In 2022 Cooperate Islington has been supporting 19 co-op startup groups that work or live in the London Borough of Islington. We’ve been providing them with seed grants and specialist advice to get them to the next stage in their co-op journey. Below is a selection of the co-ops we’ve been working with. 


Cooperation Town is a new network of community-led food co-ops, providing free and affordable food. Cooperation Town co-ops are owned and run by their members, who democratically decide how to organise the project.


CoBuy is a food co-op that buys bulk African and Caribbean health food and cosmetics items to bring down the price for its members.

shama modesty

Shama is a collective of 5 muslim women who make makes high-quality modest clothing and hijabs. The co-op provides good jobs to its members and supports them to train as designers and seamstresses in order to become economically empowered and independent. 

fc designer collective

The FC Designer Collective Consortium Co-op is a group of independent designers. They aim to give independent designers a platform to showcase and sell their products, as well as rent a creative affordable workspace to learn, grow and create.

Praxis Hospitality

Praxis is an early-stage catering worker cooperative made up of three members with years of experience in the hospitality sector: Hamza, Francesco and Andrea. 

Praxis will provide good quality, healthy food through catering and events services plus run community cooking classes.

empowered talent

Empowered Talent is a workers co-operative talent and training agency, with the ethos of enabling disabled performers to achieve their goal of working as professionals in a notoriously difficult and image-oriented industry. 

Empowered Talent represents singers, songwriters, poets, drag artists, dancers, comedians and variety performers, who identify as disabled (visibly or not).

community toolbank

Community Tool Bank is a group of people looking to provide a free tool lending service for Islington residents on low incomes living in social housing. 

The bank will be a community resource of DIY tools and other useful resources – a stock of tools held in common ownership as an alternative to all households purchasing their own tools, run democratically and cooperatively.

no tech for tyrants

No Tech for Tyrants (NT4T) is a student-led, UK-based organisation working to sever the links between higher education, violent technology, and hostile immigration environments. 

The group organises, researches, and campaigns to dismantle the violence infrastructure at the intersection of ethics, technology, migration governance, and surveillance. 


Founded in 2021, Multitudes focuses on improving access to digital infrastructure for Black and excluded communities, and to provide design support to social justice groups who advocate on behalf of those communities. 

Multitudes believes that technology and design can provide opportunities and tools for collective liberation.


FFF is an ethical, anti-racist, low-carbon alternative to mass consumption & the fashion and charity shop industries. 

We seek to create an inclusive and accessible service through dynamic education and the prudent use of textile resources. We operate a clothing exchange where we also host classes to teach people mending and up-cycling skills as well as highlight local sustainable designers. 


creative opportunities

Creative Opportunities CIC facilitates and encourages creativity amongst young Londoners, supporting them to develop skills, make connections and lead change. Creative Opportunities’ user-led programmes have empowered hundreds of young people to develop creative processes, freethinking and technical knowledge under the guidance of industry professionals.

A group of participants on the Brilliant Coops
A group of participants on the Brilliant Coops
A group of participants on the Brilliant Coops
A group of participants on the Brilliant Coops programme

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