The business assessment form is designed to help you:
- Decide whether setting up a co-operative/social enterprise is right for you
- Decide if your business idea might work
- Assess what you already know and what you may need to find out
Please try to provide answers to all of the questions. If you have any questions about filling in the form please contact us.
Once you have completed the business assessment simply send it to us and one of our advisers will be in touch to discuss your business.
This skills assessment document will help you to identify the skills that each member of your business brings to the table and to identify areas of improvement.
Help with your business plan
A business plan is simply a document that sets out how and why you plan to run your business. Primarily it should help you, by clarifying your ideas. Once you are trading your business plan should help you to know how you are doing. The plan should be a working tool not just an academic document. In addition you will need a business plan to show people who you want to borrow money from that your business idea is sound and is worthwhile investing in.
This document contains a suggested layout of a business plan.
Working In Social Enterprise (WISE) Evaluation Report
Please click below to access the electronic version of our evaluation report for our ERDF funded WISE programme.
Resources available from Co-operatives UK
Co-operatives UK, the national trade association for co-operatives, has released an online toolkit of information for those thinking of starting up a co-operative. This toolkit contains a quiz to help you find out if the co-operative model is the best for you, case studies, things to think about before starting up and a library of resources.
50 ways to find funding for your business – free ebook
Enterprise Nation has produced a fantastic new ebook looking at the different methods available to secure funds for new and existing businesses. The book covers everything from start up loans and angel investment, right the way through to crowdfunding and Dragons’ Den.