There are over 7000 independent co-operatives and over 13 million members of co-operatives in the UK. This workshop will explore this vast co-operative economy and allow your organisation to reflect on its place within it.

Who is it for?

This workshop is for you if you...

  • want to learn more about co-operatives in the UK
  • are thinking of joining a co-operative
  • currently work in a co-operative and are wondering how your organisation fits in in the wider landscape of co-operatives across the UK
  • are looking for ways to collaborate more effectively with other UK co-operatives

What will I learn?

On completion of this workshop you will be able to...

  • outline the key aspects of the UK co-operative economy, including its size, make-up, and impact.
  • explain the relationship between your co-operative and other organisations within the co-operative sector in the UK.
  • explain how your co-operative demonstrates Principle Six – Co-operation amongst Co-operatives.
  • how the co-operative sector is different from other sectors in the wider economy and society.
  • identify and explain the role of key organisations within the co-operative sector including Co-operatives UK, the Co-operative College, the Co-operative News and the Co-operative Federal Retail and Trading Services.

Meet the Tutor

Adrian Ashton has delivered training at the College for 10 years and brings a great deal of experience and success.

Adrian is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards related to his training, including the UK’s ‘best enterprise support and development consultant’ in global ACQ awards 2016 and awarded ‘best in sector’ for support to social enterprise by DealFeed International, 2014.

Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions that you'd like to ask about the course then our Learning and Development team are happy to help. Get in touch via the button below and one of the team will reply to your query ASAP.

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If the cost of this workshop is an issue for you or your organisation we welcome bursary applications - please find details here.

Member Discount

Individual and Organisational members are entitled to 15% off the price of a standard ticket for this course. Just enter the code at checkout.

Not an individual member? Join from as little as £4 per month. See more about our membership offer here.

Cancellation policy

Written notice of cancellations up to 21 days before an event will incur a 25% administration fee. After this time period, a 100% cancellation charge will apply. Substitutions (i.e. name changes) for the event booked can be made free of charge.

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