Press release

Co-operatives Fortnight gets underway!

Co-operatives across the country will begin two weeks of celebrations on Saturday 17 June for the annual Co-operatives Fortnight campaign

From farmer owned businesses to community run football clubs, co-ops of all shapes and sizes will be spending the fortnight creating and sharing stories of co-operation.

"Co-operatives Fortnight is a celebration of co-operation, of how working together helps us achieve more than we can alone." Ed Mayo, secretary General, Co-operatives UK

Whether it’s a group of artists creating more secure work for themselves by starting a co-op or a local community saving a valuable building by pooling their resources and buying it together, there are thousands of inspiring stories of co-operation.

For Co-operatives Fortnight, people are being asked to share their stories – why their co-op was started, how they have worked together to make a difference, the impact that people have when they co-operate.

Tell your co-op story in words and pictures and post links on social media using the hashtag #CoopStories. More inspiration, ideas and information here.

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, said: "Over the last year we have seen a Britain that is deeply divided on some of the biggest issues facing the country, whether it’s Brexit or the economy. Yet at the same time we have also seen people working together to help others under the most terrible of circumstances.

"Right now the spirit of co-operation is in action as people across London work together, giving their time, energy and money to help one another, just as we saw less than a fortnight ago in London, and in Manchester before that. Co-operatives Fortnight is a celebration of co-operation, of how working together helps us achieve more than we can alone.”