Whether a large retailer like the Co-op Group supermarket, your local co-op pub or The Phone Co-op: co-operatives are successful business model. Do you know there are approximately 7,000 independent co-operatives across the UK? Together they contribute more than £34 billion to the British economy.
Often they look like any other business. What makes co-operatives unique is that they are run not by institutional investors or distant shareholders, but by their members. People like you and me – customers, employees, residents, farmers, artists, taxi drivers...
As businesses owned and run by their members, co-operatives offer a solution to the growing sense of powerlessness people feel over
We put co-operative principles into practice through
We believe that the co-operative business model can help build a fairer and more sustainable society for everyone.
For over 150 years, co-operatives have been showing the world there is a different way of doing business, whether the industry is housing, finance or transport.
"The Rochdale Pioneers would not
In 1844 the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society was established and opened a store selling good food at fair prices and using honest weights and measures. This was the beginning of the co-operative business revolution now known as the co-operative movement which includes a billion co-operators and 1.4 million co-operative societies across the world.
A different way of doing business