Benefits of membership

Owned and run by a network of co-operative businesses, we work with and for co-operatives like yours every day. Whether lobbying for the co-operative model, providing hands-on advice or facilitating unique events, Co-operatives UK is the home for co-operatives large and small.

“The training and events programme is excellent. I particularly valued the worker co-op HR Forum." Steve Kirk, Infinity Foods

Why join Co-operatives UK?

Specialist support

By joining Co-operatives UK you gain access to a wealth of online information and advice in addition to discounts on further advice and training. 

Membership will give you:

  • Access to a suite of guides and resources to help you run your co-operative, from factsheets and films to online forums where you can talk to peers and advisors
  • Access to our programme of development webinars and discounted professional development training sessions
  • A 20% discount on tailored advice and consultancy from our dedicated team of experts in co-operative governance, membership and HR

"Co-operatives UK provided tremendous support in our recent, ground-breaking conversion to a Community Benefit Society. The team guided us through the complex legal challenges extremely efficiently, and the Microgenius platform was critical in enabling us to far exceed our expectations for the launch of our Community Shares. The Co-operatives UK team has been a major contributor to an amazing success story." Simon Opie, Chief Executive, Hastings Pier

A unique network

By joining Co-operatives UK you join a unique network of businesses like yours that you can connect, learn and do business with.

Membership will give you:

  • Access to regional business contacts at the free Co-op Connections networking/coaching events around the country, or start member interest groups to share best pratice
  • Priority booking, and a 20% discount, on tickets for our major events which offer unrivalled networking and professional development opportunities
  • Help shape Co-operatives UK’s priorities (as members you 'own' Co-operatives UK) and support our work to grow the co-operative economy

"The Co-operatives UK events have really helped me feel a part of a worldwide movement - something that can be lost when running a business day-to-day." Richard Livings, Fair Tax Mark

National voice: 

By joining the UK's network of co-operatives you can shape and support our campaigns to put co-operatives on a level playing field with other businesses and to increase understanding of the benefits of cooperative ownership. 

Membership will give you:

  • The chance to feed into and participate in our lobbying and media to raise awareness of co-operatives and make it as easy to start and run a co-op as any other business
  • Access to materials and resources to help you tell your co-operative’s story to your staff, members and wider public
  • Opportunities to influence and support our unique research programme of benchmark reports, insights and analysis

"Good work promoting awareness of the cooperative movement, and helping to establish it within the legal framework of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014." Chris Davey Postlip Housing Association

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