Below are a selection of guides and links on how to set up different kinds of co-operatives as well as some of the organisations that can help you do that. If you have suggestions on things which could be added, please contact us.

Co-operatives generally

Co-operative identity, values & principles – the basis for the principles on which co-operatives around the world operate to this day.

Developing and starting a co-op – A series of guides from Co-operatives UK

Simply START-UP – A guide to the process of starting a Co-operative or Community Enterprise

From conflict to co-operation – The series aims to help community enterprises not only to deal with conflict when it arises (Booklet 1), but also avoid unnecessary conflict by:

Workers’ co-operatives

How to set up a Workers’ Co-op – comprehensive guide produced by Radical Routes

Setting up a Workers’ Co-op – 4 page short guide by Seeds for Change

The worker co-operative code – Written by Co-operatives UK’s Worker Co-operative Council.

Workers’ co-operative Facebook page – A place to share news about workers’ co-ops.

World Declaration on Worker Cooperatives – Approved by the ICA General Assembly in Cartagena, Columbia, 23rd September 2005.

A short history of co-operatives in the UK by Molly Scott Cato

The International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and Service Producers’ Cooperatives, or CICOPA – the international organisation representing workers’ co-operatives

Housing co-operatives

How to set up a Housing Co-op – comprehensive guide produced by Radical Routes

Co-operative Housing in Brighton & Hove (CHIBAH) – a network of co-operatives that promotes  co-operative housing in Brighton and Hove.

The Confederation for Co-operative Housing – national organisation that promotes housing co-operatives

Radical Routes Housing Co-operatives – national organisation that promotes and supports housing and workers’ co-operatives

Food co-operatives

Food Co-ops Toolkit – a simple and comprehensive guide to setting up food co-ops – produced by SustainWeb

Food co-ops website

Energy co-operatives / Community energy

Community Energy – A guide aimed at local groups who are interested in setting up a community energy project. (produced by UK Gov)

The Rough Guide to Community Energy

Brighton Energy Co-op: An Innovation History – Report prepared by Sabine Hielscher on behalf of the Community Innovation for Sustainable Energy research team

Community Energy Coalition

Care co-operatives

Story of Sunderland Home Care Associates and how it became a co-operative

Land co-operatives / Community Land trusts

Ecological Land Co-operative

Community Land Trust Network

Community Land Trust wikipedia page

Multi-stakeholder co-operatives

FairShares Association


Multistakeholder Co-operative (Somerset Rules)

Multi-stakeholder Co-operative Model Rules– by Co-operatives UK

The Great Promise of Multi-stakeholder Cooperatives – short article on multi-stakeholder co-operatives

Co-op Development/consultancy Bodies/Professionals

South East Co-operative Support

Co-operative Business Consultants (CBC)


Co-operative Assistance Network

Dave Boyle

Mike Aiken

SE Assist

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