Another year of Enterprise Support from Plunkett!

We are delighted to report that further free advice and support is available through the Enterprise Support initiative up until July 2013.  This initiative provided mentoring, study visits and advice to over 400 community food enterprises through a BIG Lottery Funded programme with the aim of supporting community food enterprises to be robust and sustainable.  What’s also great news is that both of us have been appointed as retained consultants to the Plunkett Foundation to help deliver support under this programme.  For more information follow the link.

‘Like’ Co-operatives Conference: Friday 9th Nov, Exeter

Inspire your life in 6 hours! A stimulating event for young people, teachers, policymakers and co-ops to explore the benefits of the co-operative approach to working, living and learning.  Co-operatives conference – 9 Nov

This is a FREE conference for co-operatives and young people.  We are expecting about 120 people, so make sure you book as early as possible to ensure your place! To book, visit:

For Co-operative businesses, space for stands are also free and we’d encourage you to bring a display and/or literature about your co-operative (there is space for 20 stands but some may have to share a table).
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Mind Your Own Business

We are delighted to be collaborating with The Community Council of Devon to support this event on the 17th July at their premises at Matford Business Park. This Free event, which is part of their Women Do Business programme will provide a unique networking and training workshop to help women entrepreneurs. Mind Your Own Business flyer and booking form 17 06 12

The Fruit Tree for Business – one year on!

Before we knew what had happened a year of trading as the Fruit Tree Partnership came and went.  We wanted to reflect on what we’ve done and in particular whether being a co-op, albeit a rather small one, has shaped the work that we’ve done and the way that we’ve done it.  To celebrate and mark the year in a small way we have produced a simple report to share with our clients and friends or indeed, anyone who is interested and can make time to read it.

The Fruit Tree One Year On