Every year, hundreds of co‑ops and organisations across the UK work together to celebrate and promote co‑ops during Co‑op Fortnight.
What is Co-op Fortnight?
Originally launched in 2010, Co-op Fortnight has gone from strength to strength.
Co-op Fortnight is organised by Co-operatives UK and is then brought to life through events and sharing stories about the power of co‑operation via social media.
This year we want to tell inspiring stories that show how co-ops are making a difference to people, to communities and the wider economy.
Co‑op Fortnight takes place from Monday 19 June to Sunday 2 July, with the International Day of Co-ops taking place on Saturday 1 July.
Co-op Fortnight 2023
This year we're asking co-ops of all shapes and sizes to come together and tell the world how co-operatives are altogether different! Get involved with Co-op Fortnight.
Recent campaign themes
- In 2022, we invited people to #UnwrapCoops by submitting interesting testimonials about what made them love co-ops and being part of a co-op. Working with Blakehouse Productions and Calverts we turned people's words in to individual pieces of art and gifs for social media. We also encouraged people to share their own messages during Co-op Fortnight.
- In 2021, the theme was #JoinACoop. The Covid‑19 pandemic forced us to rethink how we do things – as a society, as businesses, organisations and individuals. And co‑ops proved to be a resilient, unifying force during this time. So we spread the word about the benefits of membership and called for people across the UK to #JoinACoop.
- In 2020, we encouraged people to #KeepCooperating, as we witnessed the emergence of a new culture of co-operation in everyday behaviour due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We used this to raise awareness of co‑ops, their values and their potential to change society for the better as we rebuild. Watch our film below.
- In 2019 we called for people to join forces for two weeks of mass co-operation. Co-ops worked together to protect community spaces, hold cooking and gardening activities, host celebrations and spread acts of kindness in their communities.
- In 2018 we celebrated the difference co-ops make across the UK, published The Co-op Economy Report, which revealed co-ops are twice as likely to survive the difficult first five years compared to other businesses, and produced the short film Co-operate.