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

Somerville, Peter and Frith, Kirk and McElwee, Gerard (2009) Building a “community co-operative” at Hill Holt Wood. Journal of Co-operative Studies, 42 (2). pp. 38-47. ISSN 0961-5784

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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’.

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Additional Information: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’.
Keywords:co-operative, community, enterprise, Somerville 693
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N215 Organisational Development
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:2306
Deposited By: Peter Somerville
Deposited On:16 Apr 2010 12:32
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:35

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