Suma

Suma was founded in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in the early '70s, by three friends as a service organization supplying wholefoods and vegetarian foods to small wholefood shops throughout the North of England. Initially it was not meant as a formal business entity. The original members were more concerned with making healthy, vegetarian alternatives available to the highly processed supermarket foods of the time. Suma is now the biggest worker cooperative in the UK in terms of sales and employs 150 people. Suma regularly holds tours for groups of both national and international visitors. People are fascinated by the rare opportunity of seeing the cooperative working in practice and meeting cooperators in action! “We show people what a democratic worker-owned and controlled business looks like in action. They often can’t believe it, but evidence is in front of them. It’s often a revelatory experience for them; we will carry on doing this”, says Bon Cannell, member of the cooperative. Suma members are multi-skilled and perform a range of different duties, running the business without executive management. “We have no Chief Executive or Managing Director and our board is elected by workers; visitors cannot believe there is no outside management.They say: ‘it’s in another building, isn't it?’ We explain we run this business collectively”, adds Cannell. Suma keeps spreading the concept of employee ownership and opening peoples’ eyes to the potential and possibilities of cooperation.
Tourism Attractiveness 
People can see cooperative working in practice and meet cooperators in action. We show people what a democratic worker owned and controlled business looks like in action. They often can't believe it, but evidence is in front of them. It’s often a revelatory experience for them.
How we promote cooperatives’ values and culture 
We are the foremost worker cooperative in the UK. Suma endorses the values and principles of the worker cooperative movement.
Mother tongue 
English
Languages spoken 
Spanish Portuguese French German, Russian, Greek, Italian, Punjabi Welsh and some Chinese
Availability for visits 
on a weekly basis
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A.M.E.S. : Associazione per lo studio del Mutualismo e della Economia sociale. (Association for the Study of mutualism and the social economy)
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: Italy
A.p.T Terme di Comano Dolomiti di Brenta
Activity: Information and communication Country: Italy
APT Terme di Comano-Dolomiti di Brenta is the local tourist board, organized as a cooperative society. It counts around 250 members, who represent all the public and private entities in the valley (municipalities, other public entities such as the...
ABC Milano Società Cooperativa
Activity: Information and communication Country: Italy
ABC Milano is a cooperative operating in the sector of cultural activities since January 2010. The prevalent activity: editions of books, magazines and publications. Other activities: organization of recreational, social and cultural events;...
Activa Sistemas
Activity: Information and communication Country: Spain
Adernats Cooperativa Agrícola de Nulles
Activity: Food & Beverage Country: Spain
Wine Adernats Nulles is a Cooperative with about 90 members. The cooperative is involved in the production of wine and champagne. It has 14 employees. The Cellar is a jewel of Art Nouveau. (Catalan Modernism)
AGRÍCOLA FALSET-MARÇÀ i S. C., AFALMA, SCCL
Activity: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Country: Spain
Cooperativa Falset Marçà was founded in 1912. Today it counts more than 350 members, who are the grape growers themselves, and 17 employees. The vineyards are located in the Priorat county, under DO Montsant.
ANDRIA COOPERATIVA DI ABITANTI S.C.R.L.
Activity: Construction and Architecture Country: Italy
Andria was founded in 1975 in Correggio as a cooperative building dwellings. Over the years, the cooperative has allowed many families to buy their first home and has gained an interesting experience, progressively equipping the original know-how....
Arcadia Cooperativa Sociale di Solidarietà
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: Italy
ARCADIA is a multi-utility social cooperative which has been active in the working world of Liguria since 2004 and counts about 80 associates so far. Arcadia is mainly a mutual and non-profit social cooperative. While promoting and developing...
Ardelaine
Activity: Craft production Country: France
ARDELAINE is a cooperative created in 1982. The founders’ aim was to restructure and develop the local wool industry on the site of a derelict wool mill. At the end of October 2014, there were 52 employees, 33 of which were members. There were also...
Ardora Formación y Servicios Sociedade Cooperativa Galega
Activity: Education, Human health and Social work Country: Spain
Ardora Formación y Servicios is a workers’ cooperative with 3 partners, born in 2006 in Galicia, northwest of Spain. We work in training and consulting, usually in collaboration with fishing associations. Work lines: Organisation, design and...
ARTEVIVA
Activity: Travel agency Country: Italy
Arteviva is a cooperative providing tourist and cultural services. Active since 2009, it consists of four founding members, three of which are also workers. The cooperative performs the following key activities: organization of cultural events and...
