- Set up your own organic buying group [PDF, 205 KB] A short guide on how to set up a buying group at work or in your community, giving advice on finding suppliers, admin systems, organising the finances, finding members, insurance, equipment etc.
- Buying Groups - a viable supermarket alternative [pdf, 506 KB] A report from the Soil Association highlights the growth potential of food co-ops and buying groups to support access to affordable, ethical and sustainable produce. The report produced at the end of the Making Local Food Work, Big Lottery funded programme revealed over 400 enterprises were supported by the initiative with many opportunities for development across the UK.
- Food co-ops toolkit: Sustain, our partner in the Making Local Food Work programme, has published a food co-ops toolkit to help more communities set up their own food co-ops and buying groups.www.sustainweb.org/foodcoops
- How to set up an organic buying group or food coop in schools [PDF, 385KB] This fact sheet provides guidance on the key things to consider when starting a buying group in your school.
- How to set up a food coop or buying group in a university or college [PDF,1.15MB] This fact sheet provides guidance on the key things to consider when starting a buying group in your university or college.
- How to set up a food coop or buying group at work [PDF, 986KB ] This fact sheet provides guidance on the key things to consider when starting a buying group in your workplace.
- Interactive buying group order form [PDF 215KB]
When setting up a buying group, the effort and complications of collating everyone's orders can seem rather daunting. We have therefore created an order form in Excel for you to use or from which to develop your own order form.
- Grow a Grocery Guide
Unicorn Grocery, with the support of Sustain's Food Coops programme, has produced a new Grow a Grocery guide which provides all the information needed to start up and run a wholefood co-operative. Unicorn Grocery Worker Co-operative was established in Manchester in 1996. Maintaining an approach of direct purchasing and competitive pricing, it has become one of the largest and most successful wholefood outlets in the UK, named The Observer Food Monthly's 'Best Independent Shop' and Radio Four Food Programme's 'Best Local Food Retailer in 2008. In this alternative model of trade, ethical principles remain at the core of the business. The focus is always on local, organic, fairly traded and wholesome goods. Around 70 lines of organic fruit and vegetables represent its region and beyond, at prices accessible to all. Unicorn now owns 21 acres of prime growing land just 14 miles from the shop, further improving and securing its regional vegetable supply for the future.
- Stroudco Food Hub database software
The software for the Stroudco system is now being made available free of charge to organisations/groups who will use it to set up not-for-profit social enterprises, on an open source basis. If you’d like to download the system, you’ll need to complete the form below first, and return to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stroudco currently has no budget or resources to provide technical support in using this system and no budget or resources to adapt the software for other organisations/groups. Stroudco is looking for funding to run a training session on using the software, so let them know if you are interested in training.
- Stroudco software form