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

John Lewis and Scotmid are big national coops that are well known.  Small local coops you may not have heard of are Harlow Hydro, the New Leaf Coop and graphics.coop.

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.

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