Skills for Work Month, supported by the Co-operative Food in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, is aimed at offering young unemployed people opportunities to prepare for the workplace and introduce them to employment opportunities in food retail and manufacture through a series of workshops.
Dame Anne was delighted to be invited along to a local Co-op to have the opportunity to meet with one of the groups of young people at the start of their session and hear about what they hoped to achieve from the day.
Dame Anne Begg, MP for Aberdeen South, and Frank Doran, MP for Aberdeen North, visited the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative on George Street to celebrate Co-operatives Fortnight.
With the theme ‘local, loved and trusted’ the fourteen days of Co-operatives Fortnight sees businesses ranging from bike shops to bakers, architects to allotments and farmers to pharmacies, inviting local people to join them in celebrating the fact that they are owned by and run for their members.
Up and down the country events are taking place to acknowledge the 6,100 co-operative organisations that are ‘powered by members’ and contribute £36bn to the UK’s economy.
Dame Anne Begg MP said: “While most people are familiar with the Co-operative retail stores which operate under the name of the Co-op, most are not aware that there could be many businesses in their community operating as Co-operatives. That’s why I’m supporting Co-operative Fortnight to help publicise the important role co-operatives have in our community.”
Frank Doran MP added: “I am very pleased to show my support for Co-operatives Fortnight to raise awareness of the ways in which co-operatives offer local services for everyone’s needs. I was delighted the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative was able to demonstrate their co-operative spirit during my visit.”
James Proctor from Co-operatives UK comments: “Just when many customers and members of the public are losing trust in business, Co-operatives Fortnight is an opportunity for us to show that co-operatives are different; we don’t have shareholders, we’re not controlled by face-less management teams based in another country, we’re local, we’re loved and we’re trusted.“