Cwmpas is a development agency working for positive change, in Wales and across the UK.

We are a co-operative, and our focus is on building a fairer, greener economy and a more equal society, where people and planet come first. Our economy and society could – and should – work in the interests of people and the planet. Established in 1982 as the Wales Co-operative Centre, at Cwmpas we’ve made it our mission to change the way our economy and society works.

Over the last forty years, Cwmpas has worked with communities and social entrepreneurs to set up and grow community-owned businesses which benefit the local area and deliver essential services, from childcare businesses and community centres, to sports clubs, leisure centres, shops, museums, live music venues, arts centres, pubs, parks and nature reserves. Our specialist business advisors provide one-to-one business support as well as access to peer mentoring, networks and training. We can assist with:

  • Visioning and structure
  • Director training and investment strategy
  • Incorporation and policy development
  • Governance and community engagement
  • Compliance and risk
  • Business planning
  • Marketing, financial management and HR
  • Sustainable development and EDI
  • Social auditing

Why we support My Community

At Cwmpas, we understand the importance of community ownership, social enterprise and meeting community needs. In challenging times, community-owned assets and businesses are a key part of building a fairer economy and more inclusive society which purposely uses profit to help local people and the local environment. We’ve been at the heart of Wales’ vibrant social economy since we were founded and have supported hundreds of community businesses, helping them become sustainable and create jobs. We are proud to support groups accessing support through My Community.

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