Our members receive many advantages by being a member of a co-operative business.
Fair Financial Support
The Derbyshire Community Bank supports people to manage their finances and not get into debt through a credit union model, further information on this link. https://www.dcbank.org.uk
50% of customer owned retailers are investing twice as much of their profit in local areas compared to their competitors.
There is a social advantage through linking vulnerable people who are isolated, disabled or in need of support by working together and offering solutions, through employment, volunteering and community initiatives.
Over 100,000 Co-operative colleagues across the UK volunteered in their local communities.
Co-operative Sector Resilience
The Co-operatives UK's 2017 Economy report reveals the UK's Co-op economy has a collective turnover of £35.7bn.
Co-operative Member Voice
Give a voice to your sector which is important to the economy. We provide a platform for employee-owned businesses and also provide access to a network of employers to learn from in your area.
Fairtrade is the Co-op Way
Fairtrade has the ability to change lives and farmers and workers report that fair-trade is the most effective scheme for them as they are given a fair chance to take the responsibility for their own futures.
Increasing influence with Global Policy Makers
Through the International Co-operative Alliance members can influence global policy makers to - Blueprint for a Co-operative decade
Co-operative ToolKit - Do it ourselves
Input and ideas from over 550 co-operatives. This is a creative tool to discover what you and your organisation can do to create a more participative economy.
CO-OPERATIVE WORKING MAKES THE COMMUNITY
Jenny de Villiers
Co-ops East Midlands Secretary
Co-operatives East Midlands is "an unincorporated association".