Worker Co-op Weekend 2017

The Worker Co-op Weekend, hosted by Co-operatives UK is aimed at worker co-operatives to help them learn, share and be inspired by one another. The programme is made up of practical sessions designed and run by worker co-ops and covers a range of topics. In 2017 the event will take place at: Foundry Adventure Centre, Derbyshire.

Key elements to the Worker Co-op Weekend:

  • Designed and run by worker co-ops for worker co-ops
  • Food sourced from co-operatives like Essential and Suma, with bread from Infinity, beer from Bartlebys Brewery and veg from Unicorn Grocery
  • Vegan friendly catering
  • Camping and campfires

This is a low cost back-to-basics event, so bring your tent or book early to get one of the limited dormitory or private rooms available (bring your own bedding/sleeping bag). 

Pricing (member price)

Camping £60+VAT
Dormitory £78+VAT
Day ticket £24+VAT


As an event planned by worker co-operatives for worker co-operatives you can still get involved in the programme. Join the conversation here.


16.00 - 18.00 Induction session for new worker co-op people
16.00 - 18.00 Your Co-operative Legacy (Concern for the Global Community and the Worker Co-operative Archive)
19.30 - 20.30 Evening meal
20.30 - 21.30 Principle Six: Turning good contacts into good contracts - an icebreaker and opportunity to help each others co-operative businesses flourish


9.00 - 10.00 Breakfast
10.00 - 11.00 Welcome and warm-up
11.00 - 13.00

  • Workshop one: Creating Co-tech, practical ways to collaborate between co-ops
  • Workshop two: Building co-op teams, Leading Lives with over 400 workers share their experiances of building a co-operative culture and teams.
  • Workshop three: Workers and communities take over in Greece and beyond, Liam

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 16.00

  • Workshop one: What Suma gets wrong. Suma is one of the largest and most succesful worker co-ops, but it doesn't always get things right. This session will look at the inner workings of Suma.
  • Workshop two: Co-op Campaigning. Small Axe and Blake House will look at trends in campaigning and how to build awareness and action around issues important to worker co-ops
  • Workshop three: What place policy? James Wright, Co-operatives UK's Policy Officer, would like your views on how public policy helps or hinders the setting up and running of worker co-ops. This is an opportunity to influence Co-operatives UK's policy work to level the playing field for worker co-ops 

16.00 - 16.15 Break
16.15 - 17.30

  • Workshop one: Peak Oil, A discussin on future shocks to the economic system and how worker co-ops should respond.
  • Workshop two: Rojava & Bakur - The Institute for Solidarity Economics will give an update to growing a co-op economy in a Warzone.
  • Workshop three: Open space 

17.30 - 18:45 The politics of worker co-operation and how to grow the movement

18.45 19.15  Food and round-up of the day


9.30 - 10.00 Breakfast 
10.15 - 11.00 World Tour Of Worker Control - Co-ops Travel Stories
11.00 - 13.00 Turning ideas into actions - an opportunity to work on new or ongoing initiatives such as the worker co-op solidarity fund
13.00 Lunch and close

Event details
Date and time
Friday, 5 May 2017 - 3:00pm to Sunday, 7 May 2017 - 1:00pm
Foundry Adventure Centre
The Old Playhouse
Great Hucklow
SK17 8RF
United Kingdom
Camping £60.00
More information
Contact John Atherton
0161 214 1765
Updated: 27/04/2017