About

Preston Cooperative Development (PCDN) was formed in 2017 to  promote and support the development of cooperatives and similar forms of enterprise in Preston and the surrounding areas. We received a grant from Open Society Foundation and Preston City Council to support the development of 10 worker cooperatives and we offered interested groups advice and initial funding to pay for costs such as registering the coop and  developing a business plan.

We succeeded In developing these ten coops by  May 2023. These are  the Mandala Centre for Yoga and Wellbeing Hub, Deeds Not Words, The Preston Digital Foundation, Preston Pedals,  Retrofit at Brookfield (temporary name), Worth A Gander, FAM Foodies, HMP Wymott, North West Black Cabs ( closed due to Covid) and Preston Cooperative Education Centre. More information and case studies of these coops will be included on this website as podcasts soon.

We are a cooperative run entirely by volunteers who form the PCDN  Board. Board members are expected to promote the success of the company so the director should act and make decisions in a way s/he thinks will best promote the success of the cooperative.  Directors are required to exercise independent judgement and act in good faith.  

We attend regular Board meetings and hold our AGM once a year where we invite the members of the coop to attend. 

Next steps? Currently we have a further grant from The Shared Prosperity Fund administered by PCC and are using this to develop our profile and activities with a range of social enterprises  and community groups. As part of our outreach, we have been busy working with  various groups such as Climate Action Preston and Community Energy Preston amongst others. and have built a good relationship with the regional growth hub at Lancashire Boost.

Currently, we are writing variety of accessible   learning materials for different groups about  coops and cooperation  and will  also be  holding a series of  free webinars on cooperative solutions to issues such as food poverty, community energy, housing and care. Please keep an eye on our events page for more details.

Our next event is our Members Meeting to be held on Weds 28 June 2023, 5.30 – 7.00 at The Larder Cafe, Arts & Community Hub, 50 Lancaster Road, Preston PR1 1DD. Please join us.

If your group is interested in forming a coop and would like to chat about this, please contact us.

Our Rules and Regulations 

Our Mission

To promote the development of cooperatives and other similar forms of enterprise in Preston and the surrounding areas.

We will do this through the provision of advice, consultancy and training; enabling and encouraging coops and similar forms of enterprise to work together.

Our Values

Self-help · Self-responsibility · Democracy · Equality · Equity · Solidarity.

Meet the Board

Gaynor Wood

Gaynor teaches university students and writes about enterprise, starting your own business, and business for sport scientists. She worked with Enterprise Educators UK in the development of enterprise education training for university and college staff in institutions across Nigeria and China.

Her main interest is cooperative enterprises including worker and housing cooperatives. Currently she is working Climate Action Preston to develop green cooperative enterprises.

Gareth Nash

Gareth is part of a small cooperative business saving local services like shops and pubs from closure.  He has helped raise several million pounds so that communities can create energy from wind and water turbines. He is also active in the Cooperative Party, where he finds new ways for local people to own the services they value.

Gareth is also working  with Climate Action Preston to develop a social solar power enterprise and to develop a Climate Emergency Centre.

Mick McKeown

A longstanding union activist, Mick is involved in the development of links between the trade union and cooperative movements. He co-authored the recent Manifesto for Decent Work from Union Co-ops UK. Mick leads on ideas to create cooperative opportunities in the care sector, and in the area of criminal justice (the employment of prisoners and ex-prisoners).

Ann Vanner

Ann lives in Preston and works at the University of Central Lancashire as a senior lecturer in Architectural Technology  She brings an unconventional and unwavering passion for the built environment and detailed construction knowledge, as well as project management and problem-solving abilities.

She is passionate about homes that are suited to the people who want to live in them. her interests include community housing and cooperative housing.