Trading Co-ops Network
For a long time in Radical Routes we have known that many people who live in housing co-ops also work in workers co-operatives that are not a part of the network. There are many good reason for this. Many workers co-ops would find the work commitment to Radical Routes hard to fulfill; attending gatherings at weekends is difficult for workers co-ops in many industries and the benefits of full membership are less tangible for workers co-operatives than they are for housing co-ops.
To redress this the trading co-ops forum and associated working group have been formed.
At each gathering people involved in workers co-operatives or other trading organisations and those acting as sole traders get together to discuss issues that affect them and to provide mutual aid.
To be a member of the Rad Routes Trading Co-ops Network, co-ops must be full or associate members of Radical Routes. The Trading Co-ops Network aims to produce a print directory of all its members, as well as this online listing.
For information on how to become an associate member visit the how to join page.
Radical Routes full member trading co-ops
Accountancy, book keeping and Co-op formation
We are a workers’ co-operative, who offer free help and advice for and about housing and worker co-ops, plus a cheap registration service for new co-ops and help preparing accounts. We have over 14 years experience, and more than 100 satisfied customers. We can visit you if appropriate, to help you develop your co-operative ideas.
We are based in Norfolk, however we work with groups nationwide. We offer a cheap/free service because we believe in what we do, and are always open to donations to further our work.
Bike maintenance/Cycle training
Birmingham Bike Foundry is a workers' cooperative. We promote cycling activities and recycle discarded bikes. We offer training in bike maintenance and cycle proficiency to members of the public, schools and businesses. We offer bicycle hire, a tool club where you can come along and use our workshop and a bespoke building service for people with specialised cycling needs. Our aims are to promote cycling activities, reduce waste by recycling discarded bikes and provide fulfilling employment for our members. We hope to improve access to cycling for people who find it hard to afford a reliable bike and do not yet have the knowledge to maintain it themselves. In the long term we aim to generate a vibrant cycling culture in Birmingham – a city with a toxic addiction to cars, leading to serious health and environmental problems.
Printing and Web design and hosting
Footprint have been active in Radical Routes since before they started trading in July 2000. They provide printing services to the network and far beyond. They are almost certainly the biggest printers of independently published zines in the UK if not the world. In 2007 they started to provide web hosting and design services links to some of their work are available from their site.
Cowley Club (The)
The Cowley Club is a social centre on London Road in Brighton. It houses a cafe and bookshop during the day, a members bar during the evenings, a library, and is a base for a variety of other projects. The club is collectively owned and run as a base for those involved in grassroots social change and those sympathetic to such activities, giving us control over our social space and resources. It is run entirely by volunteers – no one gets paid, and no one is making any profit. Instead, we are trying to provide a much needed alternative to everything else around us.
The Manchester Social Centre is a project that is trying to set up an autonomous community space to act as a hub for activism in the city of Manchester. Since The Basement closed there has been a growing need for a non-commercial, free space for groups to use to organize their events. We are currently looking for a building to host the MSC. Once we have achieved this, we hope to run a café and a radical bookshop / library. We will provide meeting space, a music venue and space for art exhibitions. We also wish to provide access to free computers.
Sumac Centre (The)
The Sumac Centre (formerly the Rainbow Centre) is an activist and community resource centre and a secondary co-operative with two housing and two worker co-ops as members. These co-ops are Ned’s and Rhizome Housing Co-operatives, Veggies Catering Campaign and Wild Things who are involved in eco-education with children of all ages.
The centre has a cafe, a bar, a radical library and computer facilities. We aim to provide housing, work, social facilities and advice and help to people working towards social change.
Woodland management/Tree planting
From the Earth - awaiting details