Our Affiliate Members

Our Affiliate Membership scheme is open to non-governmental organisations and corporations wishing to show their support and engage in the processes of developing innovative Co-operative Councils.  Click here to find out more or contact [email protected].

Thank you to our Affiliate Members:


Affiliate Members as at 23 September 2020

Affiliate Members as at 23 September 2020


4OC supports change and transformation in public service delivery, helping organisations deliver more impactful, effective and better-integrated services.  From service-level change through to organisation-wide transformation programmes, we have delivered over 500 successful programmes to date.

Our experienced teams have managed large, successful operations and bring Local Government best practice, operational know-how and commercial expertise.  4OC provides the capabilities, capacity and competencies to ensure change happens, and that it sticks.

Bates Wells

Bates Wells is a law firm with a difference. Specialising in working with charities, social enterprises, and public service organisations, Bates Wells has advised countless organisations on everything from spinning out from local authorities to day-to-day governance, employment and real estate issues. As a values-driven firm is committed to making a positive impact on our clients, our people, the environment and society – and is the first UK law firm to achieve B Corp certification.

The Behaviouralist


Branding.coop provides hands-on support and guidance to organisations wishing to promote their cooperative identity.  We believe that the co-operative business model should be mainstream.

Since June 2016 we have managed the communications, governance, marketing, events and membership schemes for the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network.  Since 2016 the Network has grown from 19 councils to 75 councils and supporting organisations.


We were born out of Public Services. We think differently.

C.Co are the change management consulting subsidiary of CIPFA. Our role extends across all areas of public sector change and transformation, with a hands-on approach that adds value and insight to the sector.

The C.Co team is made up of leading thinkers and practitioners, with unparalleled experience of the public, private and third sector. Creative, Curious and Analytical, we work with communities, businesses and public services to develop deep insights and develop new solutions.

The Co-operative College

Founded in 1919, The Co-operative College is an educational charity based in Manchester that works across the world, using co-operative values to equip individuals and communities with the skills and knowledge to transform their lives for the better.

As a membership based organisation, the College delivers inspirational training, conferences, professional development and thought provoking workshops.  The College’s life changing work includes projects in countries such as Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Malawi, as well as towns closer to home like Rochdale in Greater Manchester, the birthplace of the modern co-operative movement.  More information is available at www.co-op.ac.uk/donate.  

Co-operatives UK

Co-operatives UK is the network for Britain’s thousands of co-operatives. We work together to promote, develop and unite member-owned businesses across the economy. From high street retailers to community owned pubs, fan owned football clubs to farmer controlled businesses, co-operatives are everywhere and together they are worth £38bn to the British economy. Owned and run by their members, Co-operatives UK connects businesses that give people more control over the things that matter to them.


A consortium of ten Co-operative Development Bodies from around the UK, The Development Co-operative Limited (DC) aims to ensure there is  a coherent and professional co-operative development and consultancy service available nationally, regionally and locally able to initiate the development of CDB infrastructure, respond swiftly to opportunities and systematically replicate success.

The current DC members include CDAs serving Leicestershire, Somerset, Cornwall, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, and Greenwich, and established co-op consultancies CAN, Co-operative Solutions and United Diversity. They bring 150 years of co-operative experience, have raised over £5M investment in co-ops and have brought assets worth of £50M into common ownership. 


E3M is an initiative of Social Business International, supported by partners: Stone King Buzzacott and Zurich to share knowledge and develop thought leadership about the key ingredients for successful social enterprise innovation in public services and place-based social enterprise growth.

E3M coordinates two networks: the Social Enterprise Leaders Club, a group of the UK’s most dynamic and innovative social enterprise leaders, running a diverse range of public services and the Bold Commissioners Club, a network of senior leaders in local public bodies, with a special focus on innovation and achieving maximum public benefit in the way commissioning is undertaken.


Evenbreak is a AAA accessible specialist job board connecting forward-thinking employers with disabled candidates. Employers were telling us that disabled people never applied for their vacancies, and disabled people told us they didn’t know which employers were truly inclusive. So we joined the dots and created the UK’s most accessible job board.

We work closely with our advertisers to help them get the most out of the Evenbreak platform.  We also run a number of events and workshops around accessible recruitment, candidate attraction and retention. We work with partners to provide bespoke training solutions around diversity and inclusion. We are Disability Confident Leaders.

Governance International

Ideas Alliance

The Ideas Alliance CIC promotes the benefits of collaborative, strengths-based and community driven approaches. We partner with local people, charities, businesses, councils and national bodies who want to change the way they work together and rethink the role of citizens. Our projects include communities of practice, community researchers, storytelling, rapid testing and co-produced commissioning and strategy development.

We also host the Ideas Hub, an online platform championing people doing amazing things in their organisations and local communities. New articles go up each week and we are currently running a series of blogs with reflections on the Covid-19 crisis.


Locality is the national membership network for community organisations.

We support community organisations to be strong and successful to meet the needs of their communities. They provide what’s needed most, including better health and wellbeing, housing, education, training, employability and more. We believe in the power of community to build a fairer society.

Through our network of over 900 members we connect community organisations with the people, support and know-how they need to create spaces where everyone belongs and where lives are transformed. Together we motivate and inspire each other to unlock the power of local communities.

Marks Out Of Tenancy

Marks Out Of Tenancy is helping innovative Councils find rogue landlords, unlicensed HMOs, and understand what’s really happening in the private rental sector with a new digital service called ‘Vault’.
We’re a social enterprise, technology company, customer service platform and resource centre for renters all over the UK.
Speak to us – find out how we’re using digital technology to improve renting.

