Client case study: Bishopwearmouth Co-operative

15 January 2018

This month we are very pleased to bring you a case study focusing on our client, Bishopwearmouth Co-operative, a local community interest company offering employment opportunities and support for adults with disabilities. The company delivers a wide range of professional horticultural and floristry services to customers across the North East on a not-for- profit basis.

UHY Torgersens has acted for Bishopwearmouth for the past two years, providing a range of tax and payroll services. In addition, we are assisting the company as they approach their pensions auto-enrolment staging date.

Bishopwearmouth Co-operative was established in 2009 as a landscaping community interest company, and was converted into a co-operative in 2016. The business now employs 25 staff, 18 of whom are adults with disabilities. All profits generated are invested back into the co-operative.

Amongst the company’s notable milestones was a launch day held in December for the recently opened garden centre. A formal opening ceremony was presided over by Marian Foster, presenter and producer of BBC Newcastle’s Garden Mania programme and The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Doris MacKnight.

The Co-operative’s plans for 2018 include a coffee shop, which is due to open in the summer, the launch of a website and further development of their Sunderland site, including an additional retail area.

Shaun Donnelly, director, commented: ‘The directors and myself are proud of what we have all achieved over the past year, enabling us to provide more employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. We are looking forward to opening our new coffee shop in 2018 and would like to thank all those who continue to support our not-for-profit company.’