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5.5 Choosing your governing document

Your co-operative's governance – how it is organised – is determined by its governing document. This page sets out the model governing documents we hold for each type of co-operative legal form.

 

Co-operatives UK provides model rules or model governing documents for certain types of organisation. We give an overview of the key model rules below.

You can refer back to 5.3 to understand each type of co-op.

Co-operative Consortium

Relevant legal forms

  • Company Limited by Guarantee
  • Company Limited by Shares
  • Co-operative Society
  • LLP

Multi-stakeholder co-op

Relevant legal forms

  • Company limited by guarantee
  • Co-operative society

Worker co-op

Relevant legal forms

  • Company limited by guarantee
  • Company limited by shares
  • Co-operative society

Community co-op

Relevant legal forms

  • Community benefit society
  • Charitable community benefit society
  • Community interest company limited by guarantee
  • Community interest company limited by shares

  • Suitable if you are a group of people belonging to a particular community and wish to start a business that you will own and control.
  • Your community can be geographical (for example, a village shop) or a community of interest (for example, a renewable energy co-op).
  • A community co-operative will normally carry out activities that are of benefit to the whole community, or a large part of it.

We offer free model rules templates for a range of organisational types. 

If the type of co-op or legal form you are hoping to register is not listed, please contact the advice team for advice.

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Model governing documents

When registering a new co‑op you need governing documents. These are different depending on the legal form your co-op takes. We have a range of model rules available which we can tailor specifically for your co‑op.

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Consortium Co‑operative Society Model
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Consortia Co‑operative Company Limited by Shares Model
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Consortia Co‑operative Company Limited by Guarantee Model
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Multi‑stakeholder Co‑operative Society Model
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Multi‑stakeholder Co‑operative Company Limited by Guarantee
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Worker Co‑operative Society Model
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Worker Co‑operative Company Limited by Guarantee
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Worker Co‑operative Company Limited by Shares Model
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Community Benefit Society Model
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Charitable Community Benefit Society Model
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Co‑operative Community Interest Company Limited by Shares Model
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Co‑operative Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee
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Fully Mutual Co‑operative Housing Co‑op Model
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Tenant Management Housing Model
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Shared Ownership Housing Model
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Housing Co‑operative General Meeting Governed Model
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Mutual Home Ownership Society Rules
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Unincorporated Co‑operative Model
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