Co ops UKDuring the first six years 8th Day was run as a co-operative but was in fact legally a partnership. In 1976 On the Eighth Day Co-operative Limited registered as a workers’ co-operative under the Provident Societies Act.

What is a Worker Co-op?

A worker co-op is a co-operative owned and democratically managed by its workers. Most of the full time workers at 8th Day are members of the co-operative who work in either the shop or café AND manage the business. There is no top-down management system and we all earn the same; all members are expected to self-manage, and manage each other – often difficult, but worth it! The trade off: a sense of ownership of the business; playing a part in making decisions that affect you (the worker); empowering members to drive the business forward. Although we are relatively multi-skilled, in recent years – in order to remain competitive – we have placed more emphasis on members’ specific skills: our treasurers spend the majority of their time co-ordinating the co-op’s finances; we have two members trained to degree level in nutrition, and this is their main job; the chefs in the café also tend not to participate in many other activities…the essence is that all roles are regarded as of equal importance, and remunerated as such.

Working in a Co-op

What’s it like working within a Worker’s Co-op? How are they different from other businesses? Find out more about working within a democratic business here.


Read more about Manchester Central Foodbank and Emmelines Pantry Parlour (part of the Pankhurst Centre) who are the local food bank charities we support and the fantastic work they do with our local communities.

Our Ethos

What are the ethics that are central to our co-op and find out how they shape the policies we make, affect the way we work, source our products and drive our business.

More details...