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A co-operative is owned, controlled and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.

Co-operatives are people-centred and by working together those involved realise their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations.

Co-operatives bring people together in a democratic and equal way.

There are 5 key types of co-operatives:

  • Consumer: owned by consumers who buy goods or services from their cooperative
  • Producer: owned by producers of commodities or crafts who have joined forces to process and market their products
  • Worker: owned and democratically governed by employees who become co-op members
  • Purchasing: owned by independent businesses to improve their purchasing power
  • Hybrid: a combination of co-op types, where people with common interests band together.


There are over 7,000 independent co-operatives across the UK. Co-op Food is the largest food retail co-op in the UK.
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