Building a network of food co-ops, buying groups and other community food enterprises across the UK; helping new groups get off the ground and existing ones to thrive.
Food Co-op Toolkit
All the important things you need to think about when setting up and running a food co-op, buying group or other community food enterprise.
Food Co-op Map
Discover box schemes, shops, markets, stalls, buying clubs, food hubs and food co-op suppliers near you. Add or update details of your enterprise.
Read about the format, successes and challenges of a wide range of community led food co-ops, buying groups and other community food enterprises from across the UK.
Why set up or buy from a food co-op? There are many great reasons which is why we’ve been helping communities set up food co-ops since 2008.
Markets and food businesses to benefit from permanent use of outdoor spaces
Temporary measures to support retail and hospitality during the pandemic will now be made permanent following a public consultation.
Got a sustainable food, farming or business idea?
Kingsclere Estates is looking for innovative sustainable business ideas to join the farm and make the most of the estate’s plentiful space...
Government funding supports the good food economy
Earlier in the year, the Government created several funds to help kickstart the economy. In November, it was announced that several...
Good Food Retail: London boroughs taking action
This summary report captures what’s been achieved by a cohort of councils working on Good Food Retail with the support of London Food Link...
Food Co-ops Toolkit - a simple and comprehensive guide to setting up food co-ops
This 81-page, comprehensive toolkit has been produced as part of the Big Lottery funded Making Local Food Work programme to help more communities set...
Cracking Community Cafes: Your people
This fact sheet looks at leading and managing the people involved in your community café. It suggests some simple things you can do to build a...
A Growing Trade - a guide for community groups growing food to sell in our towns and cities
This Local Action on Food report highlights the commercial opportunities for community grown food and showcases initiatives that are doing it...
Growing Communities: manual of monitoring and evaluation
This report details the way in which the pioneering social enterprise, Growing Communities, monitors and evaluates its work. As well as explaining...
Growing Manchester(s) Veg People - a guide to setting up a growers' and buyers' co-operative
This practical guide details the creation and development of an innovative growers' and buyers' co-operative aiming to increase the availability of...