Worker co-operatives directory

The advantages of the worker co-operative structure – very different from top-down management of most retail co-ops (see this site passim) – are set out in this informal feedback by Mary Holmes.

Mary was unfamiliar with the sector until she was commissioned to update the database of ICOM-supported worker co-operatives – now part of Co-operatives UK.

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GOODS AND SERVICES OFFERED BY 333 WORKER CO-OPS: Updated February 2016 – some contact details are lacking due to limited time for this work but can be found via Google.

*   denotes duplication in cases when the co-op’s activities fall into more than one category

Page in hard copy

  2        Food & drink
  3        Timber management and products
  4        Education
  5        Environmental technology/services
  6        Housing
  7        Manufacturing /engineering/craft
  8        Recycling
  9        Repair & Maintenance
  9        Retail/wholesale
12        Services/caring sector
13        Other services
17        Financed by employee buyout or funds raised by local people


Cumbrian Farmers, small abattoir, Eden/Sedburgh,  015396 21343

Growing with Grace, growing/selling organic food, Yorkshire, 01524 251 723

The Green Man, organic bakery, Bedlington, 01670 821000

North East Organic Growers, Earth Balance, Bomarsund, box-scheme,

The Handmade Bakery, community supported, W.Yorkshire,

South Hams Organic Producers, marketing for 40 producers, Devon, 01752 892674

Coseley Allotments & small-holders, Nr Dudley, Bayer Street

Down to Earth, assist food growers, Stroud, 07575 286818

Puffin Produce, potato farmers & growers marketing, Pembroke, 01437 766716

Definitely Devon, local milk for local people in 52 co-op stores, Torrington, 01805 622018

Calon Wen: organic milk producers, over 20 dairy farmers, Across Wales, 01994 241 481

Thames Valley Farmers’ Markets,  running farmers’ markets in Thames Valley,

Cheeses from Wales, marketing co-op, Ceredigion, 01974 282 638

West Country Farmhouse, handmade cheese, Somerset, 01749 345 055

Handmade Bakery, bread, Marsden Yorks,

*Hesket Market Brewery & the Old Crown pub, owned by over 100 locals Nr Penrith, 01697 478288

*Proper Job, market garden, Chagford, 01647 432985

Lough Neagh Fishing, producing eels, N. Ireland, 028 7965 0618

Yorkshire Chocolate, from ethically sourced cocoa beans,  Halifax, 01422 244212

Gamelea Countryside Trust , animal husbandry and horticulture, Derbyshire, 01246 566 57

Stanmer Organics, a consortium of 16 producer groups, Brighton, 01273  620486

Organic Lea [London], food growing, Lea Valley,

Headingley Fowl, organic free-range chickens, Leeds,

Headingley Pig, organic free range pork , Leeds,

The People’s  Supermarket, best food lowest prices, Holborn


Moelyci Environment Centre , organic farming/allotments, wood craft/recreation, N.Wales, 01248 602 479

Ridings Coppice Group, furniture/charcoal/courses, Richmond,

*Wood ‘n’ Stuff , garden and other furniture, Bury St Edmunds  01284 702195

Forest of Avon, wood products co-operative, Bristol, 

Towy Timber Co-operative, Llandeilo, creates timber products and buildings,      


The Foundation for  Human Development, training/work experience, Lambeth, 0208 670 7332

Common Cause, links local consumers and producers, training and education in food production, Lewes, 01273 470900

Jigsaw Catering, training /support for people with learning difficulties, Bristol Co-operative Ltd, 0117 902 4823

*Straworks, teaching use of straw/clay/used tyres in building, Todmorden, 01706 814 696

Gamelea Countryside Trust, support/training special needs, Derbyshire, 01246 566 57

Zoom developing & printing, employing & training those with learning difficulties, Bristol,

