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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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Policy Blog #21: Economic democracy for all?

Community ownership has been one of the biggest democratising forces in our economy, from farming to football. The UK government’s new Community Ownership Fund could help spread the benefits further, including into more disadvantaged and marginalised…

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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