Coompanion

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the Swedish Coompanion network is the most comprehensive example of a dedicated support system for social enterprises. It comprises 25 local co-operative development agencies, several members of which took part in EQUAL. Between them they create around 300 new enterprises each year and have a revenue of €6.7m. What is interesting about their structure is that they function on a partnership model which combines core funding from the state – creating stability – with local matching – creating anchorage. The loose national federal structure provides a community of practice among the agencies’ 85 workers, as well as allowing a political voice.

Website: http://www.coompanion.se/