Co-op Jive, dance school, Lewisham,

NEMCO, music tuition, Newcastle, 0191 236 3999

Moonshare Co-op, artists/eco activists network, Stroud, 01453 751604

We Love Marlborough, promoting arts in the town, Marlborough, 07941 655 856

Bang on! Arts & Training Ltd [BOAT], workshops for people with disabilities – all ages, South London, 01322 432240

New Beginnings, digital media training, Gateshead, 0191 478 6142

Dynamix, circus troupe; education, Swansea,

Cycle Training UK, training cyclists and instructors, London, 0207 7582 3535

*Proper Job (training), recycling/reuse/repair,  café, foodshop, market garden, Chagford, 01647 432985

Muir-Walker Medics, training in emergency care inc., mountain rescue – urban situations, Brighton,

Cloudbase, paragliding school, Woodborough, 07795 632710

Sail Boat Project, sailing courses, Brighton,

Zed Books Publishing, global issues – crossing disciplines, London (N1), 0207 837 4014

New Internationalist, reports issues of world poverty/inequality/injustice, Oxford, 01865 811400

OLIVE, study tours Palestine & Israel, planting olive trees, Manchester,

Letterbox Library, selling children’s books, multicultural, non-sexist, London,


Settle Hydro, electricity generation, Yorkshire, 01729 823155

R-ECO, renewable energy installers, Cornwall, 01872 870 875

Cwmni Gwynt Teg, farmers’ wind turbines, N.Wales, 01492 650 760.

Baywind Co-op, electricity generation, Cumbria, 01229 821028

Energy Development, internet distributor of wind turbines/solar panels, Suffolk, 0870 745 1119

Energy4all, community owned green energy, Barrow, Cumbria,  01229 821028

Fenland Green Power, windfarm, Lincolnshire,

Westmill Wind Farm, community owned, Oxfordshire 0870 234 2002

Northumbrian Energy Workshop, wind energy equipment, Hexham, 01434 604 809

Wind and Sun, design, supply & instal wind and solar systems, Herefordshire,

Sarum Solar, designs, instals, repairs solar hot water systems, Salisbury, Wilts,

Energy Development, internet distributor of wind turbines/solar panels etc, Suffolk, 0870 745 1119

Tree Station, Greater Manchester, provides a range of wood-related services

Environmental Fieldwork, practical ountryside management, NW England, 0161 796 9557

Centre for Alternative Technology, environmental information &  practice, Macchynleth,

Eaga Solutions, energy efficiency, HQ Tyneside,

Ecosulis in Bath, environmental assessment & tree surgery, landscaping, Wales, Chester & London, 01225 874 040

*Delta-T Devices, makes instruments monitoring/managing soil moisture, Cambridge,

Bridge Marine Science Business group, centre for marine expertise, Wales,

The Wool Clip, yarn & goods from local wool, Cumbria,

Fairground, organising green fairs in SW, Dorchester,  0845 373 2757

Ecoseeds, producing native plants & seeds, Co. Down, 028 4488 1227


Redditch Co-operative Homes, tenant participation, Redditch, 01527 64252

Corani Housing Co-op, controlled by occupying members, Leicester, 0116 254 5436

The Eldonians, housing co-operative, Liverpool,

Lincoln University Students’ union,  housing, communications, insurance, credit union, Lincoln  01522 886006

