Yesterday's launch of the Wales Cooperative Centre's report on community cooperatives attracted a great crowd to Saith Seren.
The only cooperative pub in the area is also featured on the front page of the Cooperative Enterprise Hub's annual review.
But talking to many of the people attending, it struck me how far Wrecsam has come in terms of cooperatives and social enterprises.
The Wrexham Supporters' Trust is, with 2500 members and growing, the grand-daddy of local cooperatives. It was ably represented by board members Tom Stamford and Gavin Jones, who gave a brief but compelling account of the WST's history in successfully trying to wrestle control of the third oldest football club in the world away from the sharks and vultures.
There's also some great work done by the various social enterprises and cooperatives under the Caia Park Partnership umbrella and it was good to see Alison Hill representing them.
North Wales Credit Union, which has an office in King Street and a membership in the thousands, was also present. As well as a savings facility, it has the ability to finance individual loans and could be the basis for a far more pro-active approach to developing cooperatives.
Equally interesting was the presence of people interested in setting up cooperatives to create work and maintain services in the area. We'll be hearing more about this shortly.
Other organisations such as Age Concern, @67 Communications (which has launched the Wrexham Community Choir) and the Wales Cooperative Centre's own digital inclusion team were also present, hinting that there is the potential for a network of local cooperatives and social enterprises to link up and find common ground. Wrecsam Council staff were also present.
Saith Seren, as well as being a Welsh Centre for the town with a growing reputation for live music and other entertainment in both English and Welsh, is developing as a hub for cooperators in the area and opening rooms upstairs in the New Year will only strengthen that situation.
These are all organisations doing great work, reliant on their members ingenuity and self-help rather than sitting back and expecting endless grants to keep going.
Other local ventures such as the Ty'n y Capel can join this growing network.
These are interesting times both internationally and locally - big business is abandoning communities like ours, the state (whether local or central) is doing less to provide services. Communities will, as they always have done, come together to form societies and cooperatives to advance their common goals. We're ahead of the game here... it's time for Wrecsam to declare itself Wales's cooperative capital.