There has been a huge increase in co-operative enterprises
in the UK over the past two years, rising from 5,450 to almost 6,000.
"A well-run pub is an important part of the social fabric of a community and, enterprises such as this - operated by a general public concerned for community cohesion, accountability, transparency, and sustainability - are showing how, by working together, they can tackle some of the unprecedented challenges currently facing our society, environment and economy." There has been a near-10% increase in UK co-operative enterprises
over the past two years.
The number of co-operative enterprises
has increased by almost 10% to nearly 6,000 since 2010.
Michael Fairclough, a spokesman for the Co-op, which is supporting the scheme, said: "Projects like this show how communities can tackle challenges." The number of co-operative enterprises
has increased by almost 10 per cent to nearly 6,000 since 2010.
The UK is witnessing a resurgence in such community-led solutions with a near 9% increase in co-operative enterprises
to 5,933 in 2011, and a combined UK membership up by 5.5% to 13.5 million members.
Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co-operatives UK, points out that there are 328 million people around the world who own shares, but already more than a billion who are members of co-operative enterprises
. In the case of co-operatives-unlike co-owned businesses - members may include customers and suppliers, as well as employees.
"A significant proportion of our investment will be used to offer support, advice and training services to new and existing co-operative enterprises
including up to four days' free business advice..