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Co‑operatives UK is the voice for the UK’s thousands of independent co‑ops.

We support co‑ops to start up and thrive – join us to access expert advice, events and training. Find out what a co‑op actually is and how we can help.

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Co-op Economy 2020 figures

  • The UK’s 7,063 independent co-ops employ 241,714 people 
  • Over 14 million members own and have a say in how the nation's co-ops operate
  • Co-ops contribute £38.2 billion to the UK economy
  • 76% of co-op start-ups are still flourishing after the difficult first five years
  • Just 42% of new companies make it through to the end of year five
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Programmes to support your co-op

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The Hive

Support for new co-ops, with advice, training and mentoring

Apply for support from the Hive
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Community Shares

For community owned organisations looking to raise funds through community shares

Find out more about Community Shares
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UnFound

For tech founders and start ups looking for a different way to run digital platforms

Find out more about platform co-ops
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The Ownership Hub

Developing a fairer and more resilient regional economy by supporting more worker and employee ownership

Find out more about the Ownership Hub