Setting Up a Co-operative Business

Starting up a co-operative society is similar to creating any other business. The difference lies only in the number of people involved and in the democratic structure of the co-operative model.

The start-up process of a co-operative in Malta currently requires the involvement of a minimum of 5 members (persons or entities). The Federation is your first port of call at this stage – you will find lots of help from the Federation and its Member Societies when starting up your co-operative.

From the moment you register your interest with the Federation, we can help connect you to the right people, organisations and co-operative societies that will provide you with all the essential support and advice you require at this crucial initial stage and beyond.

What do you need in order to set up a co-operative society?

You will need:

  • a statute
  • a business plan
  • a duly-filled in application for registration form, and
  • adequate knowledge about the co-operative business model

The Malta Co-operative Federation will provide you with the professional assistance you need to prepare for the setting up of a new co-operative society, including help with fund management and applying for start-up grants available. We have people long experienced in all areas of co-operative matters who will guide you through the start-up process and help you out at each stage.