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Co-operative Development Scotland awards new collaborative enterprise

Co-operative Development Scotland has awarded £10,000 to a new Edinburgh-based co-operative of five trades companies and a contact centre to help develop their business.

The new agency will receive a cash prize of £5,000 and up to £5,000 of business development support from CDS through the Collaboration Prize.

Launched earlier this year, the £30,000 Collaboration Prize aims to encourage businesses in Scotland to consider collaborating by pitching their idea for a new consortium co-operative. Three winning concepts were chosen.

Co-operative Development Scotland chief executive Sarah Deas said: “We’re now into the second year of the Collaboration Prize and we were delighted to see so many high-quality entries.

“There is a growing appetite from businesses to pool their expertise and work together.

“Collaboration brings tangible benefits. It enables firms to become more competitive and grow their markets, which in turn delivers a boost for the Scottish economy.

“We were impressed with Complete Trade Solutions’ value proposition and the enthusiasm and motivation displayed by all the consortium members.”

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