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Coop Support Services Ltd

Co-operative Support Services (CSS) is a social enterprise development agency serving the diverse communities of island of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Its work is focused on development and support for democratically managed models of enterprise to meet the needs of local communities. The key function of CSS is the promotion, development and support of co-operative/social enterprise sector as part of local sustainable economic development. CSS encourages and supports potential community entrepreneurs to put their ideas into practice. The approach creates ownership of the proposal amongst all involved and commitment to the long-term sustainability of the enterprise.

CSS has a vision for itself to be recognised as the reference organisation for co-operative ethnic entrepreneurs in Ireland and to become a key player in the business life of the country. It has an ambition to become an advocacy organisation that will represent the views of its members in all relevant forums including within the political arena.

CSS sees its mission as one of encouraging and helping immigrants to unlock their full potential by pooling their skills and resources to develop co-operative businesses in their chosen business sectors. It aims to achieve this by developing a best practice model for the creation of new co-operative businesses. It will offer excellent business advice, training and development and a range of publications tailored to the needs of its members.