What is a co-op
Many of us have heard of co-ops, but do you actually know what one is? Spoiler alert: they are not just high street convenience stores, although those are the most well-known type of co-op.
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…
Start a new co-op
Content by The Hive
This section takes you through the start-up process for setting up a co-op.
Keep track of where you're up to, and look out for sign-posts if you need more support along the way. Finally make sure you use our quick and easy to use registration form…
Give a Little Something
As businesses and families are hit by the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, retail co-ops across the UK are working together to support food banks and campaign against food injustice. Find out how you can support and #GiveALittleSomething
More Than a Shop podcast episodes
Content by More than a Shop
The More Than a Shop podcast explores how people power and co-operation can tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society.
Understanding a maturing community shares market – new report
Content by Community Shares
Less than 10 years ago, community shares were almost unheard of. Yet since 2012, £155 million has been raised by 104,203 people supporting more than 440 vital businesses – an impressive 92% of which are still trading.
- 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
Programmes to support your co-op
Support for new co-ops, with advice, training and mentoring
For community owned organisations looking to raise funds through community shares
For tech founders and start ups looking for a different way to run digital platforms
The Ownership Hub
Developing a fairer and more resilient regional economy by supporting more worker and employee ownership