Sanford Housing,  sustainable affordable housing, S.London

Westwhitlawburn HC, social housing,S. Lanarkshire

Community Campus, housing young in need, Stockton-on Tees   01642 357364


VET, video engineering and training, Hoxton, London,

York Disabled Workers, wood artefacts, York, 01325 310 269

UBH International, steel container tanks, Burscough, Lancs, 01704 898500

*Wood ‘n’ Stuff , garden and other furniture, Bury St Edmunds  01284 702195

KER Plant, construction, Northampton, 01604 780180

PS Refrigeration, cold rooms/equipment sales, Nottingham’ 0115  950 1835

Datrys, consulting engineers, Caernarfon,  01286 671027

Delta-T Devices, makes instruments monitoring/managing soil moisture, Cambridge,

Build for Change, steel and wood products, Manchester, 0161 227 9787

*Tower Colliery,  anthracite mine,  S. Wales, 01685 811 199, now closed

DP2000 Ltd, sheet metal business, Rugby, 01788 577100

Solar fires, making gas fires, Wales, 01745  561685

Queen Eleanor Ltd, making uniforms, Kettering, 01536 513349

*Straworks, teaching sustainable building techniques, Todmorden, 01706 814 696

*3D Logistics, makes & installs industrial shelving, Sandy (Beds), 01767 688 300

Craft in the Bay, 70 artists and artisans, Cardiff Bay, 02920 484 611

Craft Co shop, potters, artists, textilers etc, 10 members, 100+associates, Southwold, 01502 723 211

Bookprint 2000, printing/bookbinding, Ystradgynlais 01639 638 005

Gloucestershire Printmaking, etching, screen/relief prints, lithography, Thrupp, 01453 765281

The Sculpture Designer, working in crystal, Dungannon

Ceramics Studio Co-op, London,  owned and run by the artists who work in it

Hay Makers,  craft designers/makers, Hay-on-Wye, 01497 820 556

Barhale, civil engineering, Walsall,

Blooming Futures, modifying engines to run on pure plant oil, Sussex,

*PrimePac Solutions, bottles, sachets, tubes, Ebbw Vale, 08700 672770

Alpha Beds, organic mattresses – timber bed frames made, Carmathenshire,

Oresome Gallery, local artists make & display jewellery, textiles, print, ceramics, glass, Hull marina,

Saddleworth Crafts, shop, gallery, cobbler, picture framer, artist’s studio, Delph, Saddleworth 01457 874705


Stitched Up, repairing clothes, reclaiming and reusing fabrics, Manchester,,

Blooming Futures business vehicles,  adapting diesel engines to run on pure plant oil, Sussex,

Golden Fuels, recycling used vegetable oil producing biodiesel,   Oxford,

Somerset Wood Recycling, social enterprise, offers wood re-use/ recycling and various services via Green Team,

Green Gold Diesel, biodiesel filling station, Manchester 0845 373 2769

Sundance Renewables, biodiesel from used veg oil, S.Wales

PEARLS, low cost stationery, arts & crafts, materials & lending service, Rochdale,

The Foundation for Human Development, computer recycling, Lambeth, 0208 670 7332

Paperback,  recycled paper merchant, E.London, 0208 890 2233

Recycled Bottle Glass Company, Plymouth, created glass products from waste glass, 01752 563 638

Straworks, teaching use of straw/clay, /used tyres in building, Todmorden, 01706 814 696

Waste Chasers, collection for recycling, office waste, shredding, cans/toner cartridges, Bradford, 01274 720 740

Green Works, office furniture, London, 0207 9810450

Express Link-up, PCs/printers for sick/disabled, children (low income), Nottingham, 0115 979 1200

Remade Fashion, remaking from used textiles, Leeds,

Proper Job, recycling/compost/reuse/repair/café, foodshop, market garden, Chagford, 01647 432985

Green Dragon Woods, books sold -funds to tree nursery, Brighton,

Magpie Recycling, Kerbside collection, 5000 households/1000 businesses, Brighton,

*Paperback, recycled paper merchant, E. London, 0208 890 2233

Crest: working with  disadvantaged people, recycles business, timber and garden waste, Llandudno, 01492 59 67 83

*Oxford Cycle Workshop, recycling, repairing, training, Oxford


York Cycle Works, repairing & selling accessories, York, 01904 626 664

Edinburgh Cycles, repairing & selling accessories, Edinburgh, 0131 331 5010

Scaleways,  supply/service weighing scales, Leicester, 0116 255 5092

North West Lifts,  repair/maintain lifts, Blackpool. 01253 344633

Oxford Cycle Workshop,  repairing, training, Oxford, ceased operating in 2012, succeeded by The Broken Spoke,


Caffi Florence, serves fresh, seasonal, homemade and locally sourced food, Loggerheads Country Park, Mold, Wales,

North Eastern Farmers, buying inputs – trust trading, Aberdeenshire, 01888 569569

FARMA, farmers, producers, farmers’ markets organisers, selling locally,

Cumbria Farming and Rural Business, selling machinery/other inputs, Cumbria, 01768 242130.

