Co-operatives offer a solution to people who wish to improve their economic or social wellbeing, and that of the community they live in, by collaborating with other individuals with similar aims or desires. They also offer people a real say in their community or workplace and how it is managed.
Individuals who would otherwise not have the resources to establish a business can set up a co-operative enterprise where they share ownership and can exercise democratic control in the workplace.
A group of workers can collaborate to purchase the business in which they work if the owner wishes to retire or sell the business for other reasons.
Members of a community lacking services can use their bulk purchasing power to provide those services to themselves. Similarly, normally expensive commodities can be made more affordable by provision based on shared need rather than profit.