Blake House is a Workers Cooperative
Full democracy, equality, fairness
When you think of a normal business you think of shareholders, bosses, profit margins and line managers. Uninspiring days sitting at a desk fulfilling the tasks handed down to you, working unpaid overtime when necessary and often feeling like your work is insignificant, meaningless and maybe even a little bullshit.
That’s what we thought, going through our lives stuck on some kind of ladder to nowhere wondering how to make a living, remain creative and feel fulfilled.
Then we found the co-operative movement and workers cooperatives, businesses that are run for and by the workers. That means no bosses, full democracy among members and an equal voice in how the business is run and an equal share of the profit of the company.
No, it’s not just a dodgy bank or a funeral provider.
It sounds a bit too good to be true, sure, but look into it and find out about the contribution worker cooperatives make to the economy, the job satisfaction of members and the number of successful worker co-ops currently out there in the UK.
There are 7 principles that are universal for co-ops and help make sure that we adhere to good practice in business: