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Co-operation now dominant force in global business ownership

New research shows co-operative member owners outnumber shareholders by three to one.

UK Co-operative sector

The UK co-operative sector is diverse and vibrant. There are 5,933 independent co-operative businesses in the UK, working in all parts of the economy.

What is a co-operative?

Co-operative businesses are owned and run by and for their members, whether they are customers, employees or residents.

As well as giving members an equal say and share of the profits, co-operatives act together to build a better world.

About co-operatives

From the outside, a co-operative may look like any other business. It’s what goes on inside that makes it different.

What is a co-operative leaflet

A short, simple, accessible guide to what a co-operative is, this is a slighlty updated version of the popular 'what is a co-operative leaflet' from two years ago. It cover the main elements of what co-operatives - sharing profits, owned by members, building a better world - and includes a simple co-operative health check.

Supporting 2012 websites

Co-operatives around the world, as well as in the UK, are celebrating how co-operatives build a better world. Take a look at websites from across the globe with dedicated 2012 content.

Ways to take part

The International Year of Co-operatives is a unique opportunity to increase understanding across the UK of how co-operatives build a better world.

Some surprising facts

Co-operatives are one of the world's best kept secrets. Here are twelve suprising facts for you to share.

We build a better world

There are over 1.4 million co-operatives in countries across the globe. They range from micro enterprises to businesses with tens of millions of members. Together they have a turnover of $1.1 trillion.

$64,000 question ....What is a Co-operative ?

Shelagh Everett of Co-operatives UK is visiting Minneapolis to attend the National Co-operative Business Association in the States 'The Power of Cooperative Principles' Conference. Here she gives us her first thoughts on the city.



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