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The Consortium Co-operative Model
Grow your business through collaboration
WHAT IS A CONSORTIUM CO-OPERATIVE?
It is an org...
CASE STUDIES: ARGYLL FOOD PRODUCERS
Argyll Food Producers has grown to become a recognised brand across
Scotland, with 20 ...
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The Consortium Co-operative Model

A consortium co-operative is an organisation run in a shared and equal way by, and for the benefit of its members.

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The Consortium Co-operative Model

  1. 1. The Consortium Co-operative Model Grow your business through collaboration WHAT IS A CONSORTIUM CO-OPERATIVE? It is an organisation run in a shared and equal way by, and for the benefit of its members. Members are businesses and the co-operative may be for any purpose which supports the members – for example, marketing, tendering, innovating or exporting. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? The model benefits businesses of all sizes and works well in any sector. Being part of a consortium co-operative can boost economic growth while reducing the costs and risks of tackling new markets or investing in new processes. It also allows member businesses to retain their own brands, independence and control. HOW ARE THEY USED? Consortium co-operatives are formed for various reasons. Many are formed for buying, selling or marketing purposes on behalf of members to deliver greater economies of scale. Increasingly they are being used to bid for contracts individual members could not win alone. Running costs are often met by retaining a small percentage of the value of members’ trade, meaning members contribute in proportion with usage. The model is common in situations where members wish to share resources such as back office services or premises. It can also be used as the basis for membership organisations where a sound democratic structure is needed to promote ownership, to apply for funds or to undertake strategic sector development. BY: • Raising profile • Pooling resources • Combining expertise • Increasing buying power A CONSORTIUM CAN: • Reach new customers and markets • Access bigger and more valuable contracts • Innovate products and services • Increase efficiency via economies of scale AND ACHIEVE FOR MEMBERS: • Increased revenues and profits • Reduced costs • Increased productivity Members have profited in a variety of ways, but all have benefited from the resources sourced by the group. Virginia Sumsion Argyll Food Producers Breadalbane Tourism Co-operative
  2. 2. CASE STUDIES: ARGYLL FOOD PRODUCERS Argyll Food Producers has grown to become a recognised brand across Scotland, with 20 members working together to promote and sell fare from the rural west coast region. Providing catering under the ‘Food from Argyll’ banner, the consortium has achieved significant success through joint tendering. It was the only regional food group represented at two public sites during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. CDS supported a feasibility study for the group. CASE STUDIES: SCOTTISH MOUNTAIN BIKE CONSORTIUM Winner of the 2013 CDS Collaboration Prize, SMBC is made up of several SMEs with an interest in mountain biking and tourism. By pooling resources and contacts, they have been able to organise events with greater ease. Collaborating has allowed them to win significant tenders, such as the contract to organise and host the Angus Mountain Biking Festival. Individual member businesses have also seen growth as a result of working together. CASE STUDIES: BREADALBANE TOURISM CO-OPERATIVE Formed with the help of CDS, 16 tourism businesses in the Breadalbane area are working together to deliver benefits to both members and visitors. By establishing a standalone brand and launching Breadalbane- themed products, they have been able to raise awareness of the area. Successful initiatives include the Rings of Breadalbane outdoor activity project and the Explorer mini bus service, both of which have helped to open up the area to tourists and residents. HOW CAN WE HELP? CDS has a proven track record in helping businesses form consortium co-operatives and successfully raise their profile, access bigger contracts and innovate in new and existing markets. CDS support includes: • Exploring the options • Structuring the consortium • Developing member participation Co-operative Development Scotland is the arm of Scottish Enterprise working in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise that supports company growth through collaborative and employee ownership business models. For more information or advice email info@cdscotland.co.uk or call us on 0141 951 3055. Follow us on Twitter @cdscotland www.foodfromargyll.com www.thesmbc.co.uk www.breadalbane.org SE/4264/May15

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