About Co-operatives South East

Group-PhotoWorking in partnership with Co-operativesUK, Co-operatives South East is a co-operative organisation in its own right.  Membership is open to any co-operative operating in the region, which is also a member of Co-operativesUK or one of its federal members, in sectors such as housing, credit unions or agriculture.

The key aims of Co-operativesSE are to:

  1. represent and promote co-operative values and principles
  2. raise the profile of the co-operative sector in the region
  3. represent the co-operative sector within regional forums and regional media
  4. develop services to members that will assist them to develop as co-operatives, sustainable enterprises and contributors to the well-being of communities in the region
  5. involve members and potential members in the wider co-operative Movement and in particular in active membership of Co-operativesUK
  6. build partnerships, structures and arrangements with organisations who have similar objectives.

CSE leaflet image2As part of the wider social enterprise or third sector, Co-operativesSE is directly engaged in working with partners in the region for mutual benefit. It was a founder member of the South East Social Enterprise Steering Group. The Regional Framework for Social Enterprise – “It’s Business but not as we know it” reflected the contribution we have made to this group and its work.

Co-operativesSE has also been involved either itself or through South East Co-operative Support (SECS), an independent organisation bringing together specialist support organisations across the region, in a number of specific programmes.


A Board of Directors are elected from Co-operatives South East’s wider membership. New Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting. For further information, please contact our Business and Communications Manager.

Governing Document

Annual Reports

Annual General Meeting Minutes


Promoting and strengthening co-operatives in the South East of England