I collated some info for the last worker co-operative council meeting (Co-operatives UK’s representative body for worker co-ops). I thought you might be interested in some of the figures.
This does come with a warning however: These are my own own calculations and not that of our specialists. These may not be the same as our official figures in the more rigorous annual report on the co-operative economy and don’t include large employee trust co-operatives like John Lewis (they just massively scew the figures by a few £bn).
This table does however give an indication of the split of worker co-ops by different industry sectors, which may be of interest.
|Food Retail & Wholesale||41||£74,398,944|
|Engineering and Technology||8||£30,947,437|
|Media and Communications||32||£4,544,368|
|Newspaper & Publishing||8||£4,302,618|
|Research and Consultancy||8||£2,871,121|
|Education, Employment and Training||40||£2,435,466|
|Health & Social Care||25||£1,103,153|
|Leisure and Tourism||11||£122,332|
Unfortunately as there is no specific worker co-op legal form and therefore regsiter, we only know figures for the worker co-ops that tell us and usually only from our members.
On the map below are all the worker co-ops we know about (and if their members). If you know about a worker co-op that isn’t on this list, let me know (it may well be classed as another type of co-op or we just don’t know it). A case in point is Northern Ireland and I don’t believe there are only 2 in the whole of Northern Ireland.
I’ve also llisted if their paid up member of Co-opertives UK. Membership is voluntary and the annual subscription may feel a lot for the smallest co-ops (£75), but the more members we have the stronger we all are.
If you want to tell me about a worker co-op not listed below, or help me recruit a non member to Co-operatives UK get in touch.
Also health warning about locations, due to the way “geocoding” is done business probably is not exactly where it says it is on the map and there will undboutly be errors, (first time i did 2 were suposedly in the US..)
View Worker Co-ops in the UK in a full screen map