The co-operative sector’s national campaign, Co-operatives Fortnight, has played host to a multitude of co-operative events and activities for the past two weeks. It was a peak of activity during the International Year of Co-operatives and a time when co-operatives across the UK demonstrated how co-operative businesses are providing alternatives to austerity and kick starting a new economy.
From hundreds of events across the country and the launch of the co-operative sector’s first mobile app to widespread media coverage of the co-operative sector's performance, a four page Financial Times supplement and three government announcements, Co-operatives Fortnight 2012 highlighted the performance and ethics of co-operative business.
Here, in numbers, are some highlights:
3 – the number of government announcements on co-operatives and mutuals during Co-operatives Fortnight
4 – the number of pages in the Financial Times supplement to mark the International Year of Co-operatives
6 – the number of slots on BBC Breakfast on 28 June
19.5 – the percentage growth of the UK co-operative sector since 2008
25 – the number of pieces of positive national media coverage of the co-operative sector during the Fortnight
45 – the number of events run by The Midcounties Co-operative during Co-operatives Fortnight
50 – the number of community shops that celebrated during Co-operatives Fortnight
425 – the number of miles covered by Lincolnshire Co-operative staff during their Co-operatives Fortnight relay
14,000 – the number of outlets on the Co-operate app
4,500 – the number of Co-operative stores that received ‘Co-operatives make the world smile’ packs
£35.6 billion – turnover of the UK co-operative economy 2012
Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK said:
“Co-operatives Fortnight has once again been fourteen days of activism and engagement. Through the help of our sponsors and the activities of co-operatives, their members and supporters across the country, millions of people have had the chance to see how co-operatives help build a stronger, ethical economy.
“At a time when people are searching for alternatives to austerity, co-operatives are outperforming the wider economy and providing a successful and fair approach to business. From local and regional events to a four page Financial Times supplement, Co-operatives Fortnight has showcased the resilience of co-operative business.”