Co-operative Futures is a business development consultancy specialising in co-operative, mutual and community led businesses. Founded in 2000 it was set up to provide direct advice and support services and to engage in debates to find mutual solutions for challenges being faced by communities.

So whether you are starting out with an idea, looking to grow and develop your business or want to know about more about community ownership and co-operative business models we can help you.

Working with start-ups and existing companies we advise a variety of enterprises in a wide range of sectors including retail, leisure, community asset transfer, renewable energy, care and many more.

There are many names bandied around for the types of organisation we work with but it boils down to three things: that there is trading activity, they have a social purpose and there is some form of collective ownership. If you think that might be you please get in touch.


Co-operative Futures is an approved provider for the following schemes:

The GEM Project is an employability and social inclusion programme, helping people in Gloucestershire to overcome challenges to employment and move them closer towards or into work. MORE–>

next generation

Next Generation is an ambitious England-wide project created by Power to Change, and funded by Power to Change and Big Society Capital.  It aims to help rejuvenate and accelerate the community-owned renewable energy sector in the UK. MORE–>


The CCIN Dynamic Purchasing Scheme is a specialist, prescribed pool of organisations to help in developing policy, implementing prototypes and building capacity, both in communities and inside the organisation. MORE–>

Midcounties Co-operative provides support to co-operatives and community groups in their trading area.


Community shares can save local shops and pubs, finance renewable energy schemes, transform community facilities, support local food growing, fund new football clubs, restore heritage buildings, and above all, build stronger, more vibrant, and independent communities.

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The Hive, a business support programme for co-ops and community businesses. The Hive offers online support, group advice, skills training sessions, one-to-one advice, peer mentoring.


What we do

Starting up

Starting up

Looking at your business model, the viability of the business and what you need to get going.



How to make sure your legal structure is the right one and making sure you are doing the right things for your members.

Community shares

Community shares

Support to write a share offer document that will enable you to raise capital investment from your community or members.



Looking at how much it costs to run your business, what you should charge to make the right amount of profit and how to understand your accounts.



Identifying who your customers are, what they want to buy, how much they will pay and how to tell them about yourselves.

Business Plans

Business Plans

We help to write one that covers all the important areas. It can be one that is just for use internally or one that is needed to raise finance.


Midcounties Co-op Conversations

Are you looking for a different way to do business? Worker co-operatives are a great way of doing that – they are businesses run democratically by the workers to provide themselves with meaningful employment and to provide a service to the community, rather than creating profit for a boss or unconnected shareholders.

Find out what it’s like working for the business you own. We will introduce some people who do just that so they can share their experiences with you.

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Join us for a practical session on how to set up a co-op. Discover what you need to have in place, what the various steps are and where to get help.

Hear about the experiences of people who’ve already done it, what went well and what didn’t go as planned. If you are thinking about setting up a co-op this is the session for you.

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Coming Up

Can Coops keep the lights on? on Zoom

Wed 10 Nov 2021 6:00 PM7:30 PM GMT

At this free event we will look at what climate change means for us all, and how cooperative models offer solutions. See more

Meet the Team


Co-operative Futures is part of a workers co-op – The People Co-op, a network of ethical, sustainable businesses here in the UK with a focus on the business to business service companies.

Our head office is at: City Works, Alfred Street, Gloucester. GL1 4DF

You can call us on: 01452 543030

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