huge wealth of information and people available that can support you on your journey:
National Support Organisations
Specific Local Food Enterprise Support Links & Organisations
You may also like to see the resources on our funding and finances pages.
Downloads & Further Resources
Co-operatives UK produced a suite of guides all available to download which have a huge amount of useful information: