Business Support for Co-ops

Supporting fair and ethical businesses, with

Co-operatives UK

We're working in partnership with Co-operatives UK to offer our Business Support for Co-ops programme. We're offering a range of resources and services tailored to co-operatives, so together, we can help build a stronger, fairer and greener economy.

We were born out of the co-operative movement over 150 years ago and still share these values today. We are committed to supporting the co-operative sector - and always will be.

Business Support for Co-ops. Supporting fair and ethical business together. Co-operatives UK. The Co-operative Bank.

£1 million

We have donated to the Customer Donation Fund


Organisations we've helped with financial support since 2003

£2.5 million

Committed to support co-operatives since 2016

Support tailored to co-operatives

Co-operatives, or co-ops, are businesses that are owned and controlled by their members. Large retailers, small enterprises and community-based initiatives can all be co-operatives.

The benefit of co-operatives is that they allow people to influence the things they care about around the issues and places that matter most to them.

We're here to support like-minded organisations across the co-operative movement, whether you're an existing co-op, just starting out, or looking to convert.

How Business Support for Co-ops can help you

Since 2016, we've committed £2.5 million to support co-operatives nationally. And we're proud to be delivering this through our partnership with Co-operatives UK.

The programme offers a range of easy-to-access services, including:

  • tailored support
  • mentoring
  • digital tools
  • events.

See what support is available with Business Support for Co-ops

We are the original ethical bank

Guided by our unique, customer-led Ethical Policy, we’ve been committed to our co-operative values and ethics since the bank was founded to serve the co-operative movement in 1872.

In 2022, we refreshed our Ethical Policy to focus on what we do for our planet, people, and the community. This includes our commitments to reduce global climate change, fight social injustice and only work with businesses that share our values.

Find out how we put our ethics into action

Get extra support from our specialist Relationship Manager

As the original ethical bank, we offer co-operative businesses access to a Relationship Manager who understands their unique, individual needs.

Sean Fahy is a unique Relationship Manager with extensive knowledge and experience within the co-operative sector.

If you're a Co-operative Bank business customer, Sean's here to help you navigate any financial issues you face or help you grow your business. And he'll point you in the direction of products that could help achieve your business goals and objectives.