Think Venue Think Third Sector Co-operative help celebrate first ever Co-operatives Fortnight.

Co-operatives across the region have joined together to organise a fantastic event as part of the first ever Co-operatives Fortnight (19 June to 3 July) to help promote co-operatives as a better alternative.

To celebrate the formation of the Think Venue Think Third Sector Co-operative a launch will take place during Co-operatives Fortnight on 28th June 4pm – 7pm in central Birmingham.

Co-operatives Fortnight is a ground-breaking new initiative, with the timely theme – There is an Alternative – organised by Co-operatives UK, the national trade association for all forms of cooperative enterprise, and Think Venue Think Third Sector are getting the whole community together to raise awareness that Birmingham has a host of conference and meeting venues open to the private, public and statutory sectors, as well as, individuals to hold meetings and events and will encourage everyone in the area to be more co-operative.

At the launch event, there will be keynote speeches by Ed Mayo, Secretary General Co-operatives UK and Councillor Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader Birmingham City Council, as well as, an opportunity for guests to meet venues from the TVTTS Co-operative and find out more about each venue’s social or environmental aims.

Co-operatives Fortnight is a major campaign to spread the message about the cooperative alternative, sponsored by The Co-operative Group, Midcounties Cooperative, The Southern Co-operative, Anglia Co-operative Society, Lincolnshire, Chelmsford Star and Channel Islands Co-operative Societies, with a new dedicated website – www.thereisanalternative.coop – full of resources and ideas.

Think Venue Think Third Sector, are part of many co-operatives up and down the country to get involved in the two-week initiative, showcasing what makes them and cooperation different. As Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, puts it: “The Fortnight is going to be truly collaborative.”

Charlotte Torlo from Town and Symphony Hall, said: “We are very excited about the Think Venue Think Third Sector Launch and being part of the first ever Co-operatives Fortnight. The TVTTS cooperative represents the coming together of third sector venues to demonstrate their wide ranging facilities and as serious contenders for business within the events and meetings industry. In the current economic climate there is so much pressure on businesses and the public sector, but our range of venues can offer value for money, as well as first class facilities and services that are comparable to profit driven convention centres and hotels. By choosing to hold your event in a third sector venue businesses are also helping to meet their corporate social responsibility targets”

Co-operatives UK is co-ordinating some major activities throughout the Fortnight as well, including work to demonstrate the benefits of co-operation to business and society as well as Co-operatives 2010, the flagship conference for the co-operative sector.

“Be part of Co-operatives Fortnight,” says Ed. “It’s going to be powerful. And the more people that take part, the bigger impact we’ll have.”

If you are a director, manager, event organizer, meeting broker, procurement officer or your role covers Corporate Social Responsibility then the TVTTS Coop Launch is a must attend event for you. To attend please send your details to mark@cloudberry.org.uk

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