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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Our CEO reflects on 2021

Rose Marley summarises and reflects on what we have achieved together as a UK co-operative movement in 2021, her first year as CEO

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How many co-ops are there?
Co-op economy 2021 statistics

  • The UK’s 7,237 independent co-ops employ 250,128 people 
  • Co-ops contribute £39.7 billion to the UK economy
  • There are nearly 14 million memberships of co-ops. The members own and have a say in how the nation's co-ops operate
  • Co-ops proved four times less likely to cease trading during 2020
  • The UK co-op sector grew by £1.1 billion in 2020, despite the pandemic
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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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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