An annual report published by Co-operatives UK has revealed that businesses and organisations trading as co-operatives contribute £34.1bn to the economy each year. It also stated that some 17.5 million people - almost a quarter of the UK population - are members of a co-op.
You can read the full report here
What is a Co-op?
Co-operatives are run not by institutional investors or distant shareholders, but by their members. These members could be customers, employees, residents, farmers, artists, taxi drivers...
In terms of FCC, we are overseen by board members who have no financial interest in the agency – which means we can stay focused on our prime objective: to put children first above all else.
Not only are we proud to be just one of the few not-for-profit fostering agencies in the UK, but the way we run our organisation is member-centred due to being a co-operative.
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