Altham Hardwood, native hardwoods, Altham, 01282 771 618

Bicycle Doctor, sales , Manchester, 0161 224 1303

Brixton Cycles, sales/repairs, Brixton, 0207 733 6055

Edinburgh Cycles, sales, now has branches in Leeds, Aberdeen, Newcastle & Edinburgh,

York Cycle Works, sales, York,

Autoquip, auto parts & accessories, Bristol, 0117 958 5555

*Paperback, recycled paper merchant, E. London, 0208 890 2233

Cambrian Organics, marketing organic meat, Horeb, Wales, 01559 363 151

Scottish Organic Milk Producers, selling milk & dairy products,  Scotland, 0131 539 9728

Limited Resources, delivering fresh organic food, Manchester area, 0161 226 4777

Eostre Organics, group supplying schools & East Anglian hospitals, 01953 456294

Suma,  suppliers of wholesale organic wholefoods, Halifax, 01422 313840

Green City, supplies wholefoods, Scotland,

Infinity Foods, organic, local produce shop, Bristol, 01273 424060

True Food Co-op, selling fruit, veg, wholefoods, Berks,

Essential Trading, wholesale, manufacturing & distribution organics, Bristol, 0117 958 3550

True Food,  market stalls, low cost local organic food, Reading, 0845 330 8272

Village Greens, local, organic, natural food, Prestwich near Manchester,

Country Markets,  450 outlets –food & hand-made goods, UK, Channel Islands,

East Anglian Brewers’Association, 32 brewers’ trading co-op, E. England,

Eighth Day, vegetarian co-op, Manchester, 0161 273 4878

Food co-operatives,  selling fresh lower cost food, Skelmersdale,  Lancs CDA

Unicorn Grocery, wholefood, Manchester, 0161 861 0010

The Bear Co-op,  shop+café, Todmorden,

The Stores, village shop, Ickford, Bucks, 01844 339 256

Women’s Institute markets, HQ at Reading,

Pertwood Partners, organic veg box scheme, Wilts, 01747 820 499

Daily Bread, wholefoods, Cambridge,,   and Northampton,

Highland Wholefoods, wholefoods, Inverness

The Wine Society,  selling wine by mail order, Stevenage, 01438 740222

Clayton Brook Food Co-op, low cost fruit & veg, Lancs (CDA), 01772 203 692

Farmway Co-op, 10 farmer-owned stores selling animal feed, one at Leyburn,  Yorkshire, 01969 6201300

