Trading for Mutual Benefit

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Trading for Mutual Benefit

This 16-page guide to co-operative consortia] is published by Co-operatives UK.

Sole traders and other small businesses sometimes work together co-operatively to enhance their trade through joint activities such as purchasing and marketing. This approach - known as a co-operative consortium - can save money, spread risk, and enables the participating businesses to pool their resources, provide mutual support and learning and strengthen their business sector, while maintaining their business independence.

The guide described exampels serving members as varied as fishermen, artists, actors, market traders, rural tourism operators and doctors.