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Learning from Catalonia – Suara Co-operative’s model of participation and inter-co-operation

Author: E3M
Date: 06.09.21

In July, E3M hosted its third online meeting between E3M social enterprise leaders and colleagues from Suara Co-operative and its partners*. In the session we explored Suara’s model of employee participation and empowerment, and how it co-operates with other social economy organisations in Catalonia through the CLADE group.An employee led co-operative based in Barcelona, Suara […]

Promoting Innovation – Suara, Spain’s largest services co-op

Author: Jonathan Bland
Date: 28.05.19

In April I visited Suara, Spain’s largest services co-operative, employing over 4,000 people and with a turnover of more than 80m euros. Based in Barcelona, Suara provides a range of care and education services across Catalonia. It was formed from a merger of three care co-operatives around 10 years ago, which realised that with competition […]

Barcelona – Promoting the Social and Solidarity Economy

Author: Jonathan Bland
Date: 07.05.19

In April 2019 I visited Barcelona to learn about recent developments in the promotion of co-operatives and the wider social economy in the City. Having worked in the co-operative movement in Valencia in the 1990s, I have always been impressed with the way that co-operatives and the wider social economy play a significant role in […]

E3M 2013 Conference Report

Author: E3M
Date: 28.03.13

On 4-5 March 2013 E3M held its inaugural European conference in Kettering. This important, two-ˇday European event held in English, French and Italian, brought together over 250 people from 14 different countries to discuss the key issues for growing successful social enterprise. Themed around the topics Markets, Money, Models and Measurement, the conference took place in the […]