OMSCo, selling organic milk, West Country,

Westhoughton Food, affordable organic fruit/veg, Bolton, 01942 841 356

Waterbridge Food, buying fresh fruit & veg, Colne, 01282 859834

Proper Job, wholefoods, Chagford, 01647 432616

The Goods Shed, farmers market and restaurant, Canterbury, 01227 459153

Natural Food Store, wholefoods, Leeds, 0113 275 7810

Equal Exchange, Organic fairtrade coffee, Edinburgh, 0131 554 5912,

Bishopston Trading, Fairtrade clothes, Bristol,

News from Nowhere, radical bookshop, Liverpool, 0151 708 7270

October Books, bookshop, Southampton, 02380 581030,

Clevedon Community Bookshop, second-hand books, N. Somerset, 01275 219171,

Hyperion Auctions,  antiques & collectables, St Ives (Cambs), 01480 464140

Tamil retail co-op, mainly school textbooks, Walthamstow, Tamil CDA

Tamil Catering, fast food, Tamil snacks, Walthamstow  92A Forest Rd, E17 6JQ

Ethics Girls, online shop, Internet,

Busy Bee, toy shop, Chorlton,

Berrynarbor Co-op, store and post office, Devon, 01271 883215

Claverdon Community Shop, set up by village residents, Warwickshire,


CT Plus, 33 mobility buses, London, 0207 275 2400

Toybox, children’s nursery, Ollerton Women’s Centre, 01623 836 106

Brightkidz,  supports walking to school, Northants,

Madhatters Mount Pleasant, playgroup, Plymouth, Methodist Church  PL7 5NW

Greenwich Playcare, crèches, Greenwich, 0208 317 3194

Headstart, pre-school centre, Preston, 01772 201004

Rainbow Nursery, babies/pre-school, Norfolk, 01692 400 995

Brats Nursery, day nursery, Northampton, 01604 701291

Austin Community Enterprise, day nursery, citizen’s advice centre, Derby, 01332 767570

Wrekin Care, home & day care for dependent people, Shropshire,

Wonderland,  day-care nursery, Luton

Union Grove Nursery, children 2-5yrs, locally managed & staffed,  Lambeth

Playtots, day nursery, Plymouth,

Early Birds, day nursery, Mansfield, via 0845 458 1870

Imagine Childcare nurseries, Midcounties Society

Little Songbirds,  creche, Rhydyfelin

Oasis Day Centre, childcare, Barmouth

Hopscotch Playgroup, childcare, Leicester

The Foster Care Co-operative,  40-50 carers at HQ in Malvern, Worcs, & in other regions,  0800 0856 538

Little Women, now Sunderland Home Care Associates,
home care, household services, Sunderland, 0191 510 8366

Rainbow Pre-school, playgroup, Birstall, Leics, 0116 267 5264

Shepshed Carers,  home care for those with high dependency needs, Leicester,

Foster Care, fostering youngsters in need, Malvern

Carers Direct, for elderly, frail, vulnerable,  Devon, 01548 810195

Badger, GP Emergency Rota, Birmingham & District

Owls,  doctors’ after-hours advice & visiting service, Lancs CDA

Accessible Acupuncture, low cost treatment, Manchester, 07590 903714

SELDOC, out of hours GP services, SE London


The Jemima Narrowboat Co-operative – shared ownership and maintenance, recreation. Location varies with ithe barge’s travels:

Lupine Adventure, training, fell/mountain based outdoor recreation, Yorkshire,

Shapely Does It, ladies fitness, Yorkshire,

Stroud Pound Co-op, local currency, Stroud nr Gloucs,

Arthur Street Trading, delivers organic fruit & veg – solar-powered vehicle, Hull,

Goodsons, electrical engineers, Northampton

Wheel Alternatives, courier and taxi firm, York, 01904 426 333

*CT Plus, 33 mobility buses, London, 0207 275 2400

Belgrano Services, vehicle recovery/repair, N. Wales 01745 833 225

Upstart Services,  assisting the social economy, finance, consultancy, Devon,

Yeovil Car Pool, alleviating congestion/pollution, Yeovil, contact via  0845 458 1473

Moor Car, carshare, many areas see

Birmingham Bike Foundry, tuition, mechanics etc, Digbeth

The Bike’s the Business, couriers, Brighton /Hove,

Science Workshops, selling/hiring/installing/servicing catering equipment, Wales,   01550 777 324