Associação de Artesãos da Região de Aveiro - A Barrica
Activity: Craft production Country: Portugal
Association La fraternelle - Maison du Peuple
Activity: Creative, Arts and Entertainment Country: France
BETANIA
Activity: Country: Italy
Biciclot
Activity: Travel agency Country: Spain
Bizzilla Coop
Activity: Craft production Country: Malta
The 'Koperattiva Ghawdxija tal-Bizzilla u Artigjanat' was set up in Gozo in 1996 with the purpose of keeping up the name and the standard of the real Maltese lace. Over the past decade, this lace co-operative has built up a staff with the...
Brumleby Museum
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: Denmark
Brumleby Museum opened in 2016 in a working-class area in central Copenhagen. Brumleby Museum houses an exhibition in three storeys in the oldest co-operative association of Copenhagen, Østerbros Husholdningsforening from 1868. The museum is managed...
CASTELLO Società Cooperativa Sociale ONLUS
Activity: Education, Human health and Social work Country: Italy
Castello Società Cooperativa Sociale ONLUS is a cooperative organization born in 1979, which operates in the field of services for disabled people and their families and in the sector of social and working inclusion of disabled and disadvantaged...
Centro di documentazione cooperazione e economia sociale
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: Italy
Cestola na Cachola
Activity: Creative, Arts and Entertainment Country: Spain
Consorzio Sociale Goel
Activity: Travel agency Country: Italy
The GOEL Cooperative Group is an organized system of social enterprises whose "mission" is to change Locride and Calabria, which are struggling against the criminal organizations, to build democracy and true freedom in that territory.The...
Cooperativa 100 laghi. Società cooperativa di comunità.
Activity: Travel agency Country: Italy
We mainly operate in the tourism sector in the Apennines near Parma. Our Cooperative counts eleven members, but more will be added soon. We have a main office in Torrechiara, near Parma, the village with one of the most beautiful medieval Italian...
COOPERATIVA AGRÍCOLA DE SÓLLER « Sant Bartomeu »
Activity: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Country: Spain
Sóller Agricultural Cooperative has its roots in the “Sollerense Agricultural Syndicate”, created in 1899 to promote farmers' union, protect their interests, facilitate their crops and fight against plagues and illnesses. Since its creation,...
Cooperativa Sociale "La Tappa"
Activity: Accomodation Country: Italy
"La Tappa" is a "B type" Social Cooperative whose aim is to create jobs for disadvantaged people. We count 47 members and our main services are: accomodation, gardening, cleaning.
Cooperativa Sociale A.R.l. Qualità
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: Italy
Qualità is a social cooperative whose aim is to provide job opportunities to disadvantaged people. It manages Le Vie, a restaurant inspired to the slow tourism principles, and in a different context, it provides cleaning services. Since the...
Cooperativa Sociale LA TROTTOLA Onlus
Activity: Creative, Arts and Entertainment Country: Italy
La Trottola is a "B" type Cooperative regularly affiliated to the Regional bulletin-board of the cooperatives. The aim of its work is the creation and decoration of ceramic objects. In line with the Laws 381/91, 68/99 and of the Dpr 1151/...
COOPERATIVA SOCIALE LE MILLE E UNA NOTTE
Activity: Education, Human health and Social work Country: Italy
«Le mille e una notte » is a social organization presenting itself to the territory as a tool to promote active citizenship, offering opportunities of personal growth, social integration and improvement of life quality through the planning and...
Cooperativa Sociale Matrioska
Activity: Creative, Arts and Entertainment Country: Italy
MATRIOSKA is a social cooperative set up in Rome in July 2006, within a project for the development of social self-entrepreneurship promoted by the social Cooperative Tandem and the social consortium COIN. The project was financed by the Ministry of...
COOPERATIVA SOCIALE TERRA PROMESSA
Activity: Travel agency Country: Italy
The Cooperative Terra Promessa was born from the entrepreneurial idea which inspired the Association Consortium founded by Dr. Gilberto Perri " ACU " - Christian Humanitarian Action, a Christian social system launched in Gallico (Reggio...
Cooperativa Sviluppo e Futuro Levigliani A.r.l.
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: Italy
The Cooperativa Sviluppo & Futuro Levigliani was founded in 2001 by local youths in order to create a system of tourist accommodation, based on the cultural and environmental heritage of their community: Levigliani of Stazzema. Located in the...
