A Co-operative is a jointly owned commercial enterprise (usually organised by farmers or consumers) that produces and distributes goods and services and is run for the benefit of its owners.
Although we do not provide any services regarding co-operative developments, North Yorkshire County Council's Economic Development Unit works closely with primary and secondary producers in the farming and food sector, and with social enterprises and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to help them gain access to support and funding to plan, start, grow or diversify their business.
Direct business support in this area is carried out by NYCC's partner agencies, Business Link (BLYNY) the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs (UnLtd), and by the Department for Environment food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
However, NYCC organises regular events to attract new customers, and export missions in conjunction with Europe organisations. NYCC is particularly keen to help develop new farmers' markets across the county.
For more information, see Co-Development on the NYCC website.