1. A wet fish stall
If you live in Nigel Farage’s old stomping ground of Thanet, the district council is the proud owner of a Wet Fish Stall in the local market .
Image: John Sheldon
2. A cheese factory
North of the border, one of the quirkier council ownerships is a cheese factory in Dumfries and Galloway.
3. A sawmill
One of the more traditional businesses on the list is a sawmill in the Midland town of Bromsgrove. The perfect antidote to council cuts.
Image: Darron Birgenheier
4. Pigeon lofts
A real coup. It’s a set of pigeon lofts in the district of Copeland in the Lake District.
5. A model railway
Proof that council spending has gone off the rails. Gravesham Borough Council owns a model railway.
6. A betting shop
A hot favourite for council ownership in the last 12 months -- a betting shop in Thurrock.
7. A bingo hall
Bidding to make it a full house of small businesses, Nottingham City Council took up ownership of a bingo club in the city.
Image: Play Among Friends PAF
8. The only way is clubbing in Essex
Harlow Council is the proud owner of ‘Seen’ in Harlow, a nightclub labelled ‘Essex’s most chic and sophisticated clubbing destination’.