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Building a “community co-operative” at Hill Holt Wood

By Peter Somerville, Kirk Frith and Gerard McElwee

Abstract

This article documents the business history of Hill Holt Wood (HHW), a community-run social enterprise based in rural Lincolnshire. It aims to shed light on the issues and obstacles associated with developing a rural enterprise into a ‘community co-operative’ (Somerville, 2007). To this end, face-to-face interviews were conducted with the venture’s founder over a period of approximately five years. It was found that the motivation and persistence of the founder, in addition to key support networks that can be drawn upon when required, were critical to the success of this community-controlled enterprise. The article concludes with a discussion of the future prospects for HHW and similar ‘community co-operatives’

Topics: N215 Organisational Development
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:2306

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