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Registering a new co-operative
When you're working with an organisation that is ready to become a co-operative, there is plenty of support to help you to get it registered and legal.
Co-operatives UK’s in house specialist Legal Team provides an affordable registration service for new co-operatives. We provide assistance to co-operative business advisors supporting co-operatives and offer comprehensive support with the following:
All new co-operatives will need a governing document (see Chapter 4 of our Simply Governance publication) which lays out what the co-operative is going to do, by whom and in what way. Model rules are template governing documents which can be used by new organisations to make sure that they start off on the right legal footing. Co-operatives UK has a range of model governing documents for co-operatives for a variety of legal forms. Look at our range of model rules.
If you are working with a new co-operative and providing them with advice about which model rules to choose and whether they need to be changed to meet their needs, the Legal Team can answer any queries you might have. We can provide you with resources and put you in touch with sector specialists.
Once you have decided which of the model rules are right for the co-operative you are advising the next stage is to get it registered with the appropriate registrar. Our registration service takes the hassle out of what can be a complicated process. We prepare all of the statutory paperwork, liaise with the registrar on your behalf and hold your hand all the way through to formal registration. Look at our pricing structure for this service.
Feel free to email the Legal Team if you need further details.