A Guide to Co-operatives and Mutuals (PDF)


Association of Financial Mutuals (AFM) – The trade body representing mutuals and not for profit insurers, as well as friendly societies and other types of financial mutual.

Co-operatives UK – The central membership organisation for British Co-operatives.

Building Societies Association (BSA) – The trade association for UK building societies.

Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL) – The body that represents the majority of British Credit Unions.

Mutuo – The leading advocate for co-operatives and mutuals in the UK, Mutuo promotes the sector through political advocacy, policy development, and management consultancy work. It also acts as Secretariat for the APPG for Mutuals.

Supporters Direct – An organisation that provides support to sports fans who wish to be more engaged in the running of their club, either through making shareholders more accountable, or by taking a significant stake in the club itself.

International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) – The global representative organisation for the co-operative and mutual insurance sector.

International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) – An international union that exists to advance the co-operative model. Is owned by its members, which are either national level co-operative federations, individual co-operatives, or government offices concerned with the sector.

Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe (AMICE) – The association for European mutual and co-operative insurers.

National Housing Federation – Trade body representing social housing providers in England.

The Co-operative College – An educational charity that promotes co-operative values and principles in society.

Employee Ownership Association (EOA) – An organisation that supports UK businesses that are either employee owned or transitioning to employee ownership.