Highburton Co-operative Society

Highburton Industrial and Provident Society Limited, or Highburton Co-op, was a small consumer co-operative based in the West Yorkshire village of Highburton, five miles southeast of Huddersfield. The Society was founded in 1857, buying the building from the church, and operating a single store on Towngate in the village. The Society claimed to being the world's oldest operating independent single retail co-operative outlet. In 2006, the Society held talks with the nearby Wooldale Co-op with a view to merging the two Societies' operations but these talks ended without a merger going ahead.

Highburton Industrial and Provident Society Limited
TypeConsumer Co-operative
IndustryRetail (Grocery)
Founded22 July 1857[1]
FateShop closed; society still exists as of 2009
HeadquartersHighburton, Huddersfield, UK
Area served
Highburton, Yorkshire
Key people
Roger Wilson, General Manager
Highburton Co-op, days before closure in February 2009

Highburton Co-operative closed for business on 27 February 2009.[2]

The Highburton Industrial and Provident Society (Highburton Co-op) voted to go into liquidation on 23 March 2010.

The former Highburton Industrial and Provident Society (Highburton Co-op) building was acquired on 17 May 2010 by Property Compliance Solutions Limited. From 2010, and following building refurbishment, the property was divided into two leased units, the ground floor being a convenience new shop run by Mr Peter Clegg, and the first floor being occupied by PCS Asbestos Consultants Limited.[3]


  1. ^ "Mutuals Public Register, Highburton Industrial and Provident Society Limited, number 173R". FSA. Retrieved 16 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Highburton Village Stores to close after 150 years". Huddersfield Examiner. 13 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Joy after plans to resurrect village shop are unveiled". Huddersfield Examiner. 13 November 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2011.