Press release

Co-operatives Fortnight 2017 – it’s time to co-operate

After a year of conflict and division, it’s time to co-operate. For Co-operatives Fortnight 2017 – which runs from 17 June to 1 July – people across the country will be asked to share stories of how working together has made a difference.

Co-operatives Fortnight is the co-operative sector’s national campaign, a two week period when co-ops of all shapes and sizes take the opportunity to promote being a co-op.

For this year’s activity, supporters of co-operatives will be asking their staff, members, customers and friends, to share their stories of co-operation. The stories will be shared on social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using a shared hashtag – #coopstories – and automatically fed into a UK-wide website packed with inspiring stories.

A range of materials are available on the Co-operatives Fortnight website for individuals and co-operatives join in the campaign, including logos, standard wording, a toolkit for getting involved and a series of images. 

 Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, said: “We need co-operation and inspiration more than ever. So for this year’s Co-operatives Fortnight we’re asking people to join us in sharing their inspiring story of co-operation.

“From the impact of thousands of people supporting Fairtrade to volunteers at a local sports club to locals clubbing together to save their pub from closure, there are countless of examples of how working together makes a difference. Let’s share these stories this Co-operatives Fortnight and inspire people to do things differently.”

Visit the Co-operatives Fortnight website to learn more, download resources and join in.

Co-operatives Fortnight is organised by Co-operatives UK, sponsored generously by some of the UK’s most successful co-operatives and brought to life by co-ops across the UK.Co-operatives Fortnight 2017 is sponsored by Central England Co-operative, Channel Islands Co-operative Society, Chelmsford Star Co-operative, East of England Co-operative Society, Lincolnshire Co-operative, Scotmid, The Southern Co-operative and The Co-operative Group.