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Co Cars is just one of many businesses that, due to the Covid-19 crisis, recently took the difficult decision to suspend their services. But the cooperative shared mobility operator has found an innovative way to stay connected to its members and the community at large. It has launched the Co Cars Coffee Club: a virtual space to meet and talk about everything to do with the business, sustainable transport, city transformation and much more besides.
The Coffee Club runs every Thursday at 11.30 on the Crowdcast platform and is hosted by Co Cars member and self-confessed ‘raving fan’ Stewart Noakes. In the hot seat every week is founder and MD Mark Hodgson alongside invited guests plus any attendees who’d like to take their turn in front of the camera.
Mark commented: “Right now we all have a rare opportunity to pause from our constant busyness and take the time to listen, learn and reflect. And, as a cooperative business, our community’s input really does influence what we do.
“To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect: with everything going on, would anyone want to join in? Well, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’ with dozens of people joining the conversation and asking a lot of thought provoking questions.”
The Coffee Club is also a way for potential investors to speak directly to Mark about the company’s community share offer. This is currently live on the Ethex investment platform and has already raised over £150,000 of its £600,000 target. Funds will be used to expand Co Cars’ fleet of shared electric cars and bikes, bringing affordable and sustainable shared mobility solutions to even more people around the South West.
Mark added: “Despite the wider challenges we’re all experiencing right now, our share offer continues to attract investors. I think this is due to a number of factors, some of which have come into sharp relief over the last few weeks. These include an increased interest in community action, ethical investment versus the traditional stock market model and, for all of us, actually experiencing a world with far fewer cars and a massive drop in pollution.
“Being an optimist, I’d like to think that this will leave a lasting legacy and Co Cars’ services will be in more demand than ever as we head towards the 2030 target for Net Zero Exeter.”
Register now to join the conversation or simply register and drop in when it’s started.
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