Manchester Co-operative Development Agency

Scope and Content

Material relating to the Manchester Co-operative Development Agency (MANCODA)

Administrative / Biographical History

MANCODA (Manchester Co-operative Development Agency) was Manchester's co-operative development agency. It worked to help people to form worker co-operatives and provide help to people in co-operatives. As well as worker co-operatives it also helped community co-operatives. The city of Manchester in 1982 was perhaps one of the first Councils to hold discussions and set up a Co-operative Development Agency. MANCODA began operating in 1983. In 1987/88 there was a large scale reduction by Central Government in the scope of the grants that the City Council could make to co-operatives, however the City tried to maintain the maximum level of assistance to co-operatives that it could legally give. We are unable to ascertain from records as to when MANCODA officially ceased to function.

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Acquisition Information

In October 2017, the National Co-operative Archive published a call-out for historic materials within the wider worker co-op community for Working Together , an Heritage Lottery Funded project seeking to record and preserve the heritage of the worker co-operative moment. This material was deposited in response to this call out.

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