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About Edgar Parnell

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Edgar Parnell has managed, studied, researched and advised a wide variety of self-help and mutual forms of enterprise (SHEs), in more than 40 countries. He started work at a retail co-op in the North of England, in his early twenties, he worked mainly on turning-around declining retail co-ops in the UK. During the late 1960s and the 1970s, he primarily worked on setting-up and developing SHEs in post-colonial countries.

Following the collapse of many communist regimes, he worked in several countries introducing market-based SHEs. He also worked in several countries where SHEs replaced government-sponsored marketing boards.   In 1980 he joined the Oxford-based Plunkett Foundation and was its chief executive from 1984 to 1998; after which he became an independent consultant, working internationally. During his career, he has worked on projects for significant SHEs, governments, European and United Nations agencies, and been a representative on national, European and international bodies dealing with SHEs.

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Sources of help for setting-up self-help enterprises
Those seeking help with setting-up specific types of self-help enterprise are recommended to search for your national associations using the type of enterprise that is of interest to you. For example, cooperatives (or co-operatives), credit unions, friendly societies, building societies, mutual insurers, supporters’ trusts, etc. Search also, under the activities and the types of cooperatives, such as agricultural/ farmers, consumer, worker, housing, banks, community, transport, artists.

Updated: December 2018   Â© Edgar Parnell 2018
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