Cooperative capital for communities
Information for communities
Cooperatives are businesses owned and run for and by their members. The members are the people who benefit, such as customers, employees or local residents. Coops give their members an equal say and share of the profits, and they act together for the common good.
Big coops, small coops
Set up your own coop
The Council wants more people to set up coops and other social enterprises, because they give local people more of a say and they can help to make communities stronger and better off.
If you would like to find out about setting up a cooperative or social enterprise, there are several places you can get advice, support and funding. See the enterprise websites below.
You can also download a guide to starting a cooperative or social enterprise on the Cooperatives UK website.