Wave, graphic design/websites, Hastings, 01424 715 754

Alpha Communication, website design, Durham, 0191 375 0101

Poptech, web design, London N1, 0207 7704 3930

Co-operative Web, web programming, B’ham,

Whitcomm services, TV, phone, internet, S.Lanarkshire

Upstream, Print & Design, typesetting, design/print, London,

Footprint, printing, Leeds, 0113 262 4408

Co-operative Communications Ltd, [CCL] printing, design, Burnley,

Punctum, servicing photographers, Newport,

Calverts, high quality publications, Shoreditch, 0207 739 1474

Transept, public transport consultants, Reading, 0118 930 5522

Urban Gardening, housing association services, Handsworth, 0121 523 7854

Pinkfish, T-shirt design/printing, organic cards: Little Artworks,   274 732 773

Big Picture, art gallery partly run by ex-offenders, monthly placement, Norton Village, Teesside,

Fingerprints, ethical clothing, Bradford

Ground Force, security services, Sunderland, Hendon Co-op  Centre, 0191 565 0476

The Co-operative Driving School, driving instruction, Colchester, 01206 760 854

DLT Training Industrial,  freight logistics, materials handling, construction plant, Bridgend, 01656 656 382

Poptel, internet/online services 3 sites, 0207 249 2948

The Phone Co-op, low cost phone services, Manchester 0845 458 9004

Burrowes St Co-op, tenant management (312 properties/Birchills area), Walsall

Community Gateway Association, housing association, tenants co-op, maintenance, Preston

CM Publications, free community magazine, typesetting, design/print, Ystalyfera, 01639 842 888

LEDA, ecological building design [architectural & engineering], Leeds, 0113 278 5341

City Design, landscape architects, Glasgow, 0141 204 3466

Total Coverage, graphic design, Southampton

Ethical Investment, pensions & investments, Darlington, 01325 267 228

Ethical Investment, pensions & investments, Edinburgh, 0131 466 4666

Work for Change, letting/managing work-space, Manchester, 0161 226 7696

Account 3, free training for women, London, 0207 739 7720

Ethical Consumer, research and publication, Manchester, 0161 226 2929

Asian Heritage, language/translation services, Burnley (CDA) 01772 203 692

Supply Teachers, includes other services to consortium schools, N.E.England

Teachers’ co-op, supply teachers, Cambridge, 01223 847 555

Vital Link, education; publishing, Birmingham, 0121 241 7896

Theatre Cap-A-Pie, youth theatre; other services, Durham

Zip Theatre, community venues, Wolverhampton,

Bulb Media, youth magazine, London SW4,

Media co-op, making social justice films, Glasgow

Manchester Film, screens independent films, Manchester,

Just Films, shows inspiring films, Birmingham, http://www.justfilm.coop2

Jack Drum Arts, creative arts programmes, Co. Durham

The Wotton Electric, refurbished town cinema,Wotton under Edge, 01453 844601

Picture House Ltd, Welland Gallery for self-employed artists,        Lincolnshire, 01775 769 404

Asian Funeral Service, for various faiths, Tipton, 0121 522 4799

Go Co-operative, rail transport, Somerset,0845 458 1473

Soft Touch, community arts, Leicester, 0116 270 2706

Cleddau Press, printing, Haverfordwest, 01437 763809

3Score publishing, older writers, Stonesfield,

Pack-It, employing people with disabilities, mailing/distribution, Cardiff, 02920 486 779

3C, community broadband supplier, Calder Valley, 0845 456 1793

Cwm Trannon, community shop, café, florist, Trefeglwys

Shared Interest, providing finance for Fairtrade & Newcastle community-based producers, 0191 233 9100


North West Lifts                            Belgrano services
         Posford Datrys                               3D Logistics
         Hesket Newmarket Brewery      Tower Colliery
         The Stores, Bucks                          The Red Lion, Preston, Herts
         DP2000 Ltd (sheet metal)            Goodsons Electrical Store & Post Office
         Bookprint 2000                              Middleton Tyas in N.Yorkshire
         PrimePac Solutions                       UBH making liquid & gas tankers               
         Eaga Solutions                               DLT Training, Bridgend                
        AutoquipIndustrial training         Sculpture Designer

Updated February 2016:  New Era Network: Barbara Panvel


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