Cooperative capital for professionals

Information for professionals

We want Edinburgh to become a Cooperative Capital where communities are much more involved in planning, managing and delivering services.

This approach will give local people a greater sense of choice and control over the public services they use.

The aim is to provide quality services that meet the needs of our citizens and businesses in the face of bigger service demands and less funding.

Our framework

We have set up a framework with six areas for action, which you can download below. For the first area, Cooperative Societies, we are working with city communities to deliver new energy, housing, childcare and social care cooperatives. The other five areas are about making the Council more cooperative in the rest of its work.

Working with other public bodies

The Council is a member of the Cooperative Council Innovation Network and shares good practice with other Councils in the network.

The Council has also entered into an agreement with Scottish Enterprise and the Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC) to assist the formation of new cooperative businesses in the city. The agreement can be downloaded from the link below.

Read about our progress

You can download our recent progress reports below. There are also case studies which give examples of how the Cooperative Capital has been implemented.

What the Council Leader says

Here you can watch a short video about Cooperative Capital.


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