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About Co-operatives UK
Co-operatives give people control over things that matter to them.
From fan owned football clubs to farmer controlled businesses, there are nearly 7,000 independent co-operatives across UK.

The network for Britain's thousands of co-operatives, Co‑operatives UK works to promote, develop and unite member-owned business worth £37 billion to the British economy.

Our Voice

Together we promote co-operatives through policy and public campaigns.

Our Voice

Our Support

We develop co-operatives, from innovative start-ups to big businesses.

Our Support

Our Network

We unite co-operative leaders and practitioners through our forums and events.

Our Network

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  • From medieval Europe to modern day austerity, we need to rethink business ownership http://t.co/mzaHimpA7d
    CooperativesUK @CooperativesUK11 min ago
  • Yesterday's #coops14 competition fact was about Birds Eye peas. What will today's be? And can we beat yesterday's play on words?
    CooperativesUK @CooperativesUK30 min ago
  • Big Co-op Cleans taking place in Stanford-le-Hope, Bewdley & Lincoln on penultimate day of #coops14. We're into the final push.
    CooperativesUK @CooperativesUK1 hour ago

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The co-operative economy

The UK co-operative sector is a dynamic, diverse and high performing part of the UK’s economy.

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What is a co-operative?

"Not only is FC a great club but it’s mine. Along with thousands of fellow fans, I’m a part owner of my team."
John Connolly, fan and owner, FC United

The co-operative economy in the UK

The number of independent co-operatives in the UK

Co-operatives contribute £37 billion to the British economy

Together, 15 million people own the UK's co-operatives

Turnover and number of co-operatives

  Number of Co-operatives Turnover (Millions)
Agriculture 621 £6,200
Housing 619 £500
Retail 416 £26,100
Sports & leisure 2,759 £900
Social care and childcare 111 £60
Energy 174 £260
Creative Industries 221 £26