Research reports, statistical summaries, pioneering open data sets

We compile and analyse data on thousands of co-operative businesses across the UK to better inform our work to promote, develop and unite the sector. We aim to conduct and collaborate in research projects to ensure a robust analytic framework for implementing policy and practice.

Our annual report The Co-operative Economy provides a sector overview for the UK. We provide all our data as open data which you can access here.

Co-operatives UK is the home of UK co-operative statistics. We collate turnover, membership, employee figures, and more for thousands of co‑op businesses and create the nation's only comprehensive report on the UK's co-operative sector. To find out more about how we collect data click here.

Our data has been described as a global 'gold standard' in an International Labour Organisation report on the use of co-operative statistics in policy making.

Using the sections below you can access our knowledge bank of data, reports and resources.