Co-operatives UK, the umbrella body for the cooperative sector, has published a free guide to help public sector workers convert their services into independent mutuals.
The guide highlights the importance of effective business planning and financial projections, the need to make sure that the organisation has buy-in from staff and stakeholders and the necessity of start-up funding. It also examines the technical difficulties involved in staff transfer, procurement law and registering as a separate body.
Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co-operatives UK and a member of the Mutuals Taskforce set up by the government, said: "The government has ambitious targets for the number of public sector workers setting up cooperatives.
"We need to ensure they get high-quality information so that the new businesses they set up are sustainable, well run co-operatives that successfully unleash the talents and energies of their employees and users."