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Types of Co-operative

Co-operatives can be classified in many ways, for the purposes of membership we classify co-operatives by their ownership structure. For more information on our Co-operative Identity policy please click here.

Using co-operative values to reach the post-crisis generations

Download the Very People's presentation at the Co-operative Congress 2011.


Co-operatives and the wealth of nations

Contained here is John Restakis' full lecture Co-operation and the Wealth of Nations, given as part of Co-operatives Fortnight 2011.

The co-operative economy 2011

The UK co-operative economy 2011 offers a unique assessment of a growing sector – which, because it is mutually-owned rather than stock market listed, traditionally tends to be neglected by market analysts and the financial press. Drawing on published accounts for co-operatives, the conclusion is clear: the UK is beginning to co-operate once again.


Co-operatives United

Co-operatives United is an inspiring global festival of events and exhibitions set in Manchester, UK, to mark the close of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives.

Time to get serious: International lessons for developing public service mutuals

In the context of the UK Coalition Government’s policies to promote public service mutuals, Time to get serious: international lessons for developing public service mutuals examines the experience in Spain, Italy and Sweden. It identifies some key factors for success, learning lessons and questions that are relevant for the development of new co-operative models in the UK.


Midshires Clothing

Midshires Clothing, is a worker Co-operative, providing quality garment manufacturing, embellishment and alteration services in the UK, primarily to the co-operative, education, work wear and healthcare sectors.


Creative Co-operatives factsheets

To complement our guide to starting a co-operative in the creative industries, we've produced a series of at-a-glance factsheets covering various aspects of setting up.

Co-operative rail: a radical solution

This report by rail expert Christian Wolmar investigates how the co-operative model could help the railway industry.

Good business - new market research into co-operatives

How people at large view co-operatives is a key factor in the business environment, whether for attracting staff, customers or members. Good business? Public perceptions of co-operation outlines the key findings from market research into public perceptions of co-operatives.



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