The Co-op Economy 2019

The Co-op Economy is the nation’s only comprehensive report on the UK’s co‑operative sector. It reveals turnover, membership and employee figures for thousands of co‑op businesses across the UK. The 2019 report reveals:

  • Fewer co-ops are doing more business, with overall turnover of the UK’s co-operative sector up to £37.7 billion - an increase of £400m on the previous year 
  • A slight decline in the total number of co-ops dropping by 51 to 7,215
  • The co-operative model remains resilient, with almost three out of four co-op start-ups (72%) still flourishing after the difficult first five years of existence compared to 43% of companies 
  • The UK’s 7,215 independent co-ops employ 233,733 people and have 13.7 million members who own and have a say in how the nation's co-ops operate
  • The top three most co-operative places are in the Scottish Isles, and the most co-operative region is the north east


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