Carbon Co-op have been shortlisted in the Buy Better Together Challenge being run by BIS and Co-operatives UK. The competition is aimed at inspiring new models of community buying, stimulate local enterprise and promote shared learning. A £60,000 pot will go towards training, mentoring and seed funding for stand out projects, including £15,000 for the overall winner.
Carbon Co-op is seeking to develop an online platform to pool energy usage data and allow residents to collaborate and purchase retrofit and energy efficiency materials.
The shortlisted entrants have now been asked to develop detailed business plans of our ideas, to be submitted by 22 October 2012. Finalists will then be selected and invited to talk through their idea with a panel of experts in early November 2012 before the overall winner is chosen.
The Prize Judges are: Robin Murray, Industrial Economist and author of ‘Co-operation in the Age of Google’ Richard Pope, Product Manager, Government Digital Service Teresa Perchard, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Citizens Advice Tim Campbell MBE, CEO of Bright Ideas Trust Maresa Bossano, Food Co-operatives Project Officer at Sustain Steve Clare, Director of Campaigns at Locality Kevin McLean, Director of Operations and Technology at UK Online Centres (OCF)
The full shortlist is:
- Online collaboration tool, Carbon Co-op.
- Carlisle and District Employee Food Buying Scheme, Sustainable Carlisle
- Smarterbuys, Northern Housing Consortium
- People & Planet’s SCOOP project, People & Planet
- BEST (Buying Exchange Sharing Together)- Scottish Community Food Network- Strength in Collective, Community Food Initiatives North east (CFINE)
- Cornwall’s Community Energy Club, Community Energy Plus
- Caistor Energy Partnership, Caistor Energy Partnership
To find out more about the ‘Buy Better Together Challenge’ visit <www.bis.gov.uk/buying/> or join the conversation on Twitter by using #communitybuy.