Coopselios Social Cooperative
Activity: Education, Human health and Social work Country: Italy
Coopselios, as a social enterprise, is an Italian non-profit organization, leader in developing social and health programs for family care, with the aim of enhancing community welfare. It addresses social needs by providing services to families,...
CULTURALEZA Cultural Management and Dynamization of the Heritage
Activity: Landscape activities Country: Spain
Culturaleza is a S.C.A. located in the heart of the Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche Natural Park, in Cortegana (Huelva). It is a cooperative active in the Cultural Management and Dynamization of the Heritage, which also carries out many...
Dublin Food Co-operative Society Ltd
Activity: Food & Beverage Country: Ireland
Dublin Food Coop is a cooperative owned and run by its 1,400+ active members. We are Ireland's leading source for organic, local, Fairtrade, GMO-free and sustainable products - a true food democracy in the heart of Dublin city. We feature a...
Elite Formación, Eventos y Servicios Profesionales S.C.A. (Tuocio Eventos)
Activity: Landscape activities Country: Spain
Our company has two main activities: formation, both physical and online, and events. We organise business, sport, leisure and tourist events, which include activities like hinking and guided tours. Currently there are 3 members in the cooperative.
Equal S. Coop. Galega
Activity: Accomodation Country: Spain
Equal is a cooperative working in the environmental education sector, as well as in the local tourism and hostelling mainly targeted to families and youths. It`s located in a rural area with a population of less than 3000. The cooperative has been...
FC United of Manchester
Activity: Creative, Arts and Entertainment Country: United Kingdom
FC United of Manchester is a supporter-owned cooperative football club based in Moston, north Manchester. We have 3,700 members and the total number of employees, including both full time and part time, is approximately 60.
FLORENCE AND TUSCANY TOURS di FLORAPROMOTUSCANY SOC. COOP.
Activity: Travel agency Country: Italy
“FLORENCE AND TUSCANY TOURS” is an incoming tour operator with its headquarters in the historical center of Florence; it is also a cooperative of licensed tour guides. We organize regular guided tours in the historical center of the city and in the...
GRUPPO ITALIANO VINI SPA
Activity: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Country: Italy
Hamburger Genossenschafts-Museum, Heinrich-Kaufmann-Stiftung
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: Germany
Istituto Alcide Cervi
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: Italy
Koperattiva Rurali Manikata
Activity: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Country: Malta
Koperattiva Rurali Manikata was set up in the summer of 2007 by a group of farmers and residents of Manikataa, a small town in Malta. Their general aim was to put forward projects which would help to safeguard the natural, historical and socio-...
L'Olivera Cooperativa
Activity: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Country: Spain
At L'Olivera we grow grapes and olives and make wines and oils meant to express the place they come from: an origin, a land and a population who interpret it by making these products. Our various estates are located on dry land and cultivated...
L'Olivera Cooperativa - Masia Can Calopa de Dalt
Activity: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Country: Spain
At L'Olivera we grow grapes and olives and make wines and oils meant to express the place they come from: an origin, a land and a people who interpret it by making these products. We are a social cooperative which involves people with...
L'Ovile scrl
Activity: Education, Human health and Social work Country: Italy
L’Ovile operates in the social assistance sector providing domiciliary care services to disadvantaged people (mentally disabled, convicts) and carrying out language and cultural mediation addressed to migrants. Moreover, it also develops educational...
LA CIUTAT INVISIBLE SCCL
Activity: Education, Human health and Social work Country: Spain
"La Ciutat Invisible" is a cooperative born in 2005 in Barcelona, Catalonia. There are 5 working-associates and 2 more collaborators. The average age of our members is 36 years, and there are four male members and three women. Our main...
LA LANTERNA DI DIOGENE SOC. COOP. SOCIALE
Activity: Food & Beverage Country: Italy
La Lanterna di Diogene is a social cooperative managed by 8 members.
LE FAMILISTÈRE DE GUISE
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: France
In 2000, a century and half after the Familistère was founded by Jean-Baptiste André Godin, a public body called the ‘syndicat mixte du Familistère Godin’ was formed to create a new Utopia: to endow the Familistère of today with cultural, tourist,...
LE MAT - special places, special people, special values
Activity: Accomodation Country: Italy
Le Mat is a brand and a social franchise system developed, earned and used by social entrepreneurs in tourism. We help small, local, social cooperatives on a local level to develop their activities in sustainable tourism . Le Mat is a Consortium of...
Le Terre di don Peppe Diana – Libera Terra
Activity: Food & Beverage Country: Italy
B-type social cooperative managing properties confiscated to organized crime. It is involved in agricultural and food activities and includes eight people (members and collaborators).
