Our Better Business reports are the most comprehensive research into the performance of co-operative pubs and community-owned shops ever to be published. They provide some of the most valuable statistics in the sector in support of a co-operative approach to rural social enterprise.

Community shops: A better form of business

The community shop sector at the end of 2016:

  • 348 community shops were trading across the UK providing essential services to 1,400 remote rural communities
  • Community shops created 1,114 paid jobs
  • 9,605 volunteers
  • Community shops generated a combined turnover of £54m and donated £125,000 to community projects 

Click here to download our latest community shops report.

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Co-operative pubs: A better form of business

The co-operative pub sector at the end of 2016:

  • Has grown by 15% with six new pubs opening during the year
  • 46 co-operative pubs were trading widely spread across England and Wales
  • 90 groups actively exploring setting up a co-operative pub in their community
  • No co-operative pub has closed maintaining an impressive 100% survival rate

Click here to download our latest co-operative pubs report.

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