This is episode 4 of 4 in the BCCM series on Coops and Mutuals. The Marino Rocks Community Coop came about rapidly thanks to the power of a motivated and organised local community, driven by a stark choice. Listen to 3 of the founders talk about how they ended up financing the purchase, and ultimately taking over the day-to-day running of their fav local cafe (aka meeting place) before the building was sold and developed into apartments.
Laura Willis Dr Ariella Helfgott and Christopher Mardell are founders of @marinorockssocial owned by the Marino Rocks Community Coop. In this fourth and final interviews with #coop owners brought to you by @bccm (Business Council Cooperatives & Mutuals) we talk about how the #localcommunity rallied to buy a long-standing local cafe (and building premises) from the original #businessowner.
The #owner had attractive offers to sell the site to a #propertydeveloper but instead sold to the newly formed #coop which ensured that the #business stayed as a central #localmeetingplace.
It's an inspiring example of #communitypower and taking the initiative to form the #coop and buy this critical local business. In our discussion we cover;