Press release

Join us in creating a Co-operation Nation

The Co-op Fortnight 2019 campaign is launched today (22 Nov) to a packed room of delegates at the annual Practitioners Forum.

Taking place from 24 June to 7 July 2019, the Co-op Fortnight campaign aims to inspire tens of thousands of people up and down the country – co-op members, customers, suppliers, friends, family and communities – to join together in two weeks of mass co-operation to spread the co-op word, sharing the values that make our businesses different. 

The campaign will kickstart a chain reaction from co-op to co-op, from the Highlands of Scotland to the Channel Islands – from energy co-op to credit union and every member-owned business in between. During the two week summer campaign, co-ops will carry out an act of co-operation, post a photo or video on social media and nominate another co-op using the hastag #CoopFortnight, who does the same. 

"From community clean ups, to collecting donations for a local food bank or opening up your business to educate people about co-ops. What practical ways can your co-op involve people working together in co-operation? Can you set a target for the number of bags of litter, families fed or people you teach? Together we'll show everyone why co-operation is what the world needs right now." Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co-operatives UK

For the first time, co-ops are being asked to pledge to take part by completing a quick online form, with a rough idea of what they plan to do. This will allow Co-operatives UK, which co-ordinates the campaign on behalf of its members, to total up the number of participants and create national and regional press releases featuring the most interesting and inspiring events. 

"We want to capture people’s attention and to do this we need to paint a picture of the sheer number of people joining our call for a Co-operation Nation. Even if it’s just a seed of an idea for now, tell us your plans and we’ll use this information to promote the campaign, and your activity, up to and during Co-op Fortnight."  Wendy Carter, Head of Communications and Marketing, Co-operatives UK

Find out more about the campaign and to pledge to take part.

Co-operatives Fortnight is organised by Co-operatives UK, sponsored by some of the UK’s largest co-operatives and brought to life by co-ops across the UK.