About Co-operatives UK

The network for Britain’s thousands of co-operative businesses, Co-operatives UK works to promote, develop and unite member-owned businesses worth more than £37 billion to the British economy.

Co-operatives UK is a network of thousands of businesses across the country that are owned and run by their members, whether customers, employees or local residents.

Our mission is to grow the co-operative economy and together we work to promote, develop and unite co-operatives across all sectors, from major high street retailers and large agricultural businesses to community owned pubs and credit unions.

Co-operatives give people a say over the places where they live, work and shop. Together they point to a new economy over which people have ownership and influence.

What do we do together?

Promote co-operatives: Lead lobbying work and campaigns to promote co-operatives to decision-makers and the wider public, in order to create a level playing field for the start-up and growth of co-operative businesses.

Develop co-operatives: Deliver specialist governance, secretariat and legal advice services to help members run their co-operative businesses, from simple online factsheets and guidance through to tailored support and training.

Unite co-operatives: Organise high profile national events for co-operatives and facilitate networks and workshops to enable co-operatives to connect, learn and do business with one another.

Owned and run by its co-operative members, Co-operatives UK connects thousands of businesses that are giving people more control over the things that matter to them.

Learn more about membership for your co-operative.