About Co-operatives UK

What is Co-operatives UK?

Co-operatives UK is a network of thousands of co-operatives. We are owned and controlled by our members, who are member-owned organisations. 

Alongside our members, we work consistently and proactively to grow the co-operative economy by promoting, developing and uniting co-operatives.

Our vision is to build a better world through co-operation.

Our mission is to grow the co-operative economy in the UK.


How do we do this?

We promote co-ops by lobbying policy makers and raising awareness of co-ops to the public through our campaigning activities.

We develop co-ops by providing specialist advice to co-operative businesses, and securing funding to support the sector to grow and thrive.

We unite co-ops by organising national events, local workshops and networking sessions so co-ops can connect, learn and do business together.


Co-operatives UK, is:

  • A Mindful employer
  • A Living wage employer
  • Disability Confident employer
  • We offer a range of employee benefits, including flexible working & family friendly policies

We believe that encouraging Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is important in everything that we do and we are working together to make our workplace culture as inclusive as possible, including through shared conversations and listening to each others' varied experiences. We work in squads to ensure that the right people are involved in everything that we do and everyone is actively encouraged to join squads in areas that they feel they can contribute to or that interest or enthuse them. One of our squads concentrates exclusively on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; it's a massive topic and we don't claim to have all the answers but we're determined to work together to make real change. 

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