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Shout about your co-operative
For co-operatives looking to grow their membership or their profits, one of the most effective tools is telling the world what it means to be a co-operative. Co-operatives are a different kind of business, and their values and principles provide a competitive difference that can feed their success - the virtuous circle. Tell potential customers that you are a co-operative and what that means, and you might find you've created a passionate and committed new co-operator.
Get on the Co-operate app
At 12 noon on the 19th June 2012, Co-operatives UK are launching the Co-operate App. Co-operate makes it easy for people to find co-operatives and mutuals across the UK. Whether they need food or phones, electricity or banking, Co-operate allows customers to download a better world on to their mobile phone. Through its reward and gamification features, it encourages users to visit their local co-operatives and spread the word amongst their friends.
To find out more about the Co-operate app - and to check that your co-operative's listing is up-to-date - please visit www.uk.coop/cooperate.
Co-operatives United is an inspiring global festival of events and exhibitions in Manchester to mark the close of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives. With thousands of people from around the world visiting Manchester between 29th October and 2nd November 2012, there are thousands of chances to showcase your organisation to a global audience of over 10,000 delegates and visitors. Your co-operative can exhibit, speak or sponsor and connect with a new audience of potential co-operators from around the world.
For more information about getting involved, please visit the Co-operatives United website here.
.Coop domain names
When you register a website, you have to choose what domain you are going to register with - .com, .co.uk, .org or any one of seemingly hundreds. But if you choose a .coop domain - such as www.uk.coop - every website, every email you send will be telling the world that you are a co-operative. Thousands of co-operatives all over the world are using and benefitting from .coop names, together making .coop the global brand for co-operative enterprise. And since only co-operatives can register for a .coop domain name, you'll find that many domain name addresses that were snapped up years ago on .com or .co.uk are still available.
To get your first year of a .coop domain name for free, just visit the .coop domains website here.