Young Co-operators Prize

Because they give you a say over your work.

Co-operatives are businesses owned and run by people like you, not driven by the whims of the stock market. Whether a co-operative benefits its workers, customers or members of the community, they give their members an equal say over what the business does, as well as an equal share of the profits.

Co-operatives exist in all sectors of the economy and bring democracy and equality back into the workplace. They also aim to have a positive impact on their environment and community and act together to create a more sustainable and equal world.

The Co-operative Principles

In the UK, co-operatives are not defined by their legal structure but their commitment to the seven Co-operative Principles:

  1. Open and voluntary membership
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Member economic participation
  4. Independence and autonomy
  5. Education, training and information
  6. Co-operation among co-operatives
  7. Concern for the community

There are over 6,000 co-operatives in the UK.  Find out more.

Case Studies

  • Bootstrap Artisans

    By taking over a disused factory, Bootstrap Artisans want to enable creatives from a variety of disciplines to make, learn and grow together.

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  • Bristol Cable

    An innovative new media co-op redefining the way local media works by making it more participatory, democratic and diverse.

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  • Broken Spoke

    A combined bike shop and educational space empowering people with the parts and skills they need to maintain and fix their own bikes.

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One billion people are members of co-operatives worldwide.