There are great opportunities for business, trade and investment within Africa, but as an individual or small business, where do you start?
With many multinational corporations seemingly dominating world trade, how do you participate effectively in this international trade?
The Anglo African Co-Operative Society (the “Society”) has been established to provide a mechanism to allow small and medium sized businesses to compete on a more equal footing, creating a virtual multinational that operates for the benefit of its Members.
As a co-operative society there are no external shareholders profiting from the hard work of the members; the Shareholders are the Members. Instead of customers, suppliers and employees being squeezed for the benefit of shareholders and a few top executives, all Members will benefit in an equitable fashion based on their level of activity with the Society. Each Member has one vote, however many shares they may hold in the Society.
The Society is developing an online platform that will be the core of its business.
This online trade platform will be the hub for our members’collaboration and connectivity, listing a variety of business opportunities between Africa and the UK.
These opportunities will include:
- Trade in products, services and commodities;
- Project development;
- Business collaboration and joint ventures; and
- The provision of services that assist members in their businesses.
The primary objective of the Society is to assist the Members in undertaking international trade between the UK and Africa and between different African countries. It is focussed on achieving this objective by providing a “one stop shop” for its members by linking them together and to external suppliers through its online platform.
Among the services the Society intends to offer are:
- Business Support Services
- Capital Raising & Partner Identification
- Marketing, PR and Promotion Services
- Overseas Representation
- Personnel Provision
- Trading Between Members
- Trade Finance & Services