Mutual Ventures

Mutual Ventures are a management consultancy which specialise in public service reform. We are passionate about better, more sustainable public services. We work across all areas including children’s services, health and social care, culture services and more.  We’ve worked with over 150 local authorities, government departments, NHS organisations and mutuals and co-operatives since 2011, including many members of the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network.

Our wide range of expertise and experience includes: Strategy and options development, Design of new delivery models, Performance improvement, Business and transition planning/implementation, Organisational development and culture change.

Oxygen Finance

Oxygen Finance is a specialist provider of payment solutions and insight. Our early payment programmes and public sector spend analysis help innovative councils to drive savings, improve operational effectiveness and deliver against social value objectives.

We are the leading provider of early payment programmes to Local Government in the UK with approaching 50 Local Authority clients.

Oxygen provide a proven, value-based solution to the late payment challenge delivered using tried and tested processes, robust technology and expert resource.

We have offices in the UK and US and work with a range of technology partners.


Peopletoo provide support to organisations across Local Government and Health through the design and implementation of affordable and outcome focused services.

We have a comprehensive and detailed understanding of frontline service delivery. Our team works alongside you as your transformation partner, offering 100% accountability for the delivery of real cashable savings, improved service performance, increased social value and a measurably better customer experience.

Our experience is extensive across the UK, having worked with over 100 local authorities and more than 40 health organisations to successfully deliver sustainable transformation. 

Power to Change

Power to Change is the independent trust that supports community businesses in England. Community businesses are locally rooted, community-led, trade for community benefit and make life better for local people. The 9,000 community businesses across England, own assets worth £890m, and employ 33,600 people. Community businesses create great products and services, provide employment and training, contribute to inclusive local economies and transform lives. 

We support them through investment; capacity building; research and policy; and market development with stakeholders including local authorities & many others.

Power to Change received its endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund in 2015.

Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA)

The Public Service Transformation Academy exists to build the capability for public services to transform themselves. We offer a range of Academies (real and virtual), around transformation, place-based leadership, and commissioning (the Cabinet Office Commissioning Academy), and a series of face-to-face and online training programmes, hack days etc.
Public service transformation is complex, transdisciplinary, and the skills tend to fall ‘between the cracks’ of silos and expert areas – we bring expert speakers, action learning, peer and adult learning so you learn by doing.


RedQuadrant is a radical ‘unconsultancy’ for public services – we believe our job is to do ourselves out of a job. We bring together service expertise, highly experienced people, cutting-edge methods and track record of delivering what you want and what you really need, with the skills to build the skills in your team to take over from us. We’ve been around for eleven years and worked with over 200 public bodies. We can call on over 1,500 expert, experienced consultants to meet needs from vulnerable looked-after adults to entire council target operating models and service, IT and accommodation change, and everything in-between. 


The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) believes in a world where everyone is able to participate in creating a better future. We have been at the forefront of social change for over 260 years.

Through our ideas, research and a 30,000 strong Fellowship we are a global community of proactive problem solvers, sharing powerful ideas, carrying out cutting-edge research and building networks and opportunities for people to collaborate, influence and demonstrate practical solutions to realise change.

Social Value Exchange

If Social Value is about creating community benefits, Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations need to be in the driving seat. For us, the VCSE sector is an equal partner with government and the private sector. So we built the Social Value Exchange, used in the public procurement process to get new resources from the private sector – laptops, business expertise, grants – into community projects making a difference. We have been called an ‘eBay for community donations’ by one of our backers, Nesta: our digital marketplace leverages public procurement spend to incentivise maximum corporate support for local community projects.  

Trueman Change

Trueman Change is a bespoke consultancy helping public and third sector organisations change and transform their ways of working. We support you to think through your strategies, working with staff/stakeholders to design meaningful programmes of change, taking full responsibility for the delivery of the programme.

We provide insight and diagnostics, combining the discipline of effective, pragmatic project management and implementation. We use change management techniques, working with your project team, mapping out the impact of the change on your staff and stakeholders… We believe that the key is designing a relevant change management plan with them, to understand their perspective. 

Unlimited Potential

Unlimited Potential specialises in social innovation – creating new solutions to social and economic problems with local people and communities. We use our innovation process to respond to the challenges of large organisations. Engaging with the strengths of citizens and communities, especially those who are disadvantaged and marginalised, we also draw on research from a range of disciplines to enhance impact.

We are happy to explore any challenge, and to see how it might be reframed and then addressed in different ways to create new low-cost solutions.

Value Match

A team of values-led procurement professionals, Value Match apply that extensive procurement expertise to enhance value created in our communities and environment. Value Match is dedicated to providing exceptional service to customers, taking responsible action and maximising positive impact on local economies and local environments – working collaboratively across private and public sectors and Civil Society to enhance the impact of procurement and improve public services that benefit all stakeholders in communities.

Through our expertise and services in bid management, resourcing, training, and consultancy, our values run through everything we do, with parts of all profits going to the Value Match Foundation – set up to help organisations with charitable purposes at heart, supporting organisations through commercial activity, providing professional advice, resources and training.


Leading adult education charity, The WEA, empowers adults through learning at all stages of life. We bring great teaching to local communities, reaching around 50,000 students a year across England and Scotland.

We believe all adults should have access to the opportunities of education, right on their doorstep. With 2,000+ dedicated professional tutors, 3,000+ active volunteers and supportive members, we spread our impact nationwide – with every new voice making us louder!

West and West

Based in Oxfordshire, West & West is an award-winning electrical contractor. We’re a family business with family values and a proven track record in developing strong and successful partnerships.

We help our clients build and enhance a wide range of facilities for local communities, including schools, universities and leisure centres. Our expertise enables us to deliver the full spectrum of electrical contracting services, including compliance testing and maintenance. We have also forged strong partnerships with specialist mechanical contractors enabling us to offer M&E packages to meet our clients’ needs.