Melsa Coop
Activity: Accomodation Country: Bulgaria
Melsa COOP is a cooperative hotel complex located in the center of Nessebar, a Bulgarian town which has been named as a Museum Town and an architectural reserve of national importance, thus included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The hotel...
Milhulloa S.Coop.Galega
Activity: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Country: Spain
Worker cooperative set up by three partners in 2001. It is specialized in the production of medical and aromatic plants, native greens in organic agriculture, transformation in herbal teas, spices, therapeutical oils and dehydrated greens.
Museo della Bilancia - Associazione culturale Libra 93
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: Italy
National Co-operative Archive
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: United Kingdom
National Cooperative Museum
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: Bulgaria
Natures S. Coop. And.
Activity: Landscape activities Country: Spain
Natures is a cooperative dedicated to nature tourism, environmental education and training. We are geologists, biologists and environmental educators interpreting the natural heritage in an attractive manner, creating unforgettable experiences for...
Nazareno
Activity: Education, Human health and Social work Country: Italy
The social cooperative Nazareno operates with people with disability, mental disorders and disadvantages in general. Headquarters is in Villa Chierici, an ancient well-restored villa in the residential area of Carpi, in the province of Modena. In...
ôkhra scic sa, Conservatoire des ocres et de la couleur
Activity: Creative, Arts and Entertainment Country: France
Ôkhra is located in a former ochre factory built in 1921. Business stopped in 1963. Renovation started with Ôkhra in 1994. Set up as an association, Ôkhra changed status in 2005 to become a social cooperative (SCIC, société cooperative d’intérêt...
Pärnu Bay Partnership NGO
Activity: Information and communication Country: Estonia
People's History Museum
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: United Kingdom
Plunkett Foundation
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: United Kingdom
Robert Owen Memorial Museum
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: United Kingdom
Rochdale Pioneers Museum
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: United Kingdom
SCOP TERRE VIVANTE
Activity: Information and communication Country: France
Terre vivante is a cooperative that employs 28 people and is based in the heart of the French Alps since 1994. Terre vivante is above all a publishing house, dealing with environmental and sustainable development matters. It also publishes a...
Società Cooperativa di Consumo e Mutua Assistenza “Borgo Po e Decoratori”
Activity: Food & Beverage Country: Italy
1) The “Società Cooperativa di Consumo e Mutua Assistenza Borgo Po e Decoratori” was born from the merger of two old Mutual Aid Societies. The first one (est. 1883) was a typical trade friendly association of home and building decorators and...
Società Cooperativa VISERAS
Activity: Museums, historical and natural sites Country: Italy
Viseras is the cooperative which runs the museum system of Mamoiada called MAMU; this includes "Museo delle Maschere Mediterranee", "Museo della Cultura e del Lavoro" and the "MATER" , museum of archeology and territory...
Suma
Activity: Food & Beverage Country: United Kingdom
Suma was founded in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in the early '70s, by three friends as a service organization supplying wholefoods and vegetarian foods to small wholefood shops throughout the North of England. Initially it was not meant as a formal...
Tandem Società Cooperativa Sociale Integrata
Activity: Information and communication Country: Italy
TANDEM Social and Integrated Cooperative was set up on 16th December 1997 at the end of the Project Tourism for All – Horizon Programme of the E.U. It has 39 worker members, 19 of which suffer from disabilities and 10 external consultants. Tandem is...
The Handmade Bakery
Activity: Craft production Country: United Kingdom
The Handmade Bakery (HMB) is a not for profit community supporting artisan bakery in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. We are a workers co-operative, owned and run by our members. It consists of a flourishing bakery producing more than 1500 loaves of...
Unicorn Grocery
Activity: Food & Beverage Country: United Kingdom
We are a workers co-operative running a wholefood grocery shop in a suburb of Manchester. We have approximately 65 worker members.
VillaggioCarovana Cooperativa Sociale ONLUS
Activity: Education, Human health and Social work Country: Italy
The cooperative organizes stays based on social integration, projects for schools and groups who are going to spend their own holidays in a friendly atmosphere. VillaggioCarovana’s operative seat is in Castiadas in Località Masone Pardu. The...
Zadruga Buna z.o.o.
Activity: Shop Country: Slovenia
"Buna" stands for coffee in many languages throughout the Horn of Africa. It is also a cooperative dedicated to social and environmental responsibility, transparency and freshness based in Slovenia. Buna was created by Živa, Tine and Rene...