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. Read our most recent Impact Report to discover what we achieved, alongside our members, in 2014. You can also watch a short video covering last year's highlights.