Co-operatives are democratically run organisations owned and controlled by their members to meet the needs of those members.

This type of inclusive business model creates strong, diverse and stable businesses generating shared wealth that put people and place on equal footing to profit.  Membership can be made up of employees, customers, residents, other business such as suppliers or partners who all have an interest and a voice in running the co-operative. There are a range of co-ops that can fit a variety of members needs and ambitions. 

Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) can help you learn more about co-operatives and inclusive business models  through a variety of resources. We also provide support to businesses and communities looking to adopt or develop their co-operative business model.

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