This Co-op Fortnight we're celebrating how co‑operatives offer an altogether different way to do business, to support communities and people.
What is a co-op?
Many of us have heard of co-ops, but do you actually know what one is? High street convenience stores are the most well-known type of co-op here in the UK, but they're not the only type of co-op.
A co-op is a business or organisation that’s owned and controlled by its members, to meet their shared needs. The members can be its customers, employees, residents or suppliers, who have a say in how the co-op is run. Find out more >>
Read stories about how co‑operatives offer an altogether different way to do business; to support communities; and to support people:
Co-op Fortnight: Co-op Fortnight championing a different way to do business
Central Co-op: Make a choice to make a difference: Adding quality coffee or nuts to your shop can help improve the livelihoods of global communities
Co-operative Development Scotland: Why co-ops are an altogether different way of doing business and setting one up could be transformational, featuring Greencity Wholefoods, Isle of Eigg Brewery, New Leaf Co-op and Granite Care Consortium.
- Manchester: The youth of Manchester find their voice and the world is listening
- Edinburgh: Bins and park benches: The teenager who is helping to make Springburn a great place to live
- Bristol: Cuppa and a natter: Funeral director's simple kindness helps bolster support network for the bereaved
East of England Co-operative:
- Colchester Kings RFC: “Kings will always be a safe inclusive space for queer people and their allies to join in team sport”
- Future Female Society: “We are creating a community of women, raising them up and nurturing them - we cup them in our hands until they are ready to fly”
- Friendship at Home: Older people get a helping hand and listening ear to combat isolation and loneliness and improve their quality of life
- Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust: The woodland farm project which is transforming people's lives in Lincolnshire
- Birmingham: Miss Macaroon, Little Pioneers and more: How Midcounties Co-operative champions change
- Wilshire: Midcounties Co-operative uses its power to help tackle climate change
- Gloucestershire: Midcounties Co-operative uses its power to help tackle climate change
Co-op Fortnight has been featured in Belfast, Bristol, Cambridge, Cheshire, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Essex, Gloucestershire, Grimsby, Hertfordshire, Hull, Kent, Leicester, Lincolnshire, North Wales, Nottingham, Plymouth, Reading, Somerset, Staffordshire, Stoke, Surrey, Teeside, Wales (national).
Get involved with Co-op Fortnight
Co‑op Fortnight takes place Monday 19 June to Sunday 2 July and we need co-operatives to come together to make this our most powerful Co-op Fortnight campaign to date. Get involved >>