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.
Benefits of membership
We exist to meet our member needs, we’ve been supporting organisations like yours for 150 years. Find out how to become a member.
Support for your co‑op
As the network for the UK's thousands of co-operative businesses, we provide support in HR, culture, governance, finance, marketing, membership strategy and co-operative development. Browse our extensive library of online resources, blogs and…
Our contact package provides access to the best support from leading advisers on co-op governance, finance, HR and membership.
Start a new co‑op
Looking to start a co‑op? Here you can access a step by step guide to starting a co‑op and register your co‑op with our online registration tool. You can apply for business support to get your new start-up off the ground in the best way possible. And…
Guide to co-ops
Read our handy guide, which explains in simple terms what a co‑op is (and why they're so great).
Co-op Retail Conference 2023: Reflecting on an inspiring weekend of learning and making connections
Content by Co-op Retail Conference
The 2023 Co-op Retail Conference – provided a fantastic learning, development and networking opportunity, examining some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the sector. A big thank you…
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Our response to Spring Budget 2023
From a co-operative perspective, the week’s Budget included vital support for community organisations struggling with high energy bills. But we are struck by the missed opportunities to try something…
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Beyond the Music: first tickets on sale as new global music conference and festival launches
First details of live music and conference announced, including co-operative membership plans, artist discovery programme and epic rooftop gig series.
16 days ago
Co-operatives UK lobbies government to offer tax relief on worker buyouts
The trade body for co-operatives is calling for worker co-op buyouts to enjoy the same tax breaks as employee ownership trust (EOT) buyouts.
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How many co-ops are there?
- 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
Programmes to support your co-op
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Apply for support from the Hive
Support for new co-ops, with advice, training and mentoring
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Find out more about Community Shares
For community owned organisations looking to raise funds through community shares
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Find out more about platform co-ops
For tech founders and start ups looking for a different way to run digital platforms
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Find out more about the Ownership Hub
The Ownership Hub
Developing a fairer and more resilient regional economy by supporting more worker and employee ownership