Co-op News is a news website and monthly magazine about co-operatives around the world.
Co-ops are organisations that are owned by their members. There are 3 million co-ops around the world with 1.2 billion members.
In the UK alone, over 7,100 co-ops contribute £37.7bn to the economy.
Co-ops are part of a global movement as well as a type of business. Co-op News is based in the UK, but its mission statement is to connect, champion and challenge the global co-operative movement, through fair and objective journalism and open and honest comment and debate.
Established in 1871, Co-op News is published by Co-operative Press Ltd, an independent registered co-operative society. It is registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 as a bona fide co-operative, registration IP 1585R.
Membership of Co-operative Press is open to individual readers as well as to other co-operatives, corporate bodies and unincorporated organisations.
Our board is comprised of eight directors, who are representative of corporate members and one seat for individual members. Our directors are:
Elaine Dean (chair) – elected by and from organisational members
David Paterson (vice-chair) – elected by and from organisational members
Vicky Green – elected by and from organisational members
Shaz Rahman – elected by and from individual members
Phil Hartwell – appointed by Co-operatives UK
Lesley Reznicek – appointed by the Co-op Group
Beverley Perkins – appointed by the Co-op Group
Sofygil Crew – appointed by the Co-op Group
Tim Hartley – co-opted
Gillian Lonergan – co-opted
The secretary is Richard Bickle: [email protected].
We have worked with Co-operatives UK, the Co-operative College and Co-operative Heritage Trust to produce a helpful introductory guide to co-operatives and a welcome guide for new co-op members, workers and employees. Download them here!