The UK co-operative sector is diverse and vibrant. There are 5,450 independent co-operative businesses in the UK, working in all parts of the economy which means there’s a co-operative in every UK postcode.
Wherever you live in the UK, you are not far from a co-operative. There are banks, credit unions, educational services, supermarkets and even healthcare services.
Where’s your nearest co-operative?
We’ve identified a selection for 4 postcode areas in Leicester:
Clockwise Credit Union is a financial co-operative committed to providing a wide range of safe and ethical services to include current accounts, flexible savings and affordable loans to people who live and work in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Leicester Wholefood Co-operative was established in 1987, and is a natural food supermarket that stocks a wide range of natural foods, the majority of which are organic and locally produced.
Metro Boulot Dodo collaborate to create innovative cross art-form work and has produced an impressive catalogue of arts projects, including installations, performances and audio tours.
Acuherb Good Health Centre are specialists in the treatment of chronic and acute health conditions using a variety of traditional holistic therapies including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage therapy and spinal therapy.
Aqoon Home School Support was set up in 2003 to support the growing Somalian community in Leicester. The co-operative provides complementary education programmes in schools, school based mentoring and mediation for children.
Soft Touch Arts offers opportunities for involvement in enjoyable and challenging creative projects to make a difference to people’s lives through personal development and gaining new skills.
Environmentally Friendly Cleaning is a local co-operative providing a 24-hour cleaning service using only eco-friendly cleaning products. The co-operative provides a home cleaning service for domestic customers and commercial cleaning services for shops, offices, restaurants and more.
Go Travel Solutions collaborates with transport consultants and operators to provide tailored solutions to businesses’ travel requirements.
Medical Grade Comedy is a newly set up co-operative, providing a unique service by delivering medical intervention through stand-up comedy.
ADHD Solutions is a unique co-operative set up to provide information, help and support for children, young people, and adults with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) including their families and anyone who supports or works with them.
Indived Ayurvedic and Holistic Therapy Centre is a therapy centre offering a variety of Ayurveda and Holistic therapies including yoga, ayurvedic massage and reflexology.
Just Services are a co-operative working for justice and equality in health and social welfare. The co-operative provides advocacy services and support for oppressed groups to help them to have their voices heard.