Co-operative Development Scotland

We support company growth in Scotland through co-ownership and collaborative business models. We offer advice to help you choose and implement the best co-operative business model for your organisation or community.

Employee ownership

Employee ownership is an effective way to drive business performance. Selling your company to your employees, or implementing an employee share plan, can boost productivity, increase employee engagement, and keep the company in the community.

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Collaboration with other businesses can make your company better at what it does. Whether it’s about sharing resources or finding new markets, collaboration can bring efficiency and lead to increased profits.

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Community co-operatives

Community co-operatives provide for shared ownership and control of services or assets, such as shops or utilities. This can be vital in areas where external investment is not readily available.

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