Published: 16th Sep 2019

Rural communities including the Scottish islands and Cumbria are the ‘most co-operative’ places in the UK, according to a new report. The list of most co-operative places forms part of the Co-op Economy report – which examines of the co-operative sector across the UK. Produced by trade body Co-operatives UK, it reveals that the nation’s 7,215 co-ops have a turnover of more than £37.7bn, up £400m on the previous year. And more than 13 million members of co-ops own and have a say in how these businesses operate. The report also finds that co-operative business model remains resilient, with almost three out of four co-op start-ups (72%) still flourishing after the difficult first five years of existence. The top three most co-operative places are in the Scottish Isles, and the most co-operative region is the North East, according to the report. The report highlights the work of Papay Community Co-operative which … (To read the full